How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2009

Apr 27 2009

Video from this year’s decent LBL. Great teamwork by SaxoBank, but the performance was almost too dominant. Philippe Gilbert and Lotto took a shot at it, but I really would have liked to have seen more organization out of the other teams. That having been said, I can understand why their legs all would have been toasted.

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This weekend I also finished setting up the video podcast, which is currently in the approval process at the iTunes store. For the impatient, here is the RSS feed that will supply the podcast. I also wanted to put some text/HTML directly into my fancy new dynamic sidebar, so I built a WordPress plugin that does that.

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9 Responses to “How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2009”

  1. Psychlist 27 April 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks again for putting in the time for these videosCosmo. The entertaining and informative narrative makes it for me.

    ‘Chapeau’ to Andy Schleck. He’s no longer the promissing rider who has yet to win anything big.

    I wonder if Phillipe Gilbert feels the pressure from his many road side fans to attack? ie. without them, would he attack at a different point in the race, or indeed follow wheels of leading contenders until the group in small enough (like Pozatto).

    Sigh…a spring classics season over for another year 🙁

  2. cosmo 27 April 2009 at 9:20 am #

    One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that Gilbert might have attacked when he did because he felt like it might be his only opportunity, given SaxoBank’s previous domination.

    His move started so strongly but petered out fairly quickly, which makes me think maybe he was forced to bite off more than he could chew. But in generally, attacking solo a long way out is a major part of Gilbert’s modus operandi.

  3. Bernie Victor 27 April 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Missed seeing the end of the race, so was pleased to watch your coverage.

  4. Jonathan Reinfeld 27 April 2009 at 11:32 am #


    Your race re-caps are unparalleled man. You definitely know your cycling and your cycling tactics. Keep up the good work, and keep these coming.

    Really impressed.

  5. DeanM 27 April 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    I’ve begun to look forward to your post race recaps. As always, well done! And thanks for posting them over at the PC. Keep up the great work.

  6. Roger G 28 April 2009 at 3:14 am #

    Great report. At last a race report about the race – not just the finish. Well done. I hope you do every stage of every big race and tour stage!!

  7. cosmo 29 April 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Well, I don’t know about every Tour stage. But I’ll try to get some of the big ones.

    I also try to focus on the whole race everytime, but unless something super-notable happens (like Saxo’s nonstop driving) the early portions of the race are going to be the first thing that gets cut to save time.

  8. KMac 1 May 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    You do good work. Appreciate the videos. Sounds like you have a day job, but would be nice to get this level of analysis of the Giro or Tour stages. Thanks.

  9. cosmo 2 May 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Hey, in this economy, who knows? Maybe I’ll get fired and have nothing to do but Tour stage recaps all day.

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