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The BBC will once again broadcast the UCI road cycling world championships, which this year will be held in Florence, Italy, between September 22 and 29, the UCI has announced.

The UCI says this world’s will have the broadest TV reach in history, with coverage on new stations and new territories including Al Jazeera (Middle East), Charlton (Israel) and Direct TV (South America).

A combination of live and highlights will also be available on the UCI’s Official You Tube channel, depending on each territory’s broadcast commitment.

The BBC’s coverage will be presented by Jonathan Edwards  with Ccommentary from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman and reporting by Jill Douglas.

BBC TV world championships schedule

Time trials: Wednesday 25 September, 1.40-4.10pm, BBC TWO

Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 3.30-4.30pm, BBC ONE
Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 4.30-5.15pm, BBC TWO

Men’s road race: Sunday 29 September, 2.15-4.15pm, BBC TWO

(Note: The BBC website currently says the men's race will be broadcast on 28 September) hence our earlier error. We're sorry to disappoint those planning to watch it on the BBC and then head down the bookies,  but can you imagine all the people complaining about spoilers?)

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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andyhill1 [8 posts] 3 years ago
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Will the full road races be on the red button again like last year?

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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The elite mens race is on Sunday 29th not Saturday 28th. Good to see that renowned cyclist Jonathan Edwards heading things up for the Beeb. Surely they can do better?

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crazy-legs [811 posts] 3 years ago
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arrieredupeleton wrote:

Good to see that renowned cyclist Jonathan Edwards heading things up for the Beeb. Surely they can do better?

Ah but he's a "name" - might mean that they get more viewers cos more people recognise the name. Sometimes it works - Jake Humphries was actually very good in commentary/anchor on the Olympics; Adrian Chiles by contrast was bloody awful.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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I am glad one name is missing from that. HUGH PORTER  24

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crazy-legs [811 posts] 3 years ago
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Agreed, the sooner he gets put out to pasture the better. He was good in his day, he's done a huge amount for the sport and he's a nice bloke but he really needs to realise that his time is done.

Glad I can watch ToB on EuroSport cos Hugh's commentary on ITV4 has been cringeworthy.  2

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Dog72 [106 posts] 3 years ago
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Race Face

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VeloPeo [333 posts] 3 years ago
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timothy [38 posts] 3 years ago
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Ageist comments, your tern will come. Given some of the commentary on other channels he does quite well.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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timothy wrote:

Ageist comments, your tern will come. Given some of the commentary on other channels he does quite well.

Nothing about his age on my part, I just think he's never been a good commentator. He's on the same level as P&P....all mouth, no knowledge about what they are speaking about.

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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I'll take Hugh Porter over Eurosport's Carlton Kirby anytime. Anytime.

The races will be shown on Sporza as well, in fact sometimes I mute the Eurosport channel and use Sporza internet commentary just to avoid CK.

Please can David Harmon come back? I hope he's getting better.

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davidncohen [6 posts] 3 years ago
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I always felt that Porter's commentating expertise was on the track, not on the road.

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a.jumper [846 posts] 3 years ago
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No team timed trial coverage?

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Al__S [1081 posts] 3 years ago
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VeloPeo wrote:

Porter got dropped by the BBC

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/9906092/BBCs-disser...

Yeah, he's popped up on the Tour of Britain coverage (ITV). I know some don't like them, but I'd much prefer Carlton Kirby, Phill Ligget, paul Sherwen etc.

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festival [107 posts] 3 years ago
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Hugh Porter, No Knowledge? You Sir, are talking rubbish.

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Wooliferkins [50 posts] 3 years ago
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Nothing ageist in the comment at all. Ageist would be, "We need someone younger than X because X has passed a certain age."
That someone can no longer do their job to the standard they used/ that is required to is a valid reason to replace that person.
Hugh has a future as a pundit but the increasing errors in his live commentary say, that sadly, he's not up to the job anymore.
He's always made Murray Walker type errors, that we loved, and quickly self corrected but they are increasing and becoming blatant mistakes not slips of the tongue.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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Wooliferkins wrote:

Nothing ageist in the comment at all. Ageist would be, "We need someone younger than X because X has passed a certain age."
That someone can no longer do their job to the standard they used/ that is required to is a valid reason to replace that person.
Hugh has a future as a pundit but the increasing errors in his live commentary say, that sadly, he's not up to the job anymore.
He's always made Murray Walker type errors, that we loved, and quickly self corrected but they are increasing and becoming blatant mistakes not slips of the tongue.

Totally agree. Bear in mind cycling enjoying a huge surge in popularity and viewing figures for these events. Porter can totally confuse even seasoned cycling fans never mind newcomers to the sport. Having said that there's not many commentators who've won at the Commonwealth Games and rode the ToB so he does know more than most about the sport - albeit from experiences decades ago. A backward step by ITV nevertheless.

Another point. Why do riders not have a race number somewhere on the front of their person/bike. Probably tradition and aerodynamics but with all these daft ventless helmets currently in fashion, could numbers not be stuck on them? It would certainly help commentators identify riders in a head-on sprint shot (with the exception of David Harmon who seems to recognise riders by their form alone).

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robthehungrymonkey [158 posts] 3 years ago
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Jonathan Edwards is a particularly keen cyclist though... And does a good job on telly.

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Roberj4 [221 posts] 3 years ago
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I miss David Harmon. When Cadel won his worlds RR title Dave's commentary was epic. Any way I've ditched Sky to go Free-view so I'm pleased with this announcement...get my PVR on record!  1

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Scottsparkrider [9 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone know where I, or anyone else who has been in work, can watch today's race. Bbc red button isn't showing it and the website has a two-min video with a spoiler saying who won before you click.