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5 live will be at every stage of this year's Tour de France - the 100th in its history. Here our team talk about their expectations for the race - a second consecutive British winner? - plus how they'll bring it to you:

Simon Brotherton - Commentator: 

This will be 19th time I've covered the Tour. At first it was quite a battle to get 30 seconds on to the sports desks and now here we are with a team of four, providing full commentary on 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website every day, along with a round-up for the 5 live Bespoke podcast after every stage.

It's an illustration of how far British Cycling has come. From the days when we were relieved just to have a British rider in the race, to finally seeing a British winner of the event last summer in Bradley Wiggins.

It'll be someone else's turn this year in this special 100th edition and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the race brings and painting the pictures from the commentary box on the finish line every day.

Listen an extract from 5 live's Tour de France preview where Britain's Mark Cavendish - with 23 Tour de France stages to his name - talks about the art of sprinting:

Olie D'Albertanson - Producer:

I’m lucky enough to have produced at some of the biggest sporting events in the world: the World Cup in South Africa, Euro 2012, Ryder Cups, plus the Olympics and Paralympics last summer. However, this is my very first Tour de France. I can't wait for it all to get started.

More than any other event I've attended, this one already feels like a travelling circus - and the race hasn't even begun.

This is the 100th Tour de France, and it all gets underway in Corsica tomorrow (Saturday 29th June). It’ll be on the island for three days before it takes a 12-hour overnight ferry back to the mainland to continue the journey.

The cyclists themselves will be riding nearly 2500 miles. However, the actual distance covered by everyone involved is probably more than double that; there can be as much as 350 miles between the end of one stage and the start of another.

My "office" for this trip is the back of a small people carrier which will carry all our broadcast equipment, our clothes for a month, some emergency brioche, as well as transporting your commentary team around France and (hopefully) up and down some it's most impressive mountain ranges. Due to the cramped conditions I can't help but think I've been chosen to cover this event as I’m not much bigger than a hobbit.

There are three people who will be bringing this event to life for you over the next few weeks, from the race itself to all the behind the scenes chaos: as well as commentator Simon Brotherton we have expert summarisers Rob Hayles and Graham Jones. As well as what you’ll hear on air they’ll be posting behind-the-scenes photos, blogs and videos here on the 5 live website.

If you have questions for the team you can leave your messages here, and for those of you on Twitter follow @bbc5live and use the hashtag #bbctdf. We will try to answers as many questions as we can during commentary.

Rob Hayles - Summariser:

I'm a triple Olympic medallist, double world champion and British national road race champion in 2008.

This will be the fourth Tour I have covered, although the previous three have been from the comfort of a studio back in London. So this year I am looking forward to witnessing the 100th edition first-hand. Having warmed up this year already alongside Simon Brotherton at the Giro, I feel (almost) ready for what awaits us in France. 

The enormity of working on the biggest annual sporting event is something that can’t be taken lightly. I hope we’ll be able to convey the atmosphere of the Tour to everyone back home with the justice it fully deserves.

Last year the Yellow Jersey for the winner of the Tour came to Britain for the first ever time – Sir Bradley Wiggins. This year he’s not in a position to defend that title, but his team is. The burden of that possibility rests squarely with another Brit: Chris Froome. Can he do it? Well we will have 21 days of coverage to bring to you before we may know for sure.

Graham Jones - Summariser:

I am a veteran of the Tour; in fact this will be my 29th. I have ridden it five times, covered it four times as a press consultant for the Guardian, Herald Tribune and the Observer, and since 1995 I’ve been a summariser for BBC Radio 5 live.

I was described by the late sportswriter Geoffrey Nicholson in his preface to one of his books as 'The Great Navigator'. It's a title I consider to be totally justified, as I believe I know France and all its roads better than 99% of French people!

I will be bringing you my tactical insight into the race, as well as brining to life what goes on once the microphones and cameras are packed up and moved on to the next stage.

5 live's coverage of the 100th Tour de France begins on Saturday 29 June at 3.30pm on 5 live sports extra. There will be a summary of each day's action on 5 live's Bespoke podcast, available here.


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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Sarnia

    on 1 Jul 2013 10:22

    Blimey Fed! Started reading your list and got dizzy! Agree with you re Simon Brotherton he is very good as is my personal fave, John Murray

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Fedster

    on 28 Jun 2013 18:38

    5 Live Sports Extra 2012 - 2013

    51 commentaries (simulcasts of local coverage not included)


    8 Premier League
    30 Football League
    5 FA Cup
    5 League Cup
    2 Internationals
    1 Community Shield


    10 Ian Brown, Alistair Bruce-Ball
    08 Mike Sewell
    06 John Acres
    04 David Oates
    03 Adam Pope
    02 Conor McNamara, Dave Woods, Paul Walker, Seth Bennett
    01 Alastair Durden, Darren Fletcher, Jacqui Oatley, John Murray, Simon Brotherton


    Clive Allen 1; Craig Burley 1; Danny Higginbotham 1; Dean Ashton 1; Dean Kiely 5; Dion Dublin 1; Jimmy Armfield 4; Keith Andrews 2; Kevin Gallacher 7; Kevin Kilbane 1; Kevin Radcliffe 1; Kit Symons 1; Leroy Rosenior 1; Mark Bowen 1; Mark Bright 6; Mark McGee 1; Matt Jackson 1; Michael Gray 1; Nigel Worthington 1; Pat Nevin 2; Paul Jewell 1; Phil Brown 1; Steve Claridge 4; Steve Froggatt 2; Steven Reid 2 & Tim Flowers 1

    5 Live 2012 - 2013

    232 commentaries


    115 Premier League
    27 Football League
    32 FA Cup
    14 League Cup
    19 Champions League
    7 Europa League
    15 Internationls
    2 Scottish FA Cup
    1 SPL


    66 John Murray
    58 Alan Green
    45 Darren Fletcher
    41 Mike Ingham
    34 Ian Dennis
    32 Conor McNamara
    10 Alistair Bruce-Ball
    06 Simon Brotherton
    05 Ian Brown, John Motson
    03 Roddy Forsyth
    02 Dave Woods
    01 Mike Sewell, Jonathan Pearce


    Chris Coleman 3, Clive Allen 3, Craig Brown 2; Craig Burley 8; Craig Levein 2; Danny Mills 24; David Moyes 1; David Pleat 16; Dean Ashton 1; Dean Kiely 3; Dion Dublin 3; Graeme Le Saux 12; Graham Taylor 13; Jan Molby 1; Jason Roberts 1; Jimmy Armfield 7; Joe Jordan 2; John Hartson 2; Kevin Gallacher 3; Kevin Kilbane 14; Mark Bowen 2; Mark Bright 4; Mark Lawrenson 14; Martin Keown 8; Mick McCarthy 2; Nigel Spackman 6; Nigel Worthington 1; Pat Nevin 18; Paul Jewell 2; Peter Reid 1; Phil Brown 12; Robbie Savage 21; Steve Claridge 17 & Steve McLaren 4.

    Due to the overlap with the last internationals of the season I've included the 2 commentaries from the Under 21 tournament in the stats.

    There were 3 Saturday 3pm PL commentaries in the Autumn that started on Sports Extra and ended on 5 Live. The match, the summariser and the 5 Live commentator are included in the 5 Live stats but the Sports Extra commentator is listed in that section

    Big thanks to shaun_d for these figures!!

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Fedster

    on 28 Jun 2013 18:35

    Simon Brotherton is a top notch commentator, always enjoy listening to him, regardless of which sport he is covering, i was suprised looking at the statistics, which the bods at digitalspy compiled, of all the 5live commentators and how much matches they have covered, simon is down on the list!! Shame!!

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