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Phil, Paul and Bob Roll aren't even in Italy(33 posts)

Phil, Paul and Bob Roll aren't even in ItalySpoiler
May 13, 2003 6:07 AM
OK, before each show, all of them are shown inside a studio which might be the exact same studio that's used for the Tour and the Vuelta and Summer Sportzone.
In the '00 Giro, Bob Roll would be at the finish line getting interviews with the stage winner and he'd interview riders before the stages. I really miss this. This year, nothing. We haven't heard a single rider speak a single word.
Are they going to cover the whole race by remote control?
SPOILER ALERT!mohair_chair
May 13, 2003 6:23 AM
So what?
re: duhcyclopathic
May 13, 2003 6:25 AM
they're in studio in London, same way as they were for Vuelta: OLN coverage on cheap. Thanks God we've get a chance to watch it at all!
agree; be grateful for what we haveDougSloan
May 13, 2003 6:29 AM
No one was present for coverage of the moon landings, either (before most of your times, I realize).

Better check your historyMel Erickson
May 13, 2003 6:44 AM
I think the moon landings were done on set in Burbank with a whole film crew to witness the event.
thanks, Mr Flat Earth ;-) nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 6:52 AM
And John F. KennedyMel Erickson
May 13, 2003 8:03 AM
is really alive. He's 85 or so, living in Mauritius and still cavorting with the 19 year old bimbo he took along on trips to be his "secretary" (of course she's 60 now but still looks pretty good, or so my sources say).
no, no, no, he's with Marilyn nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 8:18 AM
Both of them......................nmMR_GRUMPY
May 13, 2003 8:58 AM
One small climb for man, one great field sprint for mankind nmbigrider
May 13, 2003 7:09 AM
Some say no one was present for the moon landings, period. nmOldEdScott
May 13, 2003 7:21 AM
not you, I hope nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 8:03 AM
Nope, and I LOVE space exploration. I thinkOldEdScott
May 13, 2003 8:05 AM
there's nothing more important we can do. Space exploration would be the last place I'd cut spending, and the first thing I'd raise taxes for.
manned mission to Mars?DougSloan
May 13, 2003 8:16 AM
getting far astray from cycling now, but how about a manned mission to Mars? It would be far more entertaining than this Iraq thing ever was. Of course, lots of people would gripe about the cost, but at least we're invading an unpopulated planet.

Absolutely! Whatever the cost. nmOldEdScott
May 13, 2003 8:28 AM
unpopulated says you! nmJS Haiku Shop
May 13, 2003 8:33 AM
regime change on Mars? nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 8:36 AM
I ran alongside Armstrong nmIFTreedog
May 13, 2003 8:07 AM
which one? nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 8:17 AM
...not was pretty high up, though...nmIFTreedog
May 13, 2003 9:41 AM
on the moon? :-) nmDougSloan
May 13, 2003 9:43 AM
but this is the Giro!!!!Fender
May 13, 2003 8:25 AM
re: duhJL
May 13, 2003 6:34 AM
Aren't they in Connecticut at the OLN Studios. Bob Roll explained the picture break up sometimes occurs getting the picture back to America via satellite.

Plus, you'll probably see pictures of them on attending this weeks Housatonic Valley Classic in Connecticut. That's what happened last year.

I agree with you though. Who cares where they are? The fact that we have as much as we do is great.

Happy riding.

What's the difference?noveread
May 13, 2003 6:33 AM
If they were in Italy, they'd be sitting in a trailer at the finish area watching the RAI feed. Same thing, different location. What's the difference? None. Did you expect them to be doing their coverage road-side?

If you saw the '00 Giro, you'd realize the differenceSpoiler
May 13, 2003 3:11 PM
The commentators would arrive at the start town by car. They had to drive the same roads the racers would ride the next day, so the commentators knew the course, they knew how steep the climbs were and how dangerous the approaches were.
Bob Roll was at the finish line each day interviewing the winner. When David McKenzie won after a 100+mile solo break away, Roll was there to interview him, with tears running down his face. Roll was there to speak with the man who makes the jerseys for each stages winners. Roll was there to interview riders before each stage, asking them who they thought had a good chance to win.
At the Tour de France, when Armstrong battled Pantani at Monde Vonteau (sp?), Phil and Paul were at the top before the stage, in full parkas, with the wind howling and the temperatures near freezing.
Phil opens the segment my saying, "We're at the top of Mon Vonteax, and in danger of being blown off it."
This gave the views a real feel for what the riders had in front of them.
Any serious fan of bike racing wants to hear what the racers have to say, how they feel as the emotion of winning or losing a stage is still fresh.
maybe we should have "embedded" reporters?DougSloan
May 13, 2003 7:12 AM
They'd have to be in pretty good shape, though. Wire them up with a mike and mini camera. They can conduct interviews while riding with the peloton. Let them take EPO if they need to. It would be fantastic.

Send Jonathan Vaughters . . .ms
May 13, 2003 11:06 AM
maybe he finally could complete a grand tour (even if it is not LE TOUR).
Stamford, CTFausto
May 13, 2003 8:30 AM
Evertime I see the dynamic three in the studio, I have to laugh at the mountain range in the background. They are in fact in Stamford, CT as they have been for every Giro.

Secondly, Boll Roll wasn't even broadcasting in 2000, so there were no interviews from Italy. Never happened!

Our heroes always attend the Tour de France and broadcast from the race.

The Vuelta...depends. Last year as the previous year, they were in London.

Looking forward to saying hello to the guys this weekend at the Housatonic Classic
May 13, 2003 9:26 AM
Stamford, eh? As a CT resident, that's pretty cool. I'll be going to the HVC this Sunday, too. I *really* wanted to go last year but I had promised to help a friend move into his new condo. Did you go last year? If so, where did you "park yourself" to watch the race - the finish, or did you move around?



P.S. I'm sure you are aware that there is also a New Haven Crit this Friday night and a Waterbury one on Saturday.
May 13, 2003 12:16 PM
Your best bet is to watch the Mens race start and then stay in the center of Danbury to watch the ladies Finsih before the men arrive. It's not worth the trouble to move around due to the distance, time and parking.

As for parking in downtown Danbury, it's mostly free and easy to find.

Ask for me on Saturday in the Mavic booth. There is a good chance I'll be there.
Thanks. OK, should I ask for "Fausto"? ;-)jtferraro
May 13, 2003 7:36 PM
I'll be at the New Haven Crit this Friday night, too. Will you be there, as well?

Jeff, Email me at spinning@mac.comFausto
May 14, 2003 5:21 AM
Jeff, Email me at
It's RAI's fault!terzo rene
May 13, 2003 2:10 PM
The have raised their fees for TV rights so much that most of Europe is not even getting to see the race. I assume those increased fees are the reason they are confined to quarters.