|Philip Alexander Liggett
Commentating at the 2010 Bay Cycling Classic
11 August 1943 |
Bebington, Merseyside, England
|Residence||Bayford, Hertfordshire, and South Africa|
|Occupation||Cycling commentator and journalist; also commentates on events such as snow-sports and triathlon|
|Television||Tour de France
Philip 'Phil' Alexander Liggett, MBE (born 11 August 1943) is an English commentator and journalist who covers professional cycling. He currently commentates on the Tour de France and bike races for ITV, NBC Sports and SBS. He is a former amateur cyclist and received a professional contract in 1967; instead of turning professional, he saw a future in sports journalism after writing articles in cycling magazines about races in which he participated.
Liggett initially wrote for Cycling magazine, and moved on to do freelance work for The Guardian,The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. In 1997, he was appointed Cycle Sport magazine's international editor. He has also written books on cycle racing.
Liggett has reported on 14 Olympic Games and 41 (as of 2013) Tours de France, generally alongside fellow veteran cycling commentators and former Tour de France cyclists Paul Sherwen (UK) and Bob Roll (US). Liggett has covered other sports including triathlons and ski jumping. Because of his varied assignments, Liggett has worked for all of the American Big Three networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC.
Liggett has also been associated with the Australian network SBS covering Australian events such as the Tour Down Under in addition to the Tour de France. In 2010, he covered Johannesburg's 94.7 Cycle Challenge for South Africa's SuperSport. Liggett also commentated for London 2012 with Australian broadcaster Foxtel, commentating all cycling type events.
Liggett is known for colourful expressions about riders or racing conditions with often literary overtones. A collection of these "Liggettisms" was published in 2005.
Between 1972 and 1993, Liggett was technical director of the Milk Race. His involvement with organising cycle racing events led to his becoming vice-president of the Association Internationale Organisateurs des Courses Cycliste. In 1973, age 30, Liggett became the youngest ever UCI international commissaire.
Liggett was a long-time supporter of Lance Armstrong and was a regular speaker at "Livestrong" functions along with his Tour De France co-presenter Paul Sherwen. However, in October 2012 as the doping saga was unfolding, Liggett mentioned that he now found it difficult to believe that Armstrong never doped. He also said that he was disappointed that Armstrong had lied to him in 2003 when asked about doping. He was interviewed in a documentary addressing the topic produced by ABC's Four Corners, entitled "The World According to Lance".
Liggett's home town is Bebington, Wirral, though he now lives in Bayford, Hertfordshire. He spends most of his leisure time in South Africa where he has a house in the Western Cape and a game farm near the Kruger National Park. In 2009, he joined the Tour de Munster 4-day charity cycle for the final 2 stages around Kerry and Cork.
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