I see parallels to Uran- who has three second places in GTs but has never won any stage race.Leif Hoste has to deserve a shout here. Three second places at the Ronde, zero wins in any cobbled classic, or even any one-day race if we aren't counting Belgian TT championships. That's a pretty unique track record.
Aaaah, Emma. I was especially sad for her in 2016, when she so nearly missed out on a win in either the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Rio Olympics. Would've been well-deserved farewell moments of glory. Even more so because she is really, really kind (and I had a little crush on her when I was younger).Meet Emma Johansson.
This thread was pretty much made for Emma, who amassed so many podiums and placements without winning - over 150 2nds and 3rds in her career - that she acquired the name "Silver Emma", and also got mocked for it by a rather bitter Lizzie Armitstead in 2014, who suggested she "probably prefers" silver after a lack of cohesion in the lead group allowed the chasers - including eventual winner Pauline Ferrand-Prévot - to catch on. Emma, for her part, had no teammates to help her for most of that race and had just had a solo attack pulled back. She also turned herself inside out to help her stronger TT breakmates catch Mara Abbott in the Rio Road Race, only to then not be able to use her area of advantage - the sprint - to its fullest as a result and be left with another silver. But then, if she hadn't done that, she wins that sprint, but the sprint is only for silver anyway.
Emma finished in the top 10 of the Ronde van Vlaanderen 7 times, 6 of which were top 5, 4 of which were podiums, but never won it.
She finished on the podium of La Flèche Wallonne 3 times and in the top 10 7 times, but never won it.
She has 7 World Championship Road Race top 10s, 5 of which in the top 5, and 3 of which on the podium... but never won it.
She has two silver medals and a 6th place from three entries in the Olympic Road Race - and therefore, of course, no gold.
She has 7 top 10 finishes in the GP Plouay, 4 of which were podiums (twice 2nd, twice 3rd)... but never won it.
She has 7 top 10 finished in her home race of the GP Vårgårda, 3 of which (spotting a pattern here?) were podiums... but never raised her arms in victory.
She has 6 GC top 10s at the Holland Ladies Tour, 5 of which are in the top 5, but only one podium and no wins.
She has finished top 10 of the GP Elsy Jacobs (basically the Women's Tour of Luxembourg) 5 times, 2x 3rd and 2x 4th... but you guessed it, no wins.
On five occasions she was top 3 in the UCI Women's World Cup ranking... but never won it.
At the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, almost definitely the most prestigious women's classic without a male equivalent, she was on a run of 6 consecutive top 10s and 5 consecutive top 5s (four of which were podiums) without a victory when, in 2014, she finally took that win.
Emma Johansson's palmarès is truly saddening. She deserved so much better, but she was always getting outnumbered by riders on the superteams (which she never seemed to be able to get into, or at least not at the right time), by peak Vos or peak Armitstead, and in the Worlds and Olympics she was frequently foraging alone or reliant almost solely on Emilia Fahlin for support. But what makes it stranger is that unlike others whose number of victories often don't line up with their talent levels, like Longo Borghini for example, Emma Johansson had a fast finish. She was a useful sprinter, especially from the reduced groups she was often contesting wins from. But she sadly just had that uncanny knack of finding a selection that had somebody faster on that day.
In the first part he underestimated it, in the second part he was not allowed to race it, and in the third part the stars didn't alligned (although in 2014 it was not only the stars to blame ).Valverde biggest lack in his career is Lombardia.
Three times 2nd place :/
It's really a shame he won only one of the monuments (although 4 times) in his career, and Lombardia togheter with LBL are the races that suits the best for him.
The problem is that in first part of the career I think he underestimated Lombardia.
But maybe he'll win in 2022
Freddy Maertens and all Monument Classics.
We’ll that’s just the perfect example. Basque legend, Vuelta winner, winner of classics, competed on all levels at any race. Never won his home race.Marino Lejarreta in the Tour of the Basque Country. 5 podiums in GC and 10 podiums in stages but never managed to win any.