Cycling commentators have the unenviable job of having to know facts and stats at a split second’s notice, and inevitably they sometimes don’t get every fact spot on.
What’s more they have to keep talking even when there might not be much to say – during a some of the longer stages at this year’s Tour de France for example – and that’s when the meaning of what they’re saying can get a bit skewed.
Under obligation not to allow viewers to watch the cycling action unfold in silence, those on the commentary desk might clutch at straws in their fear of leaving us uninformed. Sometimes they’re even left clutching at the desk itself.
Such scrabbling around for something to say often lends itself to some phrases that would be far more at home on Alan Partridge’s show on Radio Norwich.
Occasional mishaps aside, cycling television coverage simply wouldn’t be what it is today without the informative and welcome input from our sport’s favourite television personalities; even if no one can pronounce Louis Meintjes’s surname.
So in honour of the army of pundits, commentators and experts who both inform and entertain, we have put together a cycling quiz to see if you can tell your Partridge quotations from your genuine cycling commentary quotes.