6. Cancellara-Sagan mash-up
Everyone says that Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is going to win a bundle of classics, but the pundits clearly didn’t ask Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard). The 2013 northern classics provided a battle for the ages between cycling’s proven king of the cobbles and his would-be usurper.
Cancellara delivered some of his most sublime performances of his career en route to a sweep across the cobbles, with victories at E3 Harelbeke, Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), and Paris-Roubaix, increasing his career haul of monuments to six.
Sagan surely took some lessons out of 2013, when he was undeniably the strongest rider of the spring, but got stuck in second at Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche, E3 Harelbeke, and Flanders. His wins at Ghent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl reminded everyone just how good he is. For 2014, the Cancellara-Sagan mash-up should be even better.
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