Vincenzo Nibali is a rare thing in the modern peloton – a grand tour winner who has also taken victory in a Monument. His two wins in Lombardia are up there on his palmarès along with his four grand tour wins (two in the Giro d’Italia, one each in the Vuelta a España and Tour de France). He’s also come close to victory in LiègeBastogne-Liège and Milan-San Remo, both times in 2012. In the 2012 Liège, he attacked on his own with 20 kilometres to go and looked to have built enough of a lead to win. However, his challenge melted on the final drag to the finish in Ans as Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy overhauled him, and he finished second. In Milan-San Remo, he got away with Fabian Cancellara and Simon Gerrans on the Poggio, but was the weakest sprinter of the three and came third. Nibali’s only peer is 2009 Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde, who has won Liège four times and come second twice in Il Lombardia. The other grand tour winners in the current peloton (including the recently-retired Alberto Contador), haven’t mustered a single podium in a Monument between them. Chris Froome’s best in a Monument is 36th, in the 2013 Liège.