The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest by Peter Cossins

By Peter Cossins

The travel de France may supply the obvious repute and glory, however it is cycling's one-day exams that the pro riders fairly prize. hardest, longest and dirtiest of all are the so-called 'Monuments', the 5 mythical races which are the sport's an identical of golf's majors or the grand slams in tennis. Milan–Sanremo, the journey of Flanders, Paris­–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the travel of Lombardy date again greater than a century, and every of them is an anomaly in modern day game, the biking similar of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Time has replaced them to some extent, yet they continue to be as brutally trying out as they ever were. they supply the sport's awesome one-day performers – the likes of Philippe Gilbert, Fabian Cancellara, Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Thor Hushovd – with an opportunity to degree themselves opposed to one another and their predecessors within the such a lot demanding exams in global biking. From the bone-shattering bowler-hat cobbles of the Paris–Roubaix to the insanely steep hellingen in the journey of Flanders, every one race is as distinctive because the riders who push themselves via severe exhaustion to win them and input their epic history.

Over the process a century, basically Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx have received all 5 races. but victory in one variation of a Monument promises a rider lasting repute. For a few, that one victory has much more cachet than luck in a grand journey. all the Monuments has a desirable background, that includes stories of the best and biggest characters within the game. In The Monuments Peter Cossins tells the tumultuous historical past of those striking races and the riders they've got immortalised.

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