The famous finish line commentator's voice heard at the Tour de France belongs to Daniel Mangeas. His broadcasting for the Tour began in 1974. He is a talking cycling encyclopedia, never using notes, working entirely through improvisation.
The finish line voice for the Giro d'Italia is Barbara Pedrotti. With sheer determination, toughness, and intelligence she recenty became the first female voice of the Giro. As a young girl she dreamed of becoming Miss Italy. Then, she fell in love with the world of cycling. Pedrotti explains, "I love cycling. Seeing the old families along the roadsides awaiting the arrival of their champions. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, sons and grandchildren, as a celebration of the country, with panini and salami ... it's beautiful, is it not?".
I think we are due for a Barbara Predotti special edition in the future...
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