Tour of Flanders 2012 — How The Race Was Won

Apr 5 2012

An ambiguously-branded video recap and commentary for the 2012 Tour of Flanders. Some backstory might be helpful.

[right-click for iTunes-compatible download]

You might get another one of these this year. You also might not. The way I made this was by not sleeping last night and that’s not really sustainable. Or pleasant. Consider it a reminder of how well I can do this sort of thing now that others seem to think it’s a worthwhile idea.

If you’d be interested in bankrolling the production of similar videos in exchange for promotional consideration, I am all ears.

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30 Responses to “Tour of Flanders 2012 — How The Race Was Won”

  1. Mike 5 April 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Great video! There really is no comparison between the real thing and a cheap copy. It is like comparing Zipp wheels to the crappy carbon wheels out of China. Too bad it costs you a nights sleep to put it together. VeloNews needs to step up.

  2. Sean 5 April 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Yay, it’s back. Thanks.

  3. Al 5 April 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I agree – Velonews would be much better off if they put a crowbar in their wallet and paid you to do this. Their ripoffs are second rate, at best.

    Another great job; thanks!

  4. jon 5 April 2012 at 9:04 am #

    That was awesome – thanks for the sacrifice in putting it together.

  5. Huntie Cakes 5 April 2012 at 9:47 am #

    (cough cough ) Awesome ( cough )

  6. jacob 5 April 2012 at 10:12 am #

    the original, undefeated, and defending champion. accept no substitutes.

  7. SC 5 April 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I would pay money for a premium section of your site that would include HTRWW. The velonews version was only similar in the name that they used.

    Great job.

  8. Stefan 5 April 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    10 times better than the stiff at VN.

  9. james 5 April 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Nice work!

  10. Brian 5 April 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Excellent. Sucks that it cost a night’s sleep. Here’s hoping that VN gets the message.

  11. James 5 April 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    The original and STILL THE BEST

  12. James 5 April 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Accept no substitutes.

  13. zam 5 April 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    nice to see that you are back.

  14. ryan 5 April 2012 at 6:55 pm #


  15. twistedsquid 5 April 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    great video and analysis as usual…there is no comparison to the cheap inadequate and cloned ripoff of a certain cycling pub…keep making videos ’til they retreat or pay you…you are the best and evryone knows it…rock on cosmo!

  16. Troy 5 April 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Yeaaaaa! The real deal is back

  17. stijn 5 April 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Doesn’t anyone think it’s a bit awkward that;

    -Pozzato is controlling Ballan up the final climb then holds in when he gets to the top?
    -Pozzato – aka the shadow – is suddenly the only one leading the 3-some towards to finish making sure no followers make it back?
    -Pozzato didn’t try any counter attack after Ballan’s numerous tries?
    -as you said, Pippo outsprinted Tommeke before and was in a perfect position to (try to) do the same again, but in the heat of the sprint he decides to sit down for a bit first?
    -Pozzato getting second with a big grin on his face?

    Did Pozzato give away one of the most prestigious races in the world in order to finally clean up his image?!? If so, I preferred his old image over the new one.

  18. Dan 6 April 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Great! Saw the VN version and couldn’t even finish it. Yawn… But yours is the real deal. Had me following the whole time. More Please!

  19. Timo 6 April 2012 at 4:47 am #

    I’d like to thank VeloNews for doing what was necessary to bring back the authentic HTRWW.

  20. Nathan 6 April 2012 at 1:56 pm #


  21. Karl 6 April 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I smell a Kickstarter for the 2013 season…

  22. Scott 6 April 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Yeah…sweet…charge for this. Definetly worth the price of a high quality tube!!

  23. Kurt Wallace 6 April 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    “doing a better job” is a sweet kind of diss/gift to the community. Bravo.

  24. drfrot 7 April 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Awesome, as always, Cosmo. Bravo.

  25. Marty 7 April 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Cosmo….good to see your back at it. We missed your race reports. Now excuse me while I watch that again.

  26. Max 8 April 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks Cosmo. Hope things work out for you soon.

  27. Nick 9 April 2012 at 2:16 am #

    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)

  28. Roly 10 April 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Awseome. Back! Ashamedly I googled velonews to see if I could see the clip in question. Happily I couldn’t find it.

    I don’t visit Velonews. Maybe I would if they were promoted through someone/something I value. i.e. CYCLOCOSM HTRWW

  29. Yang 11 April 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Bravo! This actually makes me want to watch and follow bike racing.

  30. Biggsie 21 April 2012 at 2:48 am #

    You nailed it Cosmo. Thanks for making this available.

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