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Monument Top 5

ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
edited March 2016 in Pro race
Stolen off of the other Blazing Saddles

Mine-

1. Roubaix,
2. Flanders,
3. Milan-SanRemo,
4. Liege-Bastogne-Liege,
5. Lombardia.

What's yours?
We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
- @ddraver
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  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,264
    1. Roubaix
    2. Flanders
    3. Milano-Sanremo
    4. Lombardia
    5. Liege-Bastogne-Liege
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Roubaix
    L-B-L
    Flanders/Lombardia
    Lombardia/Flanders
    MSR
    Team My Man 2018: David gaudu, Pierre Latour, Romain Bardet, Thibaut pinot, Alexandre Geniez, Florian Senechal, Warren Barguil, Benoit Cosnefroy
  • Flanders
    Roubaix
    Liege
    Lombardy
    MSR
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,911
    Roubaix
    Flanders
    MSR
    LBL
    Lombardy

    LBL is on the way down while Lombardy is having a bit of a revival having been a very distant fifth
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    I'm feeling flippant...

    Lombardy - Best race of the year...
    Roubaix - Brutal
    Flanders - Belgian
    MSR - Bloody long
    LBL - Boring
  • Roubaix
    Flanders
    MSR
    LBL
    Lombardia
    BikeRadar Communities Manager
  • chrisdaychrisday Posts: 300
    Roubaix
    Roubaix
    Roubaix
    Flanders
    Flanders
    @shraap | My Men 2016: G, Yogi, Cav, Boonen, Degenkolb, Martin, J-Rod, Kudus, Chaves
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    Good god, have we found something cycling fans vaguely agree on???

    Surely not!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Apart from dishdash!
    BikeRadar Communities Manager
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,030
    Flanders
    Roubaix

    big gap

    Lombardy (suffers due to its place in the calendar)
    MSR
    Liege, both of which are deadly dull
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,022
    Flanders
    Roubaix
    Liege
    Lombardy
    MSR

    This, only with Flanders and Roubaix joint first.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Roubaix
    Flanders
    LBL
    Lombardia
    MSR


    Roubaix is really the only one I want to watch from right the start.
  • mr_pollmr_poll Posts: 1,612
    1. Roubaix,
    2. Flanders,
    3. Lombardia.
    4. Milan-SanRemo,
    5. Liege-Bastogne-Liege,
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    So I have my reasons but why the "hate" for La Doyenne?

    Is it just down the the modern ones being so dull?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • dave milnedave milne Posts: 703
    1. Flanders + Roubaix
    3. MSR
    4. Lombardy
    5. LBL

    Recent LBLs have been pony. Don't get the hate for MSR, it's like watching a slow burning thriller the way the tension just builds and builds gets me every time. That said, it benefits hugely from being 1st in the calendar
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    In my view LBL suffers from being too close to the other monuments in the schedule... there's a bit of fan fatigue that kicks in.

    Also, glancing at the recent winners list, it isn't exactly a list of popular riders on this forum...

    2004 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
    2005 Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team
    2006 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
    2007 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas
    2008 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
    2009 Andy Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank
    2010 Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Astana
    2011 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
    2012 Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana
    2013 Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp
    2014 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
    2015 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,459
    1. Flanders
    2. Paris-Roubaix, Milan-SanRemo,
    4. Liege-Bastogne-Liege,
    5. Lombardia
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,766 Lives Here
    :roll: we all know the Worlds has replaced Lombardy as the 5th monument as it's a race riders actually prepare for rather than treat as an afterthought.

    1. Roubaix
    2. Flanders
    3. MSR



    4. Worlds
    5. LBL



















    Basement: Lombardy :twisted:
  • professeurprofesseur Posts: 232
    dave milne wrote:
    1. Flanders + Roubaix
    3. MSR
    4. Lombardy
    5. LBL

    Recent LBLs have been pony. Don't get the hate for MSR, it's like watching a slow burning thriller the way the tension just builds and builds gets me every time. That said, it benefits hugely from being 1st in the calendar

    I'm in agreement with all of this - thanks!
  • timoid.timoid. Posts: 3,133
    joelsim wrote:
    Roubaix
    Flanders
    LBL
    Lombardia
    MSR


    Holy moly. I'm in total agreement with Joelsim for once!
    It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    1. Flanders
    2. Paris-Roubaix, Milan-SanRemo,

    This blasphemy must be explained!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 5,607
    Roubaix / Worlds
    Flanders
    MSR
    LBL / Lombardy
    AFC Mercia women - sign for us
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    timoid. wrote:
    joelsim wrote:
    Roubaix
    Flanders
    LBL
    Lombardia
    MSR


    Holy moly. I'm in total agreement with Joelsim for once!

    The slippery slope starts here...
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,459
    ddraver wrote:
    1. Flanders
    2. Paris-Roubaix, Milan-SanRemo,

    This blasphemy must be explained!

    I've put Flanders first as there's something about it feels more gladiatorial.

    I really enjoy Milan San Remo - it's been a long winter and the approach to, and the race hitting the Poggio is really quite good....
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • JoostGJoostG Posts: 189
    1. Flanders
    2. Roubaix
    3. LBL
    4. MSR
    5. AGR

    Flanders is in my eyes the heart of cycling. True, the cobbles of Roubaix are way harder, but you're riding in the middle of nowhere. Amstel Gold Race? Well I'm Dutch, know that area, know the climbs and reputation for us Dutchies and Lombardia is just not working for me...
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    Any chance you re coming up to Leiden for the "Nederlandse Primavera" this saturday Joost?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • JoostGJoostG Posts: 189
    ddraver wrote:
    Any chance you re coming up to Leiden for the "Nederlandse Primavera" this saturday Joost?

    :D

    Unfortunately not: the flu grabbed me, and didn't let go yet.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    I am disappointed in the lack of Lombardy love... it's always a cracking race! And stunning too...

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,766 Lives Here
    Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful part of the world. Seriously considered having my honeymoon there. I've been to the Church.

    It's decent racing too. Decent winners list etc.

    But it's hard to take it seriously when so few riders base their season around it. It's the Vuelta of the classics. The last chance saloon for those who can still be arsed.
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,216
    In terms of difficulty
    1 liege
    2 Roubaix
    3 Flanders
    4 Lombardy
    5 MSR

    In terms of spectacle

    1 Roubaix
    2 Flanders
    3 Lombardy
    4 MSR
    5 LBL
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