MON­U­MENT MEN

Procycling - - Debrief -

The one-day holy grail of bike rac­ing, win­ning a ca­reer slam of mon­u­ments, re­mains a dream for pro­fes­sional cy­clists. Only three riders have achieved it, and none since the 1970s. Add the World Cham­pi­onships and it goes down to two. But who could man­age it in the cur­rent pelo­ton? We’ve looked at ev­ery rider to have won at least one race, and their per­for­mance across all six events (in­clud­ing the Worlds). Many have won one, but not shone in any of the oth­ers, and only Philippe Gil­bert, Filippo Poz­zato, Greg Van Aver­maet, Niki Terp­stra, Rui Costa and Stijn Devolder have even raced in all of them. Gil­bert is the clos­est. He’s won four – Flan­ders, Liège, Lombardia and the Worlds – and has a podium in San Remo, but time is run­ning out. Sa­gan is younger, but he’s missing San Remo, and can’t yet climb well enough to com­pete in Liège or Lombardia. Kwiatkowski has won San Remo and the Worlds, and could en­vis­age Flan­ders, Liège and Lom­bardy with­out chang­ing too much, though Roubaix would be tougher. Van Aver­maet is the only rider with top-12 in­ishes in all six, but he’s only won one.

Gil­bert has won three Mon­u­ments so far in his ca­reer

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