Originally Posted by 18-Valve. (pithy)
Yep, for one-day races it's between Leukemans and Van Avermaet right now. I rate consistency and versatility higher than "lucky" Monument wins, though.
Vanmarcke was up there in a lot of cobbled races last 2 years... I rate consistency high too, but consistenty in riding for the win. Not consistency like Vdb or Leukemans: they are there in the final but aren't close to winning. I'd rather have a rider being 8th and did everything he can to try to win then classic riders like Hoste, Schlecks or Leukemans who cooperate with Gilbert to the finish line without any tactics. Those guys are happy with placings, so they aren't champions in my opinion.
The 3rd is between van Avermaet and De Gendt.