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.
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.
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.
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.