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7 Of Cycling’s Legendary One Hit Wonders

(whooshing) – History, music and sport
are peppered with names who made an impact once,
only to never quite scale those dizzy heights again. So we thought we would
celebrate the achievements of some cyclists who recorded
that career defining victory. This video is a celebration
of the opportunistic riders who didn’t win much but won big once. (upbeat music) As an amateur rider, the
Belgian Johan Vansummeren was very much a winner. He won the under 23 Hepvog
and Liège-Bastogne-Liège to name just two. And he also taken a Silver medal in the Under 23 World
Road Race Championships in Ontario, Canda, in 2003. In a career that spanned 15 seasons for teams such Silence-Lotto,
Predictor-Lotto, Davitamon and AG2R, he was a
hugely popular and gutsy rider. And on one magic day, in April of 2011 everything came together
for Johan in Paris-Roubaix. He rode in alone to the
velodrome for a famous and very emotional victory. Now previous to that, he had won a Stage and General Classification
at the Tour of Poland, but he’s definitely one of those riders who you’d expect to have
far more wins in his career, than he actually did. Now as an ex-teammate of Johan’s though I know that he just loved
to work for other riders, he’d be the first to
start beasting himself on the front of the bunch and he was as reliable as they come. (soft music) Like Vansummeren, Mat Hayman
was a solid domestique who loved the Cobbled Classics. In his first 12 years as a pro, he won just three races,
not a surprise really, for someone who spent
the majority of his time working for others. However, he always believed in his chances at Paris-Roubaix. In 2010 on his 10th attempt,
he got his first top 10 and the following year he backed that up with an 8th place at the Velodrome. Time was running out though, in 2016, his 16th year as a pro it looked like he wouldn’t
even get to take the start, he broke his arm in a crash at the first Cobble Classic
of the year in February. Famously, he then rode indoors on-swift with a ladder upon which to rest his arm, and somehow he made it onto the start line at Paris-Roubaix. The rest, as they say, is history. Hayman made the early break, if you can call it that, it took about 100
kilometers for it to form once it was caught though,
in the latter stage by the likes of Tom Bonan, Svet Vanmarken, and Ed Valbousan-Hargen we thought it was all over. And to be honest, I reckon
he’d have been thinking exactly the same thing. But then he managed to do the unthinkable out-sprinting Tom Bonan and preventing him from winning a record 5th Paris-Roubaix. Now I for one, will never ever forget watching Hayman afterwards,
in complete disbelief and apart from Bonan’s fans, I think everybody was over
the moon for Mat Hayman. That would mark the 4th and final victory in a career than spanned almost 20 years. (upbeat music) The world Road Race Championships is often a race that can
throw up a surprise winner and that was definitely
the case for Latvia’s Romans Vainsteins, he
pulled on the Rainbow Jersey in the year 2000 in Plouay. Winning that one though, can
do strange things to a rider for some it can spur them on to continue winning the biggest race in the world. And for others it can go to their head and they never win at those heights again. And that seemed to be the case for Romans. He had been really making great progress in his career up to that point, but went on to have just
three more victories before he finally retired in 2004. (upbeat techno music) When you’re a big lad, better known for your flat riding, going on a solo attack in the Tour De France
through the high mountains would have left many
scratching their heads. However, Eros Poli’s
day out on the Stage 15 of the 1994 Tour De France
is the stuff of legends. He attacked with 171 kilometers to go and started Mont Ventoux
with still 23 minutes and 45 seconds in tact. He ground his way, almost
literally, up the Ventoux and went over the top with
still four minutes advantage. Now at six foot four and 87 kilograms descending was not something
that he had trouble with and he came into the finish in Carpentras for one of the most
famous Stage Tour wins, throwing his hat into
the crowd as he sat up for his victory salute. (upbeat music) One member of this club,
who really personifies the plucky opportunist, is
the Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg. In 2011 he won Il Lombardia, the final monument of each season. Zaugg was riding for Leopard Trek and was part of a select
group that included Dan Martin, Evan Bassaux
and Philippe Gilbert amongst many other big names. When Zaugg attacked on the narrow climb, he instantly opened a
gap and once he went over the top and headed towards
the finish line in Lecco, it became apparent, that that was a lead he was not going to relinquish. He wasn’t even a big
winner, Zaugg as a Junior or Under 23, and in fact,
apart from a couple of wins in team time trials, this was the only career win that we could find. He would retire in 2016,
after riding Il Lombardia one final time. (upbeat techno music) Gabriele Colombo won
the 1996 Milan-San Remo at his first attempt. Getting clear in a
breakaway, which he started with a daring attack and then still clear over the Poggio. He then launched a late solo move and came home for a
career defining victory, such was the strength of his victory you would have thought
he’d go on to be the best Classic Rides of his generation. He did go onto Podium at
the Liege Bastogne Liege and had a few wins here and there, in races such as Sardinia,
Pais Vasco and Catalungia but he never won another Monument before he retired in 2004. (soft techno music) He’s probably best known as
a brilliant Sports Director with the likes of Team Katusha-Alpecin and Trek Sega Fredo, but Dirk Demol was also
a professional rider who scored one victory. But what a victory it was, the 1988 edition of
Paris-Roubaix was one that wouldn’t look out of
place in the modern era. Back then it was very much
a clear hierarchy of power, leaders were leaders in the Peneton, and domestiques were
very much domestiques. On this dry dusty day
though, leaders such as Kelly, Fignion and Vanderpull and Baur sat watching each other,
sure that the breakaway would be brought back for
one of them to try to win. But it wasn’t and Dirk
Demol came into Roubaix with Kelly’s KAS teammate
Thomas Wegmüller for company. Now in a cruel twist of fate,
Wegmüller got a plastic bag wrapped around his gears
inside the closing kilometers, Demol, though, didn’t profit from it. He was a true gent and
he sat behind whilst the mechanic freed the
bag as best he could, but then once the sprints
started, and we are talking pre-velodrome finish here, the Belgian made no mistake at all. Now winning a Monument,
especially Paris-Roubaix even the once, pretty
much makes you a legend in the sport of cycling,
but if you’re Belgian, it pretty much makes you a God. (uplifting techno music) And finally, we have a rider who very much has the
opportunity to remove himself from this club, EF Education First, Alberto Bettiol. This year he scored his
first professional win at the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol was a super talent, in fact, as a Junior and Under 23. He was European Junior
Time Trial Champion, but most pros will tell you that the slate gets wiped
clean once you turn pro, you generally learn your
craft all over again. To date, that remains
Bettiol’s only pro win. But at 25, he’s still got plenty of time to become a two or three hit wonder, maybe even more. Right then, before you point it out to me, I do know that these riders
second stream results are better than my best ones, I could only wish to have
been a one hit wonder, one is better than none, afterall. Now, if we’ve left anybody off our list please let us know, in the
comments section down below. We couldn’t quite finish now though, because we’ve got to
mention Ollie’s nomination of our very own Psy Richardson,
who’s victory in the 2009 Rås in Ireland, will go
down in the history books. What for? Not quite sure yet, but he’s
definitely been dining out on that one at the
local Irish bar in Bath, or in fact any other
Irish bar that he goes to in the world ever since. Thank you very much for watching, if you enjoyed it, please
hit the thumbs up button which is just below. Next up we’ve got a vintage GCN video: Where are they now? We look at some high profile ex-pros and what they’re getting up to since they retired from the sport. Although, that said,
it’s such an old video they might have changed vocation again. Anyway, you can find it, just down here.

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