How The Race Was Won – Paris-Tours 2010

Oct 14 2010

Anyone else out there tired of talking about doping? How about taking a look at a few races contested by the type of rider who apparently never needs to dope? I’ve been out of town for the past two weeks, but am finally catching up on the late-season classics, and so (turning a blind eye to Danilo Hondo’s fairly significant role), here’s a How The Race Was Won on Paris-Tours 2010.

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(Contains just a few photos and screenshots from various sources, and video from Eurosport.)

It’s an exciting conclusion, despite the relative lack of action from the one-day specialists. Their absence does set up some interesting plot lines going into Lombardy, though the parcours at that event might lead us right back into the doping discussion again.

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24 Responses to “How The Race Was Won – Paris-Tours 2010”

  1. Jan 14 October 2010 at 9:05 am #

    YES! HTRWW is back, that’s awesome news! Thank you so much Cosmo for putting your time into these videos, can’t even count how often I’ve watched some of these already because it’s always nice to remember some thrilling races (e.g. this year’s LBL, last year’s Paris-Tours or the brilliant Saxo Bank display at LBL last year) months or years later.

  2. Hartlin 14 October 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I love these videos, can’t wait for Lombardia and hopefully it’s accompanying HTRWW!

  3. Michael 14 October 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Great video. Even though I watched it on TV, it was superb to see you report it.

  4. mattio 14 October 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Blast those trees on Grammond; only in your replays and highlighting did I get a clear sense of what happened in the sprint. Thanks.

  5. Timothy Day 14 October 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks, Cosmo. Excellent coverage as usual!

  6. troy barrett 14 October 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    sick. who needs versus

  7. jerome 14 October 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Awesome vido cosmo, any chance of one for lombardy next week??

  8. Adam 14 October 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    HTRWW – i though we’d get one for the world’s, but apparently not

    great win by freire though, steegmans had actually a great sprint

  9. Josh 14 October 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Great job Cosmo. I didn’t see the race or any clips at all and this was a fantastic way to get to see it.

  10. Scuba steve 14 October 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Great HTRWW – love your work!

  11. drfrot 15 October 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Thanks Cosmo, greatly appreciated as always (as are the insightful articles). Keep up the good work!

  12. Paul 15 October 2010 at 6:15 am #

    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: these videos are amazing. Keep it up!

  13. DJ 15 October 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks Cosmo – great as usual. And kudos for the pronunciation of the notoriously difficult word “nieuwsblad”.

  14. Oliver 15 October 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    HTRWW: that’s what cyclocosm is all about. As usual, excellent & insightful commentary on those clips. Keep’em coming!

  15. M. Chavendish 15 October 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Arseome! I would’ve won it, but I wuz boxed in, had broken spokes n’ rubbin’ pads.

  16. Anonymous 15 October 2010 at 3:30 pm #


    make one of these great videos for the Worlds road race!

  17. john 15 October 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    in one of the photos used s evidence that sprinters win this rsce often isnt that dekker?hands in air that almost got caught on the line after a long breakaway

  18. mperrone 16 October 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    …I think he’s refering to the fact that in the past 15 yrs or so, the sprinter’s teams have had difficulty shutting down the break before the line. But yeah, it is Dekker.

    “Yeah, that’s definatly not the line…” = classic. Great job once again. Keep ’em coming.

  19. John 17 October 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    “Made passionate love to his machine”

    LOL gloriously put, please do more HTRWW – They’re always enlightening and entertaining at the same time.

  20. neal 24 October 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Speaking of making passioned love to his machine, thanks for the videos

  21. Lockie 23 January 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Finally watched it. Great, as usual. Why not charge $1-5 to download or watch, and make them more often?!

  22. Osteo 9 July 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Yes- I am tired of talking about doping. I was chatting to a mate earlier and he was telling me that back in the old days at the Tour they used to swig whiskey en route as they thought it would help! Maybe that’s where the doping culture stems from!

  23. cyclingsky 6 September 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    It is an exciting conclusion! i think everyone will like it.

  24. Mike 2 April 2012 at 9:49 am #

    When I first saw the new feature on VeloNews it was very exciting. Your videos have been very entertaining and assumed that you were being paid by VeloNews to create new ones. After watching I quickly realized that the video posted was a very, very cheap knock off.

    This video was an excellent example of how to “make love to your machine” and create a very entertaining race recap.

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