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The five cycling monuments

The five cycling monuments

The Cycling monuments They are the careers of a day that every professional cyclist dreams of winning. Are the most prestigious tests of the calendar of Classic With permission of the big laps in stages (tour, turn and back), they constitute the great cyclist quotes of the year. Spring is the high season For this type of racing. Monuments are a compendium of history, legend, hardness and mileage. A claim for the great cyclist figures of the WorldTour. Each has its own character and many runners prepare specifically to try to win them. Not surprisingly, many of the best corridors of all time appear. Proof of their difficulty is that only three cyclists have been able to win in the five monuments. And all of them, Belgians: Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy and Roger de Vlaeminck. What are the five cycling monuments? Let's go in chronological order. [Captation Id = "Attachment_7045" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "800"]Milan San Remo exhausted cyclist Image: Thomas Maheux / A.S.O.[/caption]

Classic Milan San Remo (Italy)

Also known as The classicissima either The spring classic, the Milan San Remo It is the first of the monument calendar, so it arouses a huge interest. Traditionally, it has also been the most favorable monument to sprinters, which distinguishes it from the rest of this list. Its hardness lies more in Your distance that in his unevenness, since he does not have the broken layout of other classic.
With its 300 km, Milan San Remo is the one a longer day race of the professional cycling calendar.
However, everything is usually accelerated in the last 25 km. In the final stretch of the race two ports are risen that, although they lack an entity as to destroy the platoon, do tense the race: more for their proximity to the goal than by their percentages. The dimensions of Cipressa and Poggio They are short and barely reach 4% of average slope. The latter, just 8 km from finish, is usually the hot point of the race. The rise of the Poggio is frantic and the struggle for position is a battle. After crowning, the descent to the goal of San Remo is always spectacular: Revirado and very fast. This does not prevent the test from solving the ESS; Or, at least, with the arrival of a large group. Two have been the Spanish cyclists who have managed to win in this test: Miguel Poblet (1957, 1959) and Óscar Freire (2004, 2007, 2010), two of the best arrivators of all time.
In the following video you can explore the complete climb to the Poggio, made by a group of amateur cyclists. To give you an idea. [embed] https://youtu.be/vq65kah_bua[/embed]

Flanders Tour (Belgium)

  • Next edition (2022): April 3 (male and female).
  • Official Flanders Tour Website
  • Cyclists with more victories: Three victories Achiel Buysse (1940, 1941, 1943), Fiorenzo Magni (1949, 1950, 1951), Eric Leman (1970, 1972, 1973), Johan Museeuw (1993, 1995, 1998), Tom Boonen (2005, 2006, 2006, 2006, 2006 2012) and Fabian Cancellara (2010, 2013, 2014).
The so -called Ronde Van Vlaaalandren It is almost a national holiday in Belgium. As spectacular is the proof as the environment that is lived throughout its route: before, during and after the passage of professionals. The monument of Flanders tour It is the unavoidable appointment of the first Sunday of April. Who wins the Flanders Tour becomes a hero immediately; Especially, if a local corridor is achieved. In fact, 66% of the editions have been won by Belgian cyclists. [Captation id = "Attachment_7042" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "800"]Paterberg Wall on the Flanders Tour Monument Image: Razvan / Getty images[/caption] The first part of the route has no more difficulty than it usually causes wind; It is not strange that it roofs the platoon. It is around kilometer 100 when the thing becomes truly interesting. In the second part of the race the hills occur. Some of them, with names as legendary as Muur-Kapelmuur, Koppenberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont... A succession of walls, of short ascents, steep and dotted with cobblestones. Many of the sections of Pavé (cobblestone, in French, and term that defines this type of cobbled road) are twisted in very complicated curves, which is an added risk for cyclists. If the terrain is wet, the difficulty is multiplied, which usually occurs frequently.
In the 1985 tour of Flanders, the rain caused more than 50 falls and only 24 cyclists finished the race.
In any case, the Pavé From Flanders it is far from the Pedruscos that the squad faces in the classic Paris-Roubaix, another of the great monuments of this list.
In this video, you can remember the last kilometers of the Flanders Tour of 2010. The Swiss Fabian Cancelara gave a hand blow in what is remembered as one of the great cycling exhibitions of recent times. [embed] https://youtu.be/cxh8vgqlvm0[/embed]
The Ronde Van Vlaaalandren it's a labyrinthine route of narrow roads, where to make a hole is complicated and where the descents require good technique and smell to read the race. In short, a test of more than 250 km with dramatic dyes in the mecca of world cycling. A very remarkable aspect of this test is that, since 2004, celebrated in Female version. The Dutch Annemiek Van Vleuten (2011, 20221) and Mirjam Melchers (2005, 2006) are the queens of the test, with both victories both.

Classic Paris Roubaix (France)

For many cyclists it is The monument of the monuments. The classic Paris-Roubaix has a huge power of attraction. Almost as great as its difficulty. Is popularly known as The Hell of the North, a denomination whose origin dates back to the destruction suffered by this territory during World War I. The Paris-Roubaix appropriated this denomination to transmit the hardness of the test. Strength, steel nerves, technique and much more. They are virtues to have the winner of this test, which has 50 km of cobblestones, which more seem messy stones. Nothing to do with any other calendar test. For a day, part of the agricultural cartiles of northern France become the stage where the hardest classic in the world runs. A real struggle for survival on two wheels. [Captation id = "Attachment_7049" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "800"]Cyclists in the Paris Roubaix monument Image: Pauline Ballet (A.S.O)[/caption] All his cobblestone was declared a French historical heritage and is distributed in almost 30 sections Throughout the race. Depending on its difficulty, each section is qualified one and five stars. A qualification that depends on the length, layout and conservation status of the own Pavé exist three 5 -star sections: Painful for cyclists and magical for the cycling fans: Arenberg Forest, Mons-in-Pévèle and Carrefour de L'Arebre. The latter is usually definitive, since it is located in the final part of the route. The test ends at the Velodrome de Roubaix, to which cyclists must take a walk before entering in the finish line.
The Frenchman Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle has been the most veteran winner of the test, beating two consecutive years, at the age of 38.
It is undoubtedly the test that requires a greater capacity for adaptation. In addition to enormous physical strength, a technical and tactical capacity is necessary to not lose options or not go to the ground in any gutter. That is precisely the fate of many participants from the Paris-Roux. To the difficulty of rolling between cobblestones, it adds The weather factor. When time is good, dust and loose earth bind to party. If it rains, everything becomes mud. For recent history, the 2021 edition will remain. The mud and rain turned the test into an unpredictable result. A surprising defeated Sonny Colbrelli (Team Bahrain Victorios). The Italian debuted in the test, breaking all forecasts.
In this video you can relive all the drama lived in that edition of the Paris-Roubaix. [embed] https://youtu.be/regr_ncfkwa[/embed]
Finally, remember that in 2021 the first edition of the Paris-Roubaix female, with the victory of the British Lizzie Deignan.

Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja (Belgium)

The first edition of the Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja It was played in 1892. It is also known as Doyenne (The Dean), for being the oldest of the five monuments. Arose at the initiative of L'Empresse, a newspaper in the French language that aspired to celebrate a career that went, in full, by the Francophone region of Belgium (Valonia). Next to the classic amstel Gold Race and Vallea arrow, the call completes Triptych of the Ardenas. A wooded region dotted with hills, which ends up merging with the gray atmosphere of the Liege industrial belt. The result, a trap for cyclists.
Purito Rodríguez, Mauro Gianetti and Eddy Merckx are the cyclists who have participated and completed the test: 13 in total.
Like the Flanders Tour, the Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja ends up becoming a real rise and low of pronounced ramps, although they lack the cobblestone of the Ronde Van Vlaaalandren. Dimensions like Stockeou, La Redoute (the most iconic of all) or Saint-Nicolas They are living history of this legendary test. [Captation id = "Attachment_7047" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "800"]Cyclists in the Lieja Bastogne Lieja monument Image: Thomas Maheux / A.S.O.[/caption] This circumstance allows victory options to runners who are not consummated in classic cyclists. In fact, it is a test in which they develop well Large laps climbers and cyclists. It is not strange, since in its 240 km, more than 4,000 meters of unevenness, the equivalent of a large mountain stage of the tour, turning or return are rise. The Liege-Bastogne-Lieja is the last of the great spring classics. As in other monuments, also here the hardness is concentrated in the last part of the test, which confirms it as an ideal scenario for fondistas. The chain of increases in the gray and industrial environment of Lieja, the Francophone capital of Belgium, is another of the differentiating features of the test. Without a doubt, one of the historical names of the Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja has been the Spanish Alejandro Valverde, who has defeated In four editions (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017), just a triumph of Eddy Merckx, the absolute dominator of the test.

Lombardy turn (Italy)

Finally, the Lombardy Giro (Il Lombardia, its official name since 2011) is the only one of the monuments held in autumn. In fact, he practically ends the professional cycling season. [Captation id = "Attachment_7044" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "800"]Cyclists in the Lombardia Giro Monument Image: Gautier Demouveaux / A.S.O.[/caption] Known as The classic of dead leaves, for being held in autumn, it is disputed in the delicious environment of the Lake like and has a very different character from the rest of the monuments. Without a doubt, it is the most attractive For climbers and cyclists of big laps, since it has, in general, with longer and less explosive ports than the Belgian classics. Here, the half mountain is the protagonist. His most famous ascension, and authentic symbol of the test, is the SMadonna del Ghisallo Antuario. There is the universal patron of the cyclists, designated by Pope Pius XII. A pilgrimage place for cyclists around the world where, in addition, there is a museum of the mandatory visit cycling.
Il Lombardia amounts to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo, proclaimed Patroness Universal of the Cyclists in 1948 by Pope Pius XII.
No less known is the Di Sormano wall, an almost impossible ramp of two km, one of them complete at 17% of average slope. However, its inclusion in the test is not a constant. Il Lombardia introduced it for the first time In 1960, but three years later he disappeared from the tour. Simply, the bike developments of that time turned the rise of the wall into impossible task.
In the following video, you can know this race of the race from an amateur visit. [embed] https://youtu.be/qb_gorggusc[/embed]
Despite having a story full of great climbers, just a Spanish cyclist has been able to win in the Lombardia turn. It was J.Oaquim Purito Rodríguez, which achieved it twice (2012 and 2013).
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