If only victories or podiums were counted in cycling, most riders would not exist. More often than it seems, the positions of merit, with the pass of time, are forgotten statistics .
Cycling is a sport to be enjoyed in the present, and often the best role is played by riders that tomorrow will not be covered by the press. It’s our memory who will remember their actions, not the archives.
Philippe Gilbert, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaert, Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski have been, without discussion, the best, representatives of a brave cycling, where the desire to win was greater than the fear of losing.
At Letsvelo bike tours, we have selected our moral winners for each major spring classics from this year, including the four Monuments.
1 / Peter Sagan at Milan-San Remo.
2 / Greg Van Avermaert, Oliver Naesen and Peter Sagan, at the Tour of Flanders.
3 / Daniel Oss and Peter Sagan at Paris-Roubaix.
4 / Michal Kwiatkowski at Amstel Gold Race.
5 / Bob Jungels at La Fleche Wallonne.
6 / Anthony Perez at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
But, as we have said before, it would be unfair not to mention the riders who will not appear on the headlines, and who have been pure essence of cycling you read between the lines.
Letsvelo bike tours considers, Olier Naesen, Zdeněk Štybar, Jasper Stuyven, Sonni Colbrelli, Fabio Felline and Danny Van Baarle true heroes in terms of all Spring Classics, from Omloop Het Nieuwslad to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Always close to victory, standing up and fighting for every inch of land, as brave soldiers on the battlefield. Our greatest respect and admiration for them.