2012 Paris-Roubaix – How The Race Was Won

Apr 9 2012

Tom Boonen powers away to win number four in an historic display of strength and commitment. The only thing to feel bad about was that we didn’t get to see Fabian Cancellara shoot it out with him. Of course, had Cance been at the start line, Omega Pharma would have doubtlessly played their cards a little differently—but no matter. Enjoy the latest How The Race Was Won video, tentatively titled “Our Cobbles, Ourselves”; it’s a bit of a creative turn, but hopefully enjoyable none the less.

[right-click for iTunes-compatible download]

Just for the record, this was completed about 16 hours after the race concluded and was live before any competing, similarly-named titles at other sites (though I did not beat the Specialized unfiltered cut). I suppose it’s possible that after I’ve published this, these sites could have release better-produced, more creative, cleverer, more sharply analytical videos, but somehow, I doubt it.

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30 Responses to “2012 Paris-Roubaix – How The Race Was Won”

  1. ryank April 9, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I love it when the Internet makes Cosmo angry and Cosmo comes out swinging.

  2. Touriste-Routier April 9, 2012 at 8:34 am #


  3. Byron April 9, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Also awesome how you got the budget from a small blog to license that video from Euro-Sport. Doing well!

  4. james April 9, 2012 at 10:10 am #


  5. David April 9, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I LOVE your analyses. All the more when some stupid competitor both copies your style AND your friggin’ ‘trademark’. Way to show ‘em.

  6. paul April 9, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Classic. Thanks!

  7. Nick April 9, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Asked in the Flanders HTRWW

    ‘Just for those not up with it, what happened with Velonews? All I knew was Cosmo stopped his great segments, which left me a little gutted.

    Great to see it back! And again, excellent work (as always)’

  8. VirtKitty April 9, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    That’s beautiful!

  9. henry_j April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Man, you rock!

  10. Mike April 9, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for a great start to an otherwise unremarkable Monday morning (and keep up the outstanding work) !!

  11. Karl April 9, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Chapeau Boonen, Chapeau Cosmo.

  12. Scott April 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Venga venga venga!

  13. Huntie Cakes April 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    You missed a bumpy crit in new haven to produce that!?!?!
    Also, the new kit makes your quads look massive

  14. mindtron April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm #


    two words: Fair Use

  15. AG April 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Your best work. Fabulous.

  16. Greg April 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Turgot is pronounced with a hard G.

  17. Bo L April 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Good installment. Thanks for giving the junkies another fix.

  18. Markool April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    If there were justice in this world you would be living like a king with VIP treatment at all major races, just to repay the world of cycling for your creative genius.

    Well, maybe not quite; but well done anyway.

  19. velomonkey April 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    ROCK IT OUT!!!! That velonews attempt was pathetic.

  20. velomonkey April 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    oh, one last thing – come on, you gotta give euro car some credit – maybe it was a “get out in front of the camera” move, but they came up better than Lotto and Saxo – two supposedly better “classic” teams and dare I say they got about the same mileage as BMC when it was all said and done. Dollar for performance, Euro car did very well.

  21. MP April 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Straight panache. I was really pulling for Boom to take 2nd; he’s quite a dude, and has a top-10 or two. No ego; super classy guy.

  22. John Goldstein April 10, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    These are excellent! Thanks so much – keep up the great work. I am starting to show these to family members who used to watch cycling races completely confused by what happened (I was not far behind them, but would pretend to at least kind of know what went down and why). A wonderfully, clear, insightful, approachable way to decipher the wonder that is a pro bike race.

  23. Bert Bondy April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Chapeau to you Cosmo! Bird flip to VN.

  24. Jameson Blake April 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I have never been to your blog before but I have to say that I am liking what I am seeing. That was a very nice recap of the race. I will have to come back for any races I miss.

  25. Martin April 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Brilliant stuff – favourited!

  26. Markel April 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Great job! You should definitely be paid for this one.

  27. Groover April 15, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Nice work! Glad your “how the race was won” analyses are back…

  28. Laurence June 13, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    “Tom Boonen and his neon shadow Pipo Pozzato”

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