trompe le monde wrote:I'm just judging them on what they, and what the cycling world, would value most out of the cobbled races, Flanders and Roubaix. I'm not discrediting races like Omloop or Gent Wevelgem, just think they should be judged according to the highest level of competition, of which most serious cobbled classics racers would latch their dreams onto winning one of Roubaix or Flanders.
Let's take European football for an example. Would you say that winning the Europa Cup is just as prestigious as winning the Champions League? They're both nice achievements, but the Champions League is certainly more prestigious and much harder to win. For me, Roubaix and Flanders are like the Champions League and the other cobbled races are like the Europa League. It's not that big a stretch to make such an anology.
Am I wrong to think to this? No, at least I hope not.
Dazed and Confused wrote:Well yes, racing to win is always nice, but should Contador fail to win a GT in '13, his season will likely be called a failure. Big stars, big target etc.
My point is should one of the cobbles riders outshine the other in the RVV + P-R campaign next year a follow up poll will likely go in the direction of who ever came out with the best results in these two races.
Dazed and Confused wrote:Think we are on the same page, misunderstood you.
The thing is, Boonen is also a record holder in all the races I posted besides Omloop het Volk and Dwars door Vlaanderen. That includes the big ones.
If we're talking about best cobbles rider these other races should also be taken into account.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week