The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-day Races

The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-day Races

Peter Cossins

The journey de France could provide the obvious status and glory, however it is cycling's one-day assessments that the pro riders quite prize. hardest, longest and dirtiest of all are the so-called 'Monuments', the 5 mythical races which are the sport's an identical of golf's majors or the grand slams in tennis. Milan–Sanremo, the journey of Flanders, Paris­–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the journey of Lombardy date again greater than a century, and every of them is an anomaly in modern day recreation, the biking identical of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Time has replaced them to a point, yet they continue to be as brutally trying out as they ever were. they supply the sport's extraordinary one-day performers – the likes of Philippe Gilbert, Fabian Cancellara, Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Thor Hushovd – with an opportunity to degree themselves opposed to one another and their predecessors within the such a lot difficult checks in international biking. From the bone-shattering bowler-hat cobbles of the Paris–Roubaix to the insanely steep hellingen in the travel of Flanders, each one race is as targeted because the riders who push themselves via severe exhaustion to win them and input their epic history.

Over the process a century, merely Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx have received all 5 races. but victory in one version of a Monument promises a rider lasting reputation. For a few, that one victory has much more cachet than good fortune in a grand journey. all the Monuments has a desirable heritage, that includes stories of the best and biggest characters within the activity. In The Monuments Peter Cossins tells the tumultuous background of those impressive races and the riders they've got immortalised.

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