4 Octave Lapize vs. 13 Hennie Kuiper

Octave Lapize

Cobbles Credentials: Won three consecutive editions of Paris-Roubaix (1909-1911) at a time when the Tour of Flanders didn't yet exist. Also took three editions of Paris-Brussels in that time frame.

DId you know? Won the Tour de France in 1910, making him one of three riders to win the Tour and the Queen of the Classics in the same year, along with Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. Was shot down over northeastern France in WWI and died of his wounds.

Hennie Kuiper

Cobbles Credentials: Wins and thirds in each of Flanders and Roubaix. Virtually all of his results in the classics were achieved after his 30th birthday, when he trained his focus away from the grand tours.

DId you know? Undoubtedly the best all-around rider in Dutch history -- he's the only Netherlander to win four of the five monuments, missing out only on Liege. He also came in second in the Tour de France twice, winning stages to Alpe d'Huez on two occasions, unlike virtually anyone else we have mentioned on the blog in the last week or so.

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