Cobbles Credentials: The White Wolf was only the second non-Belgian rider to win the Tour of Flanders... but remains to this day the only rider of any stripe to win three consecutive editions (1949-51). No fluke either; he beat Briek Schotte in two editions and was known for his aggressiveness on the road. Owns a single third-place at Paris-Roubaix and no other Flemish results of note.
DId you know? Affectionately known (also) as "the biscuit" for his lack of hair, and the Tuscan Flandrien for... obvious reasons.
Cobbles Credentials: One more P-R specialist: the late Ballerini took home two titles there plus a second and a third. He knocked on a lot of doors in Flanders: second in de Ronde, second and third in Gent-Wevelgem. But he also became the first Italian Omloop winner in 1995.
DId you know? Ballerini gained additional fame as the Italian national team coach, overseeing two world titles and an Olympic gold medal.