The only other rider to achieve this feat is Eddy Merckx.
And given the specialisation of riders’ race programmes in the current era it’s unlikely it will ever be repeated.
But who was Roche’s mentor?
A fellow Dubliner called Peter Crinnion is the man.
Crinnion wasn’t of the current generation of watts/turbo trainer coaches with a college background.
He’d walked the walk, having ridden many of the races Roche would compete in, almost 30 years earlier.
Here’s his story: