By Barry Boyce,
CyclingRevealed Historian


Top 20 All Time Major Classics

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Cycling's definition of a Classic is: A single day race of the highest standard with lasting significance. Of these races 5 are known as the Monuments : Milan-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and Giro d'Lombardia.

Our studies of the 5 Monuments of Cycling have revealed the great stories and secret treasures that make the Classics so special. As is human nature, everyone has an opinion about the classification of the BEST. As the Top 20 series evolves Cycling Revealed invites you to evaluate our list and compare your thought to ours (respond to: Stay tuned as we countdown to the “BEST Classics of ALL TIMES.”

#1 Paris-Roubaix 1952: The Clash of Two Titans!

#2 Tour of Flanders 1969: MERCKX! #3 Milan-San Remo 1946: Coppi's Epic Journey
#4 Paris-Roubaix 1990: By Less Than a Centimeter! #5 Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1980: Hinault, Snow, and Pain
#6 Giro di Lombardia 1983: The Sprint Finish! #7 Paris-Roubaix 1994: In the Muck and Mire
#8 Tour of Flanders 1919: A Legendary Tale! #9 Bordeaux-Paris 1965: AN IMPOSSIBLE DOUBLE
#10 Milan-San Remo 1910: Four Survive the Ordeal! #11 Paris-Roubaix 1983: 2 Crashes and a Puncture
#12 Giro di Lombardia 1968: A Double Win for Van Springel #13 Milan-San Remo 1954: Van Steenbergen's Great Sprint
#14 Giro di Lombardia 1988: Mottet's Risky Attack #15 Milan-San Remo 1992: Kelly's Daredevil Descent
#16 Tour of Flanders 1980: Pollentier Outfoxes the Favorites #17 Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2003: An American's Historic Ride
#18 Milan-San Remo 1977: Youthful Dutchman Wins a Monument #19 Paris-Roubaix 1927: A Controversial Victory for Automoto
#20 Giro di Lombardia 1976: De Vlaeminck's Drive to Victory  



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