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Tour de France - which channel ?

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by sifowler, Jun 6, 2003.

  1. sifowler

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    Just wondering if anyone knows who have got the rights to the Tour de France this year. I know Eurosport have had it in the past but I'm wondering if ITV2 will have any coverage??
     
  2. adieacc

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    It used to be on C4
     
  3. sifowler

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    I think C4 got rid to make way for test cricket.
     
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    Eurosport again I'm afraid.
     
  5. alanrob

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    Was live on ITV2 for every stage last year.
    Hope they do so again this year.
     
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    Roll on the 5th July, when the best sporting event of the year begins IMO.

    I'm just waiting for the Eurosport schedules tba, need to find out on what dates they are showing the whole stage live, then get my leave booked and some beer in the fridge

    Gripping TV, watching the riders descend the mountains trying to negotiate the bends at speeds upto 70mph:eek::suicide: :D
    Whilst listening to the ramblings of David Duffield:smashin:

    I hope they show it on ITV, I can watch it whilst the Ads are on Eurosport!
    Paul Sherwin and Phil Ligget, usually do the commentaries on ITV, and are very Knowledgable, but don't quite have the passion.
     
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    I really miss the half hour programmes that C4 used to do.
    There is absolutely no way I have time to watch complete stages (sadly have to go to work) and even Eurosport's highlights were 1.5-2 hours long.:(
     
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    But you can't beat the Eurosport commentary (I've forgot the blokes name and it's driving me mad!). He tells you all about the restaurants he was in the previous night and what he had to eat etc. He can talk non stop for 7 hours on the full coverage days and it never seems boring to me.
     
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    DAVID DUFFIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As per my previous post;)

    I have to agree with you, he's great, non stop chatter, still going strong at 72 or 73 years of age:eek:

    The tour de France guide magazine should be out in the next few days, listing all the teams and riders.

    Who do you think will win this year??
     
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    David Duffield thanks for that.
    I'm not really sure of the people involved any more as I lost a bit of interest a couple of years ago when the drugs scandal hit the big time. A lot of people who I thought of as big heros were maybe not so much any more. It makes me wonder if Big Mig was clean during his reign ?
    If you know of anywhere I can look at the teams etc I would be grateful. I'm just looking at the "Le Tour" site now but my French is more than a little rusty.
     
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    13th July L'Alpe-D'Huez - worth a day of for that if Eurosport are doing a full day coverage. It may also be worth looking here:-

    L'Alpe-D'Huez

    There are some webcams on that site - wonder if they'll be set up for the race ?
     
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    David Duffield goes in my room 101. For me he drained every bit of excitement out of the race with his endless ramblings about what he had for dinner. He even missed commenting on the end of a stage once because his mind was on something else.
    I often wondered if the ES commentators actually had monitors as they did not seem to even know what was happening on screen. I used to watch with the sound off and play a decent CD.
    Anyway I no longer have Eurosport, limited to Freeview, so does that mean nothing this year. Oh NO.
     
  14. Kazuya Mishima

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    I like Duffers' ramblings.

    The problem for me is trying to decipher what Sean Kelly is saying!

    I really enjoy watching the mountain stages (L'Alpe-D'Huez, Mont Ventoux, Hautacam.....) Watching the attacks is dead exciting....can anyone challenge Armstrong? Ullrich's back with a new team but they are unproven at the mo.....Joseba Beloki has been third three times but has he got what it takes?

    Unfortunately I will be away (family wedding abroad) until 20th July so will miss a lot of it.:(
     
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    This months Pro-cycling magazine has a supplement dedicated to this years tour.

    From what i've read, it looks like Stage 7 will be the hardest day in the saddle, taking in the relatively unknown Col de la Ramaz.

    I think Armstrong will win again, not enough strong competition to really threaten his position IMO.

    It'll be interesting to see the French reaction to him this year, given the all time low in American- French relations, he never gets much support from them at the best of times.
     
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    Armstrong can be a bit of a prickly character....it makes for good entertainment! He's always got several little "feuds" going on, and he doesn't forget people who "dissed" him....
     
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    List of teams and riders HERE
    Thou team managers have upto the 4th of July to finalise their riders.
     
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    I always liked to watch Pantani in the mountains very brave rider. Seems he has drug and depression problems:-
    Pantani seeks help
     
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    Whatever his character is he is still an amazing athlete. Read his book "It's not about the bike"? and tell me you dont admire his determination/desire/will to live and succeed.

    I will not forget the vision of him destroying Ulrich in the mountains, truly awesome!!

    Steve
     
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    Sorry, my posts must have come across wrong :)blush: ) - I DO admire Armstrong, I read his book a couple of years ago I think.

    And yes, mountain-based destruction is always fun, Duffers gets well excited!
     
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    Just looked back through this thread and am pleased to see I'm not the only one who finds it hard to make out what Sean Kelly is saying !
     
  22. Kazuya Mishima

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    Especially when he's trying to pronounce foreign riders' names - Djoumolidine Abdoujaparov, anybody?

    :D
     
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    I've just read the official guide and was dismayed to see that the live coverage of the stage to Alpe d'Huez on Sun 13th, has been dramatically cut, showing only the last hour or so.

    This is usually the most dramatic, exciting and decisive stage of the tour, and so it is a bit of a strange decision.

    I have sent off a email to them urging them to reverse their decision and am awaiting a reply.

    Lets hope they listen:rolleyes: :smoke: :confused: :D
     
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    I'll be in Antigua - reckon there'll be any coverage over there?

    :rolleyes: :(
     
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    No; and serves you right you lucky :cool: b*****d:p
     
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    Well actually I am being dragged kicking and screaming to my little sister's wedding - against my will! Grrrr!

    Me want to watch Tour de France!

    A couple of years ago it piddled down with rain here in Scotland for a few weeks in summer - so I watched the whole thing! It was very good viewing when you got into it long-term, not just nightly highlights but whole days racing.
     
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    Yes, it is something like 5 day cricket, not easy to understand if you just see short snatches.
    Which is one reason it always amazes me that a sporting event that could (before TV) only be glimpsed for a few seconds by any one person became the number one French sporting event.
    Congratulations to your little sister, and dont spoil the wedding by saying you want to be home watching television.

    Regards Richard
     
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    Tour de France will shown on ITV2.
    It was mentioned during Friday's F1 qualifying.
     
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    I'll have to watch the end of the F1 race or qualifying coverage, but I think that ITV2 may be showing Le Tour live - with daily highlights on ITV1.

    I'm probably wrong, but that's what I'm hoping anyway! :D

    [edit] I've finally found some times on the Radio Times site. For non-digital terrestrial, coverage appears to start from Sunday afternoon (3:05-4:40pm), with daily highlights during the small hours (roughly after midnight and before 2am).

    Time to get my 'traditional' heap of Tour de France video tape... :smashin:

    Check #2 finds that ITV2 are showing two hours of 'prologue' coverage, with hour-long highlights at 7pm daily. You lucky people! :laugh:
     
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    Good news about ITV2 having coverage of it but bad news if Eurosport aren't doing the full day for the major mountain stages. I'm about to become jobless so I thought that I could finally sit and watch the full day coverage without having to take a day off ;)
     

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