Fabian Cancellara has already secured his status as one of the finest Classics riders of this generation and now he has earned a place in the all-time record books too.
Spartacus’ stormed to victory at the Tour of Flanders for a second year running, his third career victory in the race putting him in an elite class of seven riders to have sealed a prestigious hat-trick.
We were also treated to, perhaps, a glimpse of the future as Sep Vanmarcke ran him close once again – narrowly beaten at the death just as he was at Paris-Roubaix in 2013.
It was a thrilling end to an epic 98th edition of the Tour of Flanders, with the revamped route certainly winning admirers from the off.
But what else did the 2014 Tour of Flanders teach us? Read our five observations over the following pages and add your own in the forum.