Simon Gerrans, a stage winner in all three Grand Tours, and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore will bring distinctive Australian voices to the global coverage of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships held in Wollongong this September.
Gerrans and Gilmore will join respected British cycling commentator Anthony McCrossan as the commentary team for the host broadcast of the event, which will be held in the southern hemisphere for just the second time in 101 years.
Gerrans said it was a privilege to be part of the host broadcast for an event of this status, especially one held in his home country.
“I cannot wait to see the UCI Road World Championships come home to Australia, to see the peloton racing alongside our iconic beaches and to hear the Aussies cheering on the world’s best as they battle it out on the streets of Wollongong,” he said.
“After competing in the last Australian edition of the event in Geelong in 2010, I can again feel the adrenaline and enthusiasm that will come from the fans and the athletes in Wollongong.
“It will be wonderful to work with Anthony and Rochelle and to provide some local intel to the global audience of up to 300 million viewers.”
Gilmore, former professional cyclist for 15 European seasons, two-time silver medallist at the UCI Track World Championships and NSW Hall of Champions Inductee, said she was excited to share and explore her hometown of Wollongong with the international cycling community.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see world-class racing against a spectacular backdrop, and to learn about the quintessential Australian landscape, culture and way of life,” she said.
Their voices will also be heard on Australian TVs through the domestic broadcast. Stan Sport and Nine will supplement the world feed broadcast with their own expert talent across the eight days of Championship racing.
Leading Stan Sport’s commentary team will be revered cycling expert and host Michael Tomalaris. With a career in sports commentary spanning more than thirty years, Tomalaris is known for his extensive coverage of global cycling events, from the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta Ciclista a España and the Paris-Roubaix, as well as the 26 years he hosted Australia’s coverage of the biggest cycling race in the world – the Tour de France.
Former Olympic cyclists Scott McGrory and Kate Bates join the commentary team as analysts, breaking down all the action across the thrilling eight-day programme. Sports journalist and cycling expert Sophie Smith will be on the ground in Wollongong, providing in-depth coverage across the entire UCI Road World Championships.
Stan Sport will be the only place to watch every minute of every race across seven days of competition, with daily highlights and recaps available to stream on demand. The Nine Network will show live coverage of the Men Elite and Women Elite Road Races and live crosses to the Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trials on the Nine Network.