Highlights of Jez Cox's Commentary form the 2020 UCI Road cycling season on Eurosport and GCN.
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Jez : "I'm writing on what should have been the day after my debut Paris - Roubaix on the Mic for Eurosport and GCN with mixed feelings. We've been so lucky to get any racing in at all this year and actually, there's now no doubt that we've been spoilt. Roubaix was cancelled of course but the racing we've had has been highly unpredictable and massively varied. Seeing races that are over 120 years old at completely the 'wrong' end of a season has been fascinating and thought provoking too."
"In the end my final race on the mic turned out the be the final men's one day World Tour race of the year, the Driedagse Brugge - de Panne in West Flanders. Do catch the full thing on the GCN App or by all means catch the 5 minute wrap highlights I've done for Eurosport (above)"
Prior to the resumption of racing this August my last cycling 'gig' was our incredible World Championships in Yorkshire. In between I had been lucky enough to get back on the announcers mic for Active Training World at their Ashridge Duathlon just a matter of days before lockdown began.
It's all happening now though! The exciting merger between Eurosport and GCN has seen the amount and depth of live racing at fans finger tips expand massively and I'm pleased to say that means even more great races to commentate on.
Here's my Autumn commentary race schedule where you'll be able to catch me on Eurosport and GCN through their brand new Apps and also on linear television world wide:
Here we have the last 4k of live finish line commentary.
Again, un-published until now, exactly one year on to the day.
Having been in the box at the finish line all day and joined by Rebecca Charlton to pick over the happenings out on the road Jez is then joined by forward announcer on the race Carl Lawrenson to whip up the crowds and bring the riders home.
Here we have the as yet unpublished recording of the closing stages of what was arguably the most important and 'stacked' circuit race ever to be held in England. Stage two of last years OVO Energy Women's Tour at the Kent CycloPark. What a great day in the sunshine for those that were lucky enough to be there one year ago.
If you weren't (and if you were), have a listen to this...
Live commentary starting with the voice of Jez Cox who was positioned at the top of the BMX track overlooking the back end of the course and then Carl Lawrenson who was in the box overlooking the finish line.
Missing seeing top level racing whilst in lockdown?
Sit back and enjoy 15 minutes of the highlights from great finishes at the 2019 Tour of Denmark
The highlights feature commentary from Jez Cox and Tony Gibb
Jez : "I'm quite open about my goals. When I started on the mic I set myself some ambitious targets. I wanted to be the official speaker of Britain's biggest races and I do that with the Tour of Britain and Women's Tour. I wanted to be the live commentator for a World Championship and I achieved that at Yorkshire 2019. I wanted to become a Eurosport live commentator and that came to fruition last year too. My final 2 goals are to call the finish of an Olympic road race and then live commentate on a Grand Tour.
I'm working on it! I am of course in incredible company amongst some brilliant English speaking lead commentators and I get to work alongside some truly world class expert commentators such as Tony below but I 'm also not afraid to state where I want to be because otherwise people will think you're comfortable. I'm not comfortable. I'm itchily ambitious and I want to tick every box to get there because if I don't someone else will.
Next stop the Olympics and becoming a regular on the Grand Tours.
I might fail but I'll still try.
I'm always learning though and the only way I'll really learn is to take criticism on board. If there are elements that grate with you or wish were different in the way I come across below, do please tell me. Genuinely, I want to know as it's the only way I'll get better at being a sporting storyteller.
Enjoy the below"
NOTE ***These are live video commentary highlights CROPPED AND COMPLIED BY JEZ COX whose commentary features and although the footage is all from the original Eurosport coverage the rough editing should and does not reflect the slick presentation that Eurosport viewers worldwide are used to. Jez is by no means a video editing expert so do forgive us***
Our 4th throwback clip below only take us back to the end of last season but doesn't it seem like a world away right now?
Thousands gathered atop Burton Dassett Country Park in Warwickshire to witness an incredible late attack by Ben Swift before the MVP took out his crank based egg whisk and minced the field with it just as he did in Kendal on his way to winning the race overall.
A great day in the sunshine up there.
Let's hope the Tour of Britain is able to happen (and safely) this year.
Get out and support it if you never have because it's such an special road side experience.
Click below to hear the final 900 metres of finish line commentary
The panoramic shot below is of the early morning finish line build before all the fans arrived
It is a privilege to bring you a never before published recording of the closing stages of the Women's UCI Road World Championships as the hundreds of thousands of fans heard it live in Harrogate at the end of the 2019 season.
It was of course the World title won by The Netherlands' Annemiek Van Vleuten after a 100km solo break-away.
Commentary by Jez Cox (GBR) and Randy Ferguson (CAN)
As the American Sunweb rider Coryn Rivera closed in on her maiden Women's Tour victory here is 2 minutes of the build up to a critical stage finish in what was a brilliant edition of the Women's Tour that year. Great racing and brilliant crowds.
In the first of a series of Lockdown Throwbacks we revisit a gloomy evening on the iconic Durham course which saw young Tom Pidcock take an incredible win as well as making a bike change in the pits which saw him go viral in the first of a number of skilful viral manoeuvres thanks to the Tour Series' testing courses and electric races.
Here's Jez's interview with him straight after the win in front of a massive crowd up there on the cobbled hilltop. And yes, Jez said he'd win the Tour. Remember that.... ;-)