How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2009

Apr 20 2009

Amstel Gold! Ivanov wins a classic heads-up hill sprint, with daring attacks and savvy teamwork throughout. Also on YouTube and Vimeo.
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Note well that all Americans do not hold such stereotypical views of the Netherlands as expressed in the opening of this movie. My implication that most do is purely for the sake of humor.

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9 Responses to “How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2009”

  1. Psychlist 21 April 2009 at 7:25 am #

    Thanks Cosmo. Very entertaining – again.

    (Glad to have to back, i had even deleted your URL from my favourites and something made me check it again. Your videos make the wait well worth it.)

  2. Tim 21 April 2009 at 7:35 am #

    It always amazes how wheel these are put together. What you put together is a million times better than the short Versus recaps of races.

  3. cosmo 21 April 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Glad you came back, Psychlist. Sorry about the unannounced hiatus last year.

    Tim, thanks for the compliment. I try to make them as seamless as possible, but I always seem to find little bugs after it’s too late to make a fix. Good to hear they don’t detract from the overall work.

  4. Josh 21 April 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Ditto Tim’s comment. Versus seems to think that each viewer is watching a bike race for the first time.

    I’m looking forward to the daily updates during Romandie and Dauphiné. Hint…

  5. Colin R 21 April 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Watching these lets me pretend I know stuff about pro cycling when I’m at the bar. You’re the man.

  6. Woody 21 April 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Great stuff! Actual cycling analysis. Great delivery, well-edited, crucial moments captured and some scathing commentary to boot. Thank you! can’t wait for your Ardennes episodes.

  7. Paul 21 April 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    Cosmo – I can only ditto the above comments. Great summaries and voice over – cute underlying humor (your intro for example – or such wise cracks as,…a string of comically oversized riders … attempted to draft the diminutive Spaniard.) Ha – love it!

    Many thanks for all of this. Keep those wise cracks coming.

  8. Lex H. 22 April 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    I’m from The Netherlands.
    I live in an average Dutch town (Deventer, res. ± 95.000).
    I’m not poor by far, live in a pretty decent appartment that only costs me 500 euro’s a month and still the government gives me money for housing and medical care.
    About 2 miles east of my house there are farms where you can probably still find people wearing wooden shoes. About 2 miles the other way i can drop you off at a ‘red-light’ street in the center of the city and about 3 ‘coffeeshops’.
    We also have a Football club with ocassional outburst of what you call ‘soccer-hooligans’.

    So don’t feel bad about the stereotypes 🙂

    Love the video’s. Keep up the good work!

  9. itspim 29 October 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Ha, Deventer is not part of Holland. The man’s lying 😉
    No, we are liberal. But guess what – though I can have it all, i never used any.

    No offense taken though.

    If you once may end up between our coffee shops slash clogs slash Red Light District (which they’re closing now..) pull my jacket and I’ll tour the Amstel Gold Route with you (bring your Garmin).

    Wonderful video pieces, thoroughly enjoying them.



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