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3 Sean Kelly vs. 6 Fiorenzo Magni

If you can't enjoy this matchup, you're banned.

Sean Kelly

Cobbled Credentials Again Please?

Two wins and a third at Paris-Roubaix for the great Irishman, along with three seconds at the Tour of Flanders. Which is positively bizarre given his skillset. But in his heyday in the mid-80s he achieved six podiums in eight starts at the two cobbled monuments, plus a Gent-Wevelgem win for good measure.

Tournament Mojo

Dumped Andrea Tafi in Round 1, like they were descending the Col d'Eze. Since we need to go a little deeper to decide this one, I'll add a bit more detail. Kelly's case is clouded by the lack of a Flanders win. You don't go second three times in four years for lack of quality. He lost a sprint in 1986 to Adri van der Poel, while losing by some distance in 1984 (Lammerts) and '87 (Criquelion). Perhaps his KAS team, a Spanish squad, couldn't take the pressure off him enough. Not sure. But it says something that they couldn't stop him at the less tactical Paris-Roubaix.

Fiorenzo Magni

Cobbled Credentials Again Please?

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.

Tournament Mojo

Dropped Franco Ballerini with ease. Magni's three Rondes were all top shelf. No Roubaix results? OK but recall in those years the Doullens hill was out and the pave were disappearing fast.