Anyone who watched Fabian Cancellara destroy the field at the Tour of Flanders and then repeat the performance at Paris-Roubaix will know that the Swiss machine has ruled the cobbled Classics this season.
To put it into context, Cancellara put almost four-and-a-half minutes into Tom Boonen over the two races.
In just over 13 hours, or 520 kilometres, of racing, Cancellara spent 92 kilometres off the front on his own or with one or two other riders for company.
It has been an incredible eight days for the Saxo Bank rider and Cycling Weekly has combined the times for both Classics to illustrate his superiority.
They gave a cobblestone to Filippo Pozzato as the first Italian finisher of Paris-Roubaix, to mark the memory of former winner Franco Ballerini.
Perhaps there should be a prize for the rider who does best over the course of both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
So step forward, Fabian Cancellara, the inaugural winner of Cycling Weekly's 'just for fun' King of the Cobblestones competition.
CYCLING WEEKLY'S KING OF THE COBBLESTONES CLASSIFICATION
Calculated using the combined finishing times for riders who completed the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank 520km in 13-01-06
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step at 4-29
3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Team Sky at 4-35
4. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil at 5-35
5. Roger Hammond (GB) Cervélo at 5-49
6. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo at 7-13
7. Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma at 7-51
8. Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2r at 9-02
Plus George Hincapie, Maarten Wynants, Lloyd Mondory, Frédéric Guesdon, Mat Hayman and Johnny Hoogerland all at 9-40
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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.
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