Do I call myself a TV commentator, journalist, twitter reporter, webmaster, translator, editor? I think all these things. This blog post is to showcase my work.
Read my personal story here.
The list may seem extensive but a lot of these assignments are currently unpaid. Paid assignments will always have priority. If you are interested in hiring me, please email me at info (at) sportlingua.nl or contact me through twitter @TourDeJose
I use twitter to report on races, provide the latest news and the occasional opinion to 12,000 followers.
I also provide the official live race report for Skoda Tour de Luxembourg (@skodatour) since 2010 and did team updates for a Dutch women’s team AA Drink in 2012. Between 2009 and 2011 I was doing live race reports on @procyclinglive
I work as a tv commentator for Eurosport Netherlands and Belgium. In cycling I commentated on the Vuelta and Tour of Britain in 2012. In 2013 I commentated on Paris-Nice, Catalunya, Pais Vasco, Tour of Turkey and Four-Days of Dunkirk. Still to come: California, Tour of Norway, Tour of Belgium and Criterium du Dauphine.
Next to cycling I commentate on swimming and provide voiceover for tv magazines like Game Set and Mats and Mats Point (tennis), Skipass, Olympic Magazine and the Wednesday Selection.
I wrote race reports (Tour of Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Rotterdam Six-Days and World Ports Classic) for Velonation. I did interviews with Thomas Peterson (Argos) and Lucy Garner (Argos). In investigative journalism I wrote an article on AICAR which is still the main reference article in English.
For Velonews I did an Q&A with Francois Parisien and wrote race reports for the Rotterdam Six-Days.
For the Dutch cycling magazine Wieler Revue I wrote an extensive background piece on the history and current crisis of Spanish cycling.
Most of these assignments are unpaid at the moment so I am open to paid writing assignments with other media.
I am the webmaster for the following riders: Jens Mouris, Sebastian Langeveld, Wesley Kreder, Pim Ligthart, Boy van Poppel, Moreno Hofland, Raymond Kreder, Michel Kreder, Martijn Maaskant, Thomas Dekker, Dan Martin, Marc de Maar, Kenny van Hummel and Dirk Bellemakers.
I also am webmaster for the European Junior Cycling Tour Assen which is the biggest Junior Cycling stage race in Europe.
I translated Travis Tygart interview in L’Equipe from French to English. I also provided the translations for AA Drink-Leontien.nl, Rabobank Pro Cycling Team and the European road and track championships in 2011 and 2012.
I translate from Dutch to English and vice versa, from French to Dutch or English, from Spanish to Dutch or English and from German to Dutch and English.
In the off-season of 2011 and 2012 I worked for a major Dutch insurance company as a web editor.
I regularly commentate on cycling for Dutch news radio station BNR Nieuwsradio.
In January 2013 I gave an update on the Dr. Fuentes trial for Canadian national radio (part 3, from 3,50 minutes).
During the Rotterdam Six-Days I did video interviews with Gregory Baugé and Teun Mulder.
For NuSport I give an expert’s opinion on the Giro d’Italia.
This is an article from Dutch cycling blog Het is Koers and was written in September 2011 by Frank Heinen (@fheinen).
Translated (with Franks permission) because of Manzano’s role in the Fuentes trials which started this week.
Seventh stage of the Tour de France 2003. A mountain stage. Four riders form the breakaway of the day: Paolo Bettini, Rolf Aldag, Médéric Clain and Benoit Poilvet. The peloton lets them go, the day is still long and the mountains are high.
On the first serious climb of the day, the Col de Porte, two riders break away from the bunch in search of the leaders. The two are Richard Virenque and the unknown Spaniard Jésus Manzano. Virenque climbs in his characteristic manner, the small Kelme rider follows him like a shadow. As soon as Virenque notices that Manzano does not have the intention to let go, he refuses to do any work anymore. Virenque has his teammate Bettini up front.
Manzano forcibly takes the lead. Inexperienced you might think. But he does move forward. For three kilometres the two riders brotherly climb the Col. They are winning time on the leaders. Then, suddenly, Virenque attacks from the Spaniard’s wheel.
Manzano drifts over the melting asphalt. He overestimated himself, the commentators mutter and cross his name.
A short while later the camera finds the Spaniard one more time. The director is just in time t0 show the world how the rider topples over from sheer misery. Manzano stays down on the road side. He shakes, shivers. Foam appears around the edges of his mouth. Tom Simpson, the commentators yell.
An ambulance arrives and Jésus Manzano leaves the Tour de France to never return again. Virenque dances away towards the stage win in Morzine.
Sometimes tweets are too short to bring a point across. Up till now I ferociously tried to put the doping shit storm to the back of my mind and try to focus on the races that are now on. Races with young, promising winners like Tom-Jelte Slagter and the Australian double for Luke Durbridge.
But today, my normally calm persona boiled over after this news in today’s AD Sportwereld.
The article mentions that Iwan Spekenbrink knew about the doping use of 2003 of his DS Rudy Kemna in 2008. That’s what Spekenbrink himself said after the NuSport interview with Kemna this week. Knowing and not telling is against the WADA-code and therefore the Argos-Shimano manager faces a possible suspension. Kemna himself opted voluntarily for a six-month suspension.
Yesterday an interview with Dave Brailsford mentioned this: “Had we known then what we know now [about Leinders], we wouldn’t have touched the guy for sure.” Come on, Dave, you could at least have some suspicions after the Rasmussen Tour de France? There are other doctors in this world. You could have googled the guy…..But no Brailsford says he didn’t know of Leinders’ past.