Yeesh, what a race. Early splits, strong teamwork, crashes, epic saves—but it would all come down to who was best on the cobbles…or would it? A study in cycling, persistence, luck, and general exhaustion. Thanks as always to the good people at CyclingTips, with an assist from Scott.
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How The Race Was Won – Tour of Flanders 2016
Summing up Tour of Flanders in five minutes is always a challenge. Key points—aggressive racing early didn’t pay off, things calmed down a lot in the middle, Cancellara passing on the move did have some logic to it, and the critical moments were a lot closer than you might think.
How The Race Was Won – Milan-Sanremo 2016
So—probably just going to be a handful of these this year, but you should thank the good people at CyclingTips that there are any at all. Sanremo was the first race I ever did (back in 2009) and one of my favorites. But between the crashes and the lack of attacks, I think it may…
How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2015
So, given that I wasn’t going to be able to get this done anywhere near the actual end of the Tour de France, I took a shot a mostly comprehensive take on the GC race into a single episode. Lots of links to other videos (things are interrelated—who knew?) so hopefully YouTube won’t take it…
How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia – Stage 15
It’s one stage, and it’s the whole Giro. There weren’t major GC gaps at the top of the classification, but maybe there could have been. Purely speculative ♫…and to be real, it doesn’t matter anyway… ♫
How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015
An aggressively contested classic, pretty much from the moments the cameras came on (and off). Effective, well-executed team work, some nice individual performances, but also kind of an example of how, sometimes, you just gotta be fast. Those in Germany might need to watch on Vimeo.
How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2015
A lot of cool and varied teamwork from a variety of squads, mercifully few crashes, near-fisticuffs, and nicely tactical final k. All in all, not a bad Amstel. Watch on Vimeo if the embed above doesn’t work—it’s a better site anyway.
How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2015
The cobbles weren’t all that decisive this year—thanks to good weather and a steady tailwind, they were really more a steady grindstone against which the field was reduced. The real tactical action came at the very end, and involved some of Etixx-Quickstep’s best racing this spring, though in the finale, the outcome was pretty much…
How The Race Was Won – Tour of Flanders 2015
A long race with a relatively simple plotline and loads of substories. Sky over-working, Greipel doing everything, Shimano not-so-neutral service, FDJ’s miserable luck, Tiesj Benoot…but as always, to get everything (like those last two), you’ll have to watch the actual race.
How The Race Was Won – Gent-Wevelgem 2015
Another one of those (lol) Sprinters’ Classics. Nice to have the crosswinds kick the living daylights out of it this time around, resulting in a very different, strangely tactical conclusion.