The Podium Slam

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Only 17 riders have been on the podium
In all three GTs. Obviously could have been more if the Veulta was at the end of year in the past
What strikes me most is that out of those 17 riders, 8 riders actually had the occasion to shake hands in the same pro peleton : Froome, Nibali, Contador, Quintana, Menchov, Evans, Valverde, Rodriguez.
Probably linked to the calendar change for the vuelta from 1995 though.
 
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What strikes me most is that out of those 17 riders, 8 riders actually had the occasion to shake hands in the same pro peleton : Froome, Nibali, Contador, Quintana, Menchov, Evans, Valverde, Rodriguez.
Probably linked to the calendar change for the vuelta from 1995 though.
Probably also linked to specialization. Froome, Contador, Quintana, Menchov never won monuments. Valverde and Purito have plenty of monuments, but only one GT victory between them. Cadel never won a monument, and only one GT. Only Nibali in the list has multiple monuments AND GT victories, whereas among the other 9, multiples in both was the rule.

VanSpringel only won Lombardia of the modern monuments, but 7 times Bordeaux-Paris would have had the same level of prestige in those days.
 
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That didn't stop Giovanni Battaglin from winning both Vuelta and Giro in 1981. I think there were four days between the end of the Vuelta and the beginning of the Giro.
Two days of rest (if we can call so), the Vuelta ended the 10th of May and the Giro started the 13th. Four days were in 1973 when both were won by Merckx with the Vuelta ending the 13th of May and the Giro starting the 18th.

Anyway I think the problem was the prestige more than the calendar slot, for the first decades of his history the Vuelta was less prestigious than the Tour de Suisse and until 15/20 years ago was still the poor one among GTs, the move to September in the 90s surely has helped in perspective because now regularly attracts riders coming out of the Tour but the real boost (and the reason why there are so many riders of the 00s and 10s in the list) was the creation of the World Tour (then Pro Tour) that created an immediate internationalization of the startlists rescuing also the prestige of the Giro that was falling sharply between the 90s and the beginning of the 00s, if you look at the startlists of Vuelta and Giro in the years prior to 2005 they were largely a national affair with the majority of foreign riders probably being Italians at the Vuelta and Spaniards at the Giro.
 
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