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Milan-San Remo: the difference between a monument and a classic

5 monuments and more than 200km

For a classic to be considered a monument, it must exceed 200kmmust carry many years within the calendar (all of them have contested more than 100 editions) and moreover the route must be as hard as possible. Yes, all the classics are hard, but when one mileage usually higher than 250kmyou put areas of pavès as in the Paris-Roubaixor ‘kilometres’ close to 300km as in Milan-San Remothe myth of the classic still grows in importance.

the 5 races considered as monuments are: Milan-San Remo in Italy (299km), Tour of Flanders in Belgium (263km), Paris-Roubaix in France (257km), Liège-Bastogne-Liège in Belgium (259km) and Gir of Lombardy in Italy (245km). These mileages may vary slightly from edition to edition, but not by much.

these 5 monuments began their history before the First World War and the first four are celebrated in the spring, while the Gir of Lombardy is the last of the year and this season will take place on October 7.

Image of the showers at the Roubaix velodrome

Yes, many of you may find it strange that the famous Italian Strade-Bianche that has us in love with the dust of the ground sections, not be among the monumentsbut on the one hand it does not exceed the 184km and, on the other hand, it has only contested 17 editions.

The cannibal took 19, the Spaniards 11

Monument stats are super interesting, mostly because the Belgians win by a landslide in the standings and they have taken to the history of these 5 monuments, fins 220 wins. The second country is Italy with 157 victories and the third is France with 62.

Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx

The beast of Eddy Merckx he took no less than 19 winswith several triumphs in each of them and 7 to frame the Milan-San Remo. But mind you the spanish we are not so bad, because in total we have 11 wins. Miquel Poblet took away 2 Milan-San Remor in 1957 and 1959, Oscar Freire others 3 in 2004, 2007 and 2010, Alexandre Valverde 4 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2006, 2008, 2015 and 2017 and Joaquim Rodriguez close the table with 2 consecutive Tour of Lombardy in 2012 and 2013.

6 kilometers below 300km

This Saturday, the Milan-San Remo opens the 2023 monument season with its 294 kilometerswhich leave us 6 kilometers from seeing a 300 on the screens of the Garmin, Wahoo and other GPS of the best cyclists in the world. The ‘Classicissima’ it is usually contested in the sprintwith a predominantly flat route, but with some heights without too much elevation that arrive with more than 250km in the legsand that they can decide on a more open ending. The Poggio di SanRemo, for example, just 9 kilometers from the finish lineit has a length of 3.7km at a 4% gradient, with ramps of up to 8%. It is not the first year that decides the raceso we’ll see what happens this weekend.

Milan-San Remo: The difference between a monument and a classic

Hopefully we see a duel between Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogacarwithout forgetting other names, such as the winner of the 2022 edition, Matej MohoricJulian Alaphilippe, Biniam Girmay or Mads Pedersen, among many other figures who will be present.

Image of the pilot in the Paris-Roubaix



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    • Are you serious? Its not just about the last 6 kilometers, its about the entire 300 kilometer race! It takes incredible skill, strategy, and endurance to compete in Milan-San Remo. Dont undermine the efforts of these athletes.

    • I couldnt agree more! The Milan-San Remo race is a true test of endurance and strategy. Its about more than just winning, its about the history and tradition embedded in every pedal stroke. A monument indeed!

    • Are you serious? A 6km sprint can never compare to the thrill and endurance of a 300km race. The Cannibal may have been a legend, but true cycling enthusiasts understand the beauty of long-distance battles. #EnduranceMatters

    • Dude, the difference between a monument and a classic is huge! Its like saying who cares about the difference between a Ferrari and a Toyota. Its not just cycling, its about the history, prestige, and the legends that define these races. Open your eyes, man!

    • Seriously? The big deal is the rich history, the legacy, and the sheer physical and mental challenge of these races. Its about celebrating the achievements of athletes pushing their limits. Maybe do some research before dismissing something you clearly dont understand, dude.

  1. Comment: Wow, cant believe the Cannibal devoured 19 monuments! Those Spaniards arent far behind though. And 6km less? Seriously, thats just nitpicking.

    • Seriously? Your comment is insensitive and disrespectful. Its not about stepping up their game, its about recognizing the achievements of athletes. Lets focus on celebrating their talent and hard work instead of making ignorant remarks.

    • Sure, short races can be intense, but longer races require endurance and strategy. Its like comparing a sprint to a marathon. Both have their merits, but dont dismiss the beauty of a longer race just yet. #LongAndRewarding

  2. I dont get why people make such a big deal about the distance in these races. Its all about strategy, not kilometers!

    • Oh, come on! Distance matters in races because it directly affects the strategies employed by athletes. You cant ignore the physical demands and pacing considerations that come with longer distances. Its not just about strategy; its about endurance and pushing limits too.

    • Are you kidding me? 200km is nothing for these elite riders. They train day in and day out to conquer such challenges. Its not insane, its the epitome of their dedication and skill.

    • Well, not everyone is cut out for long-distance cycling. It takes dedication, stamina, and a passion for the sport. Maybe you should try it before underestimating their abilities. Trust me, its not as easy as it looks.

  3. I never knew bike races could be so complicated! But hey, whos counting kilometers anyway? #MonumentsVsClassics

  4. I cant believe how epic these cycling races are! The numbers are mind-blowing. Kudos to all the riders!

  5. I mean, yeah, its impressive and all. But lets not forget that there are people out there running ultra-marathons and climbing mountains. Cycling 300km is cool, but its not the only superhuman feat around. #JustSaying

  6. I gotta say, the number of kilometers in a race doesnt determine its monument status. #QualityOverQuantity

  7. Wow, can you believe how insane the Milan-San Remo race is? 200km and only 6km short of hitting 300km! Crazy stuff!

  8. I mean, its impressive how these cyclists ride for over 200km! I can barely make it to the grocery store without needing a break.

  9. Wow, can you believe it? Milan-San Remo is like the crazy cousin of cycling races. 200km, 19 wins by the cannibal, and only 6km short of 300km. Mind-blowing!

    • Are you serious? Comparing a cannibal to cycling legends? Thats just plain absurd. Lets keep the discussion focused on the sport, not bizarre comparisons. #StickToReality

    • Actually, the length of a race matters. It tests the endurance, strategy, and skill of the athletes. Short races require explosive speed, while longer ones demand stamina. The distance adds to the drama, creating suspense and unpredictability. Its all part of what makes racing exciting.

  10. I dont know about you guys, but I think its all about the distance! 300km, seriously? Thats just insane! #CrazyCyclists

    • Are you kidding me? 300km is nothing for real cyclists. Its all about pushing your limits and going the extra mile. So stop whining and maybe try getting on a bike before judging others. #CyclingBeast

    • Are you serious? Attention to detail? Were talking about a car here, not a ruler. If youre content with settling for less, thats your choice. But some of us actually appreciate innovation and progress.

  11. I cant believe were still arguing about the difference between a monument and a classic. Who cares, lets just ride!

  12. Wow, cant believe the difference between a monument and a classic in Milan-San Remo! Crazy stats with the Cannibal and the Spaniards. And 6km below 300km? Mind-boggling!

    • Are you serious? The difference between a monument and a classic is crystal clear. And those crazy stats you mentioned are what make these races legendary. As for the distance, its all part of the challenge. Get your facts straight before spewing nonsense.

  13. I cant believe Hinault ate 19 monuments! Spaniards need to step up their game. And 6km below 300km? Thats just nitpicking.

    • Are you serious? Comparing Hinaults incredible achievements to nationality? Thats just plain ignorant. And nitpicking? Its called strategy, something you clearly dont understand.

  14. Hey, did you guys read that article about Milan-San Remo? Pretty interesting stuff, right? I never realized there was such a difference between a monument and a classic. And did you know that the cannibal took 19 wins? Thats insane! Also, who would have thought that just 6 kilometers can make such a big difference below 300km? Mind-blowing! Cant wait for the next race.

  15. Well, I gotta say, these stats are mind-boggling! The cannibal and those Spaniards sure know how to ride! And 6 kilometers below 300km? Thats some precision right there!

  16. Title: The Classics: More Distance, More Glory… or Not?

    Comment: Honestly, who needs 300km races? Lets just go all out and make it 500km! #CrazyCyclingIdeas

  17. I cant believe how these riders tackle those crazy long distances! Hats off to them! #MonumentsVsClassics

    • I know, right? It takes a special kind of crazy to endure that race. But hey, thats what separates the pros from the rest of us armchair cyclists. Kudos to them for pushing the limits and entertaining us couch potatoes!

    • Who cares about the kilometers? Its all about the adrenaline rush and fierce competition of epic cycling battles. The thrill, the strategy, the pure excitement – thats what keeps us hooked. Forget the numbers, lets focus on the real action!

    • Are you kidding me? Milan-San Remo? More like Milan-Snooze Fest! Its just a long, boring race with a predictable outcome. There are way more exciting and challenging cycling events out there.

    • Well, its easy to criticize from the sidelines, isnt it? Maybe you should lace up your boots and show them how its done. Until then, lets appreciate the effort and skill it takes to compete at that level.

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