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Cycling commentator apologises three times after swearing live on TV over rider's outfit


Eurosport cycling commentator Sean Kelly was forced to repeatedly apologise after swearing live on TV for his comments regarding French team Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale, who had their previous outfits. The infamous brown shorts of previous events were now gone in favour of black alternatives, which Kelly joked was the source of their improvement.

After 14 years in the brown, the team undertook a big overhaul that saw them ditch their colours, sponsor and even name. Decathlon was unveiled as the new title sponsor and bike supplier for 2024, replacing Citroen, which brought an end to the brown shorts worn by the team established over 30 years ago.

And four-time Tour de France green jersey winner Kelly felt that a new uniform was responsible for their uptick in form, but stuck his foot in it by using an X-rated remark to describe them live on air.

“14 years in the brown shorts coming to an end,” fellow Eurosport commentator Adam Blythe said. “And they’re coming right to the front, they’re one of the top teams in the world at the minute…”

To which Kelly added: “Well it’s them sh***y shorts, I think, since they got rid of them it’s made a big difference. So many riders in that team performing this year and winning races.”

After quickly realising his error in judgement, the 67-year-old quickly apologised and accused his fellow Eurosport employees of making the same comments when they are not broadcasting live.

“Sorry. We say it so much out of commentary,” he explained. “You guys all say it, I’m not the only one. Only I’ve said it on air, sorry.”

However, the Irishman’s apology was drowned out by the chorus of laughter by his fellow experts on the microphone. Rob Hatch could not contain himself alongside Blyth, as the former added: “I’m glad you apologised for yourself! Saves me a job.”

The red-faced Irishman was keen to quickly turn attention back to the action, as he continued: “But going back to Decathlon… you know, they have had a great start to this year, winning so many races, they’ve kicked on and won races… sorry once again.”

Blythe then apologised to Kelly for not taking the matter seriously as he and Hatch chuckled throughout, with Blythe saying: “Ahh brilliant! Sorry Sean, me and Rob almost fell off our chairs then.”

Tadej Pogacar extended his Giro lead by almost three minutes with victory in Stage 15, edging past second-placed Nairo Quintana and Georg Steinhauser in third. Ben O’Connor took eighth for Decathlon–AG2R and cemented his fourth-placed standing in the general classification, dazzling in much-improved shorts according to Kelly.

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