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1 Eddy Merckx vs 16 Paul Deman

I know, I know. Someday a #16 will upset a #1...

Eddy Merckx

Cobbles Credentials: Won the Ronde van Vlaanderen two times, Paris-Roubaix three times, Gent-Wevelgem three times. Handfuls of other podiums. Never won E3 Prijs for some reason. Is that nitpicking?

DId you know? Eh... what can I say that hasn't been said.

Paul Deman

Cobbles Credentials: Won the first edition of the Tour of Flanders (1913), as well as Paris-Roubaix in 1920. Back then de Ronde was a 324km affair, so there's that. Also bikes weighed more than modern cars.

DId you know? Spent World War I smuggling documents into the Netherlands by bike. Did Merckx ever ride for his life, literally speaking?