Who would have Two Big Wins in their Career?

Who among these will have Two BIG Wins?

  • Zdenek Stybar (31)

    Votes: 3 6.0%
  • Wout Poels (29)

    Votes: 5 10.0%
  • Sep Vanmarcke (28)

    Votes: 3 6.0%
  • Rui Costa (30)

    Votes: 5 10.0%
  • Esteban Chavez (27)

    Votes: 26 52.0%
  • Ian Stannard (29)

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Diego Rosa (27)

    Votes: 7 14.0%
  • Mikel Landa (27)

    Votes: 4 8.0%
  • Greg Van Avermaet (31)

    Votes: 29 58.0%
  • Niki Trepstra (32)

    Votes: 5 10.0%

  • Total voters
    50
These are the three GTs, 5 monuments, OGRR, WCRR
Have two wins and you are assured that you are a closing in on legend status

I have listed 10 riders which are 27 years old and above.
Who among these will have two Big Wins by the end of their career?
 
There are the under 40 active years old riders that have atleast two career BIG wins


Born 1980 onwards. Riders that have atleast two career BIG wins


Valverde
Nibali
Froome
Cavendish
Gilbert
Sagan
Alaphilippe
Quintana
Degenkolb
Kristoff
Martin
GVA
Kwiatkowski
Terpstra

Retired
Contador
Boonen
Cancellera
Rodriguez
Evans
Cunego
Schleck
Ballan
Devolder
Gerrans

New Additions
Roglic
Fuglsang
Pogacar
Bernal

Potential Additions:
Van der Poel
Van Aert
Asgreen
Carapaz
Thomas
Hart
Bettiol
Pinot
Yates
Chaves
 
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I think you need to seriously revise that list.

By what stretch of the imagination have, for example, either of the Yates brothers won any race at all of the standard you stipulate, yet alone 2 or more each?

EDIT: That is really bad form, to edit your post so as to make mine appear erroneous, without acknowledging what you have done. At the time of my message, your post did not have the qualification "potential" attached to those U27s.
 
Also, just two wins at that level means a lot of people are "legends" that you mightn't otherwise consider.

For example, there are many people whose names are often omitted when we go through the big guns of cycling history, especially given that the big GT champions tend to be more well-known the further back into cycling history you go so unless they win multiple times, people who win a couple of the biggest one-day races are lost to time especially if they don't have anything specific that marks their legend (Simpson's and Monséré's premature deaths, for example). The less controlled nature of one-day racing perhaps figures into that, with the number of surprise winners of one day races massively outnumbering the number of true shock winners in the Grand Tours):
Georges Claes (2x Roubaix)
Prosper Depredomme (2x LBL)
Germain Derycke (you could argue that Derycke deserves a lot more credit in cycling history than he gets, having won San Remo, Roubaix, de Ronde and Liège as well as two World Championships podiums)
Noël Foré (1x Ronde, 1x Roubaix)
Emile Daems (1x Sanremo, 1x Roubaix, 1x Lombardia)
Jo de Roo (2x Lombardia, 1x Ronde)
Joseph Bruyère (2x Liège)

That's just restricting it to post-war, otherwise there are numerous people from the early days of cycling that have won a couple of the big races before the sport as it is today was truly established. All won two or more BIG races by your definition (I'm not going to go into the minefield that is the amateur scene in the split Europe days, as Täve Schur should be considered too if you allow for that with 2x World RR, even if he was never allowed to turn pro and attempt any of the other races mentioned apart from the Olympic RR, although anybody who knows anything about Eastern Bloc cycling knows Täve is most definitely a legend anyway).

The more recent you go, the more well-remembered people are, but do we really think that some of the people who only have two such wins in their career will be remembered in 30-40 years as legends, or will they be respected and revered by those 'in the know' and largely lost to casual fans like the names above? Will people really remember Alessandro Ballan, Stijn Devolder, Simon Gerrans or Dan Martin as legends based on their palmarès at time of writing?
 
Chaves and GVA are the only two I'd back with any confidence. They're half way there and have quite a lot of opportunities each year to add another, at least compared with the others on the list.

Rui Costa as well perhaps could grab a LBL or Lombardia if there are awful conditions. Depends how he fits in to the new set up I guess.
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
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 :D ), 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.
 
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
Maybe because you don't like sprinters or sprint stages.
 
2 big wins is not at all enough to make you a legend. In my book none of the riders in that list will go down as legends.

As to getting another victory on the big stage I'd only back Chavez with 100% confidence.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
The reason Sagan isn't a legend yet is due to his age. Legend has an elder and veteran connotation attached to it.

He is the best bike rider most of us will ever get the chance to see.
 
Of the ones under 27 I think Kwiatkowski and Gaviria have the best shot at getting two big wins in his career. Kwiat is a really good allrounder and PR is the only big one day race I'm sure he won't win and Gaviria is simply such an impressive rider at his age that I think only big injuries can hold him off that list.
I would have been pretty sure that Aru will win another gt after his Vuelta win 2015 but after his very disappointing last season I'm not so sure anymore. Then again I think he is still 10 times more likely to get two big wins than Ian Stannard.

And about being a legend after winning two big races, I agree with most other people. You have to win way more than that to call yourself a legend. Or do you think in 30 years people will still talk about the incredible cycling legend Dan Martin?
 
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portugal11 said:
Valv.Piti said:
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
Maybe because you don't like sprinters or sprint stages.
I don't riders who only can sprint (fortunately, we have many versatile fast-men right now) and no, I don't like pure sprint stages and think they should be kept at a minimum (3-4 in each GT). However, my favourite rider behind Quintana and Valv is, with quite some distance actually, Gaviria. Everything isn't that black/white. ;)
 
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Holy Trinity of current peloton are Boonen, Contador and Valverde. Legendary status also have Nibali and Froome. Cav is quite close, with Gilbert and Sagan, although I think Phil Gil will never reach that status opposite to other two. Quintana is on a good path too, and that's about it for now...
 
You need to fix your poll. Delete a selection, save, then re-add it, save, and the poll will work.

Btw, of your list, I'd probably vote Chaves and GVA, though I seriously considered a couple other guys. I'd have also voted for Kwia - imo he deserves to be in the poll above everyone else you have there.
 
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Mr.White said:
Holy Trinity of current peloton are Boonen, Contador and Valverde. Legendary status also have Nibali and Froome. Cav is quite close, with Gilbert and Sagan, although I think Phil Gil will never reach that status opposite to other two. Quintana is on a good path too, and that's about it for now...
Froome's infamous and the majority will try to forget him. Quintana lacks the charisma do be a legend.

I think Gilbert is up there. Sorta.
 
Cunego is a prime example of someone who did incredible things early in his career (3 monuments + a GT) who isn't considered a legend by everyone because his greatness wasn't sustained for a really long time. And he's still active!
 
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It's not just about wins and records.
Let's be real, how many of you think that Erik Zabel shoul be considered a legend?
 
I wouldn't call him legend (nor would I call Nibali, Froome or Valverde that), but I think he's only one step below Freire. Sprinters that don't have significant non-sprint wins are hard to judge, imo. It's for the same reason that I think Vino is a legend. Some wins are just better than others, and he was certainly a memorable character as well.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
what, no Froome?
 
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rick james said:
Valv.Piti said:
Yeah, Nibz, Valv, Contador and Boonen are legends. Sagan will with 99% certainty also be one, as a matter of fact, he is probably pretty close already. Assuming Phil Gil won't win Flanders and such, I don't think he is a legend. Not consistent enough. One super spectacular season is not enough for me.

Cav is probably the most intriguing. Its not a rider I will remember, but many will. After all, he has a monument + WCRR and obviously all those stages. He will need to tie or beat Eddy, but still won't be a rider I'll tell my children about due to HOW he won.
what, no Froome?
It was a response to Tonton.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
It's not just about wins and records.
Let's be real, how many of you think that Erik Zabel shoul be considered a legend?
Well for me he is. I rate him above all top sprinters in the past 25 years, Cipo, Ale, Cav, etc.
 

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