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