BBC Tour de France commentators carry on regardless as desk collapses during finale (video)

Rob Hatch and Rob Hayles show their professionalism by carrying on with commentary at the Tour de France despite destroying their desk

The final kilometres of a Tour de France stage are stressful enough for television and radio commentators, but when your desk collapses as the riders approach the finish line it all gets a bit harder.

BBC Radio 5 Live commentators Rob Hatch and Rob Hayles show true British spirit by keeping calm and carrying on as their desk full of notes and equipment falls apart at the seams.

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For Hatch it seemed an everyday occurrence as his voice didn't waiver one bit as he called Peter Sagan to the line (who was eventually beaten by Marcel Kittel and Bryan Coquard).

A lean across the desk from Hatch was all it took to send everything flying - the tray of macaroons on the desk may go some way to explaining the extra weight put on the wooden surface.

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Hayles, meanwhile, looked a little more surprised that his workspace had just been destroyed, but showed his legs are still strong after his cycling career by taking almost the full burden of the desk on his knees until the support team stepped in.

Hopefully the level of handywork will be a bit better in Le Lioran on stage five.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.