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    What are the most prestigious races?

    I felt like doing some trolling today. Here's a list of what I think are the most prestigious races in order of importance

    Tour de France
    Giro d'Italia
    World Road Championship
    Paris-Roubaix
    Vuelta
    Milan-San Remo
    Tour of Flanders
    Liege-Bastonge-Liege
    Tour of Lombardy
    Tour of Switzerland

    Flame away!

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    Tour of Euroa

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    Did you win it?

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    Is this a rhetorical question?

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    No. Maybe I should have had the Vuelta number one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    I felt like doing some trolling today. Here's a list of what I think are the most prestigious races in order of importance

    Tour de France
    Giro d'Italia
    World Road Championship
    Paris-Roubaix
    Vuelta
    Milan-San Remo
    Tour of Flanders
    Liege-Bastonge-Liege
    Tour of Lombardy
    Tour of Switzerland

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    I think I'd rate th PB and MSR above the Giro and definitely above the WC's.

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    You are missing the most important African Stage Race

    The Tour De Faso!

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    Quote Originally Posted by domestique
    You are missing the most important African Stage Race

    The Tour De Faso!
    oxymoron.

    right alongside:

    important North American Stage Race
    important South American Stage Race
    important Asian Stage Race
    Important Australian Stage Race

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    I think I'd rate th PB and MSR above the Giro and definitely above the WC's.
    The Italians don't rate MSR above the Giro, so why would you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    oxymoron.

    right alongside:

    important North American Stage Race
    important South American Stage Race
    important Asian Stage Race
    Important Australian Stage Race
    and
    Important Dutch Stage Race
    Important Belgian Stage Race
    Important British Stage Race

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    and
    Important Dutch Stage Race
    Important Belgian Stage Race
    Important British Stage Race
    true, but that's continent specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    The Italians don't rate MSR above the Giro, so why would you?
    Well that's debatable, there are probably a pretty even number of Italian pros who would look at MSR as the biggest prize in Italian cycling as those who prize the Giro. Your question was about cycling overall not just how a certain countries view their own races.

    For me personally the one day classics are more dramatic than most stage races, especially the northern European races. Seeing the guys all covered in dirt, fighting the wind and rain and cobbles is just amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    and
    Important Dutch Stage Race
    Important Belgian Stage Race
    Important British Stage Race
    Right....Africa is the hub of the cycling world unlike Belgium.

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    These guys have a well thought-out system for ranking riders through history:
    http://www.cyclinghalloffame.com/gen_info.asp

    Not exactly the same as ranking by prestige, because of course De Ronde is the biggest jewel.
    http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    and
    Important Dutch Stage Race
    Important Belgian Stage Race
    Important British Stage Race
    Although if you're sponsoring a lower div team isn't any national stage race important to you?
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    just to weigh in ...

    race around france
    giro d'italia
    worlds
    mp murad - d20 road race champs
    flanders
    p-r
    vuelta
    tour de 'toona
    m-sr
    lombardia
    reston grand prix
    l-b-l
    daffy
    giro di coppi
    td swiss
    t of germany
    tradezone
    fleche wallone

    I might have added a couple the protour teams overlook

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    The Worlds are an event, not really a "race", much like another event that was left off the list, the Olympics, which has to rate somewhere in the top ten.

    If it's not held in the same general area on the same (more or less) route/course, I'd call it an event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
    The Worlds are an event, not really a "race", much like another event that was left off the list, the Olympics, which has to rate somewhere in the top ten.

    If it's not held in the same general area on the same (more or less) route/course, I'd call it an event.
    Good point, these two are events and the Olympics should be included.

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    Tour de France
    Giro d'Italia
    Tour of Flanders
    Paris-Roubaix
    Vuelta
    Milan-San Remo
    Liege-Bastonge-Liege
    World Road Championship
    Tour of Lombardy
    Tour of Switzerland
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    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Well that's debatable, there are probably a pretty even number of Italian pros who would look at MSR as the biggest prize in Italian cycling as those who prize the Giro.
    Doubt it. The only reason more guys would 'dream' about MSR is because they have more chance of winning that than winning the Giro.

    Your question was about cycling overall not just how a certain countries view their own races.
    No it wasn't. Where you are from has a very big influence on judging what is prestigious and what isn't. Belgians would rate Flanders above MSR for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    Doubt it. The only reason more guys would 'dream' about MSR is because they have more chance of winning that than winning the Giro.
    Good for you.

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