Libertine Seguros wrote:
Also, just two wins at that level means a lot of people are "legends" that you mightn't otherwise consider.
Bingo...Duclos or Madiot are not "legends". Eric Leman (RVV x3) is not a "legend" either IMO.
We could also discuss (again) if all wins are equal, and that's a dangerous road (i.e. two monuments = one GT) that I will not take here. I believe that legends become legends by achieving feats that set them apart. By breaking records and/or belonging to select groups.
To me, active legends of the sport are Contador (so many GT win, fans don't agree how many
), Froome (3 TdF), Nibali (all three GTs), Valverde (domination of world rankings since he was in the crib) and Boonen (so many PR and RVV, plus WRRC). I don't have Quintana in just yet, but he'll get there. I think that Sagan will get there. Cavendish needs 35 TdF career stage wins and he'll be a legend. I'm on the fence with Gilbert, leaning towards a yes.
I hope that GVA gets there. And Pinot, of course
There's nothing wrong if a great rider doesn't achieve "legend" status IMO. Only a handful of champions get there per generation. That's what makes them so special.