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The 6th greatest classics.

Most prestigious non-Monument classics?

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

    Votes: 3 2.8%
  • Strade Bianche

    Votes: 47 43.9%
  • Gent-Wevelgem

    Votes: 15 14.0%
  • Amstel Gold Race

    Votes: 10 9.3%
  • Flèche Wallonne

    Votes: 18 16.8%
  • Tre Valli Varesine

    Votes: 2 1.9%
  • Milano-Torino

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Paris-Tours

    Votes: 8 7.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 2.8%

  • Total voters
    107
Let's get this problem solved once and for all. What do you think is the 6th most prestigious classics and why? Take anything into consideration: Age, hardness, history, uniqueness, length, strength of the peloton, list of winners, list of iconic roads and climbs..
 
I'd go for Fleche, just ahead of Strade Bianche and Amstel Gold. Fleche is basically the Milano-Sanremo for puncheurs; it's the definitive race to crown the best uphill sprinter in the world. The other races listed are either overshadowed by bigger races with similar features or don't have enough top riders peaking for them. Strade perhaps would be number 1 for me, if the Ardennes specialists were there in close to peak form. But they're not, so it isn't.
 
Fléche Wallone by a mile. Amstel is not anywhere near FW. Mur de Huy is a more iconic finish than Cauberg and the race is a lot older. As DFA123 have said, it's the ultimate test for the uphill sprinters.

Strade is the most unique of them all but still in it's toddler phrase. It will gain prestige with age.

Gent-Wevelgem used to be a race everybody would love win but it has lost some prestige in the recent years because every cobbled classics is considered a warm-up to De Ronde and Roubaix.

But in terms of racing.. Omloop, Dwars, E3 and GW are always better than Amstel Gold Race and co.
 
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I don't think there is a 6th lost monument around (5 are more than enough ....)

I would rate the races:

Tier One: E3 (borderline), Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, San Sebastian (missing in the poll, perhaps borderline like E3)

Tier Two: Het Volk, Strade Bianche (somewhat overrated here *, too early in the season and too little history)

Tier Three: Tre Valle Varesine, Milano - Torino (was long time ago perhaps Tier One), Paris - Tours (same as Milano - Torino)

* I agree though it's the race which is moving up fastest and still some potential in future
 
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WheelofGear said:
Fléche Wallone by a mile. Amstel is not anywhere near FW. Mur de Huy is a more iconic finish than Cauberg and the race is a lot older. As DFA123 have said, it's the ultimate test for the uphill sprinters.

Strade is the most unique of them all but still in it's toddler phrase. It will gain prestige with age.

Gent-Wevelgem used to be a race everybody would love win but it has lost some prestige in the recent years because every cobbled classics is considered a warm-up to De Ronde and Roubaix.

But in terms of racing.. Omloop, Dwars, E3 and GW are always better than Amstel Gold Race and co.

Many riders have Amstel or Flèche Wallone as their main targets of the season. You never hear someone who is saying "wow, E3 Harelbeke.. it's the race of my dreams. One of my main objectives for the season for sure"
 
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Hugo Koblet said:
According to El Pistolero, only Gent-Wevelgem and Amstel Gold Race can qualify as classics, so take your pick between those two.

Cudos to El Pistolero then ;) ... add Flèche (altough apart of the Mur de Huy not much attraction there) and he's about right ....
 
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loge1884 said:
Hugo Koblet said:
According to El Pistolero, only Gent-Wevelgem and Amstel Gold Race can qualify as classics, so take your pick between those two.

Cudos to El Pistolero then ;) ... add Flèche (altough apart of the Mur de Huy not much attraction there) and he's about right ....
Flèche Wallone doesn't meet the criteria for what constitutes a classic according to El Pistolero.
 

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