will10 said:But I don't like the thread.
+100 to both of these.Richeypen said:This. Every Monument winner deserves respect.
Backstedt wasn't bad. He could have easily been a super domestique on a bigger team. The thing that sucked for him was that he wasn't fast enough to sprint with the big boys and was way too heavy for anything with hills. Paris Roubaix was the only race that I beleive he targeted each year.Peccio89 said:For what concern last 15 years that is more or less since when i'm following regularly i would say Zaugg and Backstedt
Maybe they should be called the "least good" cyclist then?Afrank said:+100 to both of these.
I don't like calling a cyclist bad just because they didn't get a lot of great results leading up to or after their monument win.
No matter how a monument was won or who won it, they shouldn't be thought of as bad cyclists IMHO.
And yet I'd argue he's less of a longshot than Demol 15th and 11th in the Vuelta might be forgotten soon, but all in all, it's really not bad. And he finished 8th the next year in Lombardia.will10 said:Zaugg's record in Roubaix isn't too good
I completely agree with that statement. I just can't consider anyone who won a monument to be a bad cyclist, even if they won by being in a lucky break, went unnoticed because everyone marked big favorites, or anything else. Anyway, Oliver Zaugg stands out is the most surprising winner to me. On the other hand, he rode pretty damned well at last year's Il Lombardia, so maybe it was more about finally getting a shot to go for a win.Avoriaz said:Don't really like referring to riders as the worst, so maybe "one hit wonders" will do.
I don't think Cavendish belongs between names like Goss, Gerrans and Ciolek. if you include him, you should include Cipollini too. It's one of the most talented cyclists ever, but his problem is that diehard cycling fans (and I consider myself to be one of them) don't appreciate his talent.El Pistolero said:Zaugg.
Milan-San Remo has the weakest palmares of classics though. Cavendish, Goss, Gerrans, Ciolek.
But despite having a less than stellar line-up, it does have an impressive palmares.Bye Bye Bicycle said:The worst quality of riders - maybe due to the date - is usually to be seen in Lombardy, not MSR. Remember the stellar Top 3 performance of Pablo Lastras? Niklas Axelsson? Hell, even Angelo Lopeboselli managed to podium this race in 2003.
I even think unlikely is being a bit harsh. After Boonen, Cancelara and Hushovd (and now Sagan ofc) I would put him in the group of contenders (among Flecha etc.).Parrulo said:i think some people are being unfair on JVS, he had been very regular in PR pre 2011 with 2 top 10 performances in 08 and 09 being the final selection in 09 where he finished fifth.
he also finished 9th last year, so while an unlikely winner his win certainly is a "totally shocking and completely undeserved" one.