Log in:  

Register

Who had the best season in the last 20 years?

A place to discuss all things related to current professional road races. Here, you can also touch on the latest news relating to professional road racing. A doping discussion free forum.

Moderators: Irondan, Eshnar, Red Rick, Valv.Piti, Pricey_sky, Tonton, King Boonen

Who had the best season in the last 20 years?

Gilbert 2011
36
43%
Cipollini 2002
1
1%
Cavendish 2009
3
4%
Pantani 1998
25
30%
Cancellara 2008
2
2%
Boonen 2005
6
7%
Petacchi 2003 or 2004
1
1%
Contador 2008
7
8%
Zabel 2001
3
4%
 
Total votes : 84

Re: Who had the best season in the last 20 years?

17 Sep 2017 22:08

AnatoleNovak wrote:
Blanco wrote:
Ruby United wrote:Froome going for the ITT.
If he wins who would have been the last person to have had a better season than him.
Certainly no-one in the last 20 years.
Would we have to go all the way back to Roche, 1987?

Jalabert 1995 and Bugo 1990 weren't bad, but not as good.
Indurain 1993 perhaps? Tour, Giro and 2nd in WCRR as well as a few small victories.


Jalabert 1995 beats any season in last 29 years! Even Indurain's 1993


Glad to read it from a non-french! :p I'd say Jalabert's 1995 is the greatest season since Maertens in the 70's or Kelly in the 80's.


Hinault had some pretty good seasons back then also...
User avatar Blanco
Member
 
Posts: 444
Joined: 06 Jun 2017 19:33
Location: Serbia

Re: Re:

18 Sep 2017 05:24

burning wrote:
Netserk wrote:And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win that wasn't a sprint was San Sebastian (which was a quite late attack).


And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win for Boonen in 2005 that wasn't a sprint was Ronde (which was a quite late attack).

Seriously, I don't understand why you devalue Gilbert's wins. For example, did you expect him to drop Schlecks before the finish, even though he knew that he would torch them in the sprint?

Sure, style wise they are comparable. 2 monuments and Worlds are however not comparable to what Gilbert managed...
Goodbye, Tommeke; thank you for all you have given us!
User avatar Netserk
Veteran
 
Posts: 18,862
Joined: 30 Apr 2011 13:10
Location: Denmark

Re: Re:

18 Sep 2017 07:52

burning wrote:
Netserk wrote:And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win that wasn't a sprint was San Sebastian (which was a quite late attack).


And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win for Boonen in 2005 that wasn't a sprint was Ronde (which was a quite late attack).


How anyone can compare a 2-man or a 3-man sprint with a bunch sprint and how anyone can compare a late attack from a breakaway with a late attack from a peloton is beyond me. And then I'll be ridiculed for saying that most of Sagan's wins are bunch sprints. :rolleyes:
Echoes
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2,944
Joined: 08 Oct 2009 17:57

18 Sep 2017 08:00

Yet Sagan has still managed to win more races solo (and in general non-bunch sprint wins) than Greg has in his career, despite the age difference. Must be down to the class difference :cool:
Goodbye, Tommeke; thank you for all you have given us!
User avatar Netserk
Veteran
 
Posts: 18,862
Joined: 30 Apr 2011 13:10
Location: Denmark

Re: Re:

18 Sep 2017 16:17

Netserk wrote:
burning wrote:
Netserk wrote:And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win that wasn't a sprint was San Sebastian (which was a quite late attack).


And if I'm not mistaking, the only notable win for Boonen in 2005 that wasn't a sprint was Ronde (which was a quite late attack).

Seriously, I don't understand why you devalue Gilbert's wins. For example, did you expect him to drop Schlecks before the finish, even though he knew that he would torch them in the sprint?

Sure, style wise they are comparable. 2 monuments and Worlds are however not comparable to what Gilbert managed...


That's why I voted for Boonen 2005, because he won all the big races that he can win and he got some nice wins here and there. But, I don't see a big difference between Gilbert's LBL win and Boonen's Ronde win in 2005, there is not much difference in style when you attack from 8 kms to go instead of embarrassing teammates in the sprint.
burning
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,264
Joined: 29 Feb 2012 21:33

18 Sep 2017 16:27

There's one season that could've gone in here.

VDB's 1999.

Won Het Volk easily. Would've won Paris-Nice but got caught in the crosswinds. 2nd in E3 beaten in a sprint. Lost a 3 days De Panne win to a crash. Lost a Flanders win to a crash (still got 2nd). 7th in Roubaix. Won LBL

Spent 4 months away due to clinic issues

Came back at the Vuelta. Won 2 stages. Didn't give a toss about GC but was easily the strongest in the race (waiting for Ullrich on Abantos when he could've easily won the stage, because Ullrich had bought his help...).

Went to the Worlds, finished in the front group of 8 at the end of 200kms with two broken wrists.
Then had to sit out Lombardia healing

Could've been epic.
Instead we're left with "only" 4 big wins and the youtube memories of that absolutely ridiculous day on Navalmoral.

While I feel he's massively overrated by some, that season could've been one for the ages.
User avatar GuyIncognito
Senior Member
 
Posts: 3,485
Joined: 27 Jun 2013 21:19

Previous

Return to Professional road racing

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 16 guests

Back to top