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UK greats

02 Aug 2009 21:20

1 Tommy Simpson
2 Nicole Cooke
3 Bradley Wiggins
4 Chris Boardman
5 Chris Hoy
6 Beryl Burton
7 Robert Millar
8 Mark Cavendish
9 Barry Hoban
10 Sean Yates

Hon Mention to some great riders that would have done more internationally with the sort of set ups available now: Sid Barras, Dave Lloyd, Les West, Hugh Porter - classy riders all - and how about Malcolm Eliot for sheer longevity? A top european pro with Teka, then a dominant presence in the US for years and now a player in the UK again.
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02 Aug 2009 21:21

Bo Hamburger - Always loved that name.
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02 Aug 2009 21:21

Epicycle wrote:1 Armstrong
2 Lemond
3 Hampsten
4 Leipheimer
5 Hincapie
6 Hamilton
7 Phinney
8 Landis
9 Julich
10 VdV or Zabriskie


I agree on moving Hincapie up.
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02 Aug 2009 21:22

laurentiu46 wrote:You should add Jacques Janse Van Rensburg as a future possible star.:D

And Ryan Cox as one who didn't get to reach his potential.
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02 Aug 2009 21:25

scribe wrote:Bo Hamburger - Always loved that name.


yeah surely gives some Associations

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02 Aug 2009 21:26

I assume we're talking road cyclists here? Otherwise I'd knock a name or two off the U.S. list and replace them with trackies.

Regarding the road cyclists, the lists seem heavy with Grand Tour riders. Which makes sense in most ways. The only wildcard name that jumps out at me as missing is the 1984 gold medalist Grewal. He has nothing else major in his palmares, but a gold medal is worth a lot.
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02 Aug 2009 21:27

Puerto wrote:yeah surely gives some Associations

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If I had a choice, I would have picked Bo Hamburger as my name. For now, I'll have to settle for Bo Regard.
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02 Aug 2009 21:49

I'm from Sweden and here's my top 10.

1 Gösta Pettersson
2 Tommy Prim
3 Sven-Åke Nilsson
4 Magnus Bäckstedt
5 Bernt Johansson
6 Thomas Lövkvist
7 Gustav Larsson
8 Glenn Magnusson
9 Thomas Pettersson
10 Markus Ljungkvist
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Canada....

02 Aug 2009 21:54

I think the Canadian list needs to include Eric Wholberg...a class act, Commonwealth Games gold, Langkwai TT etc etc. As we're talking road cyclists take out Harnett (who, strictly speaking was not a pro). There was also a Canadian who rode the Tour in the 30's. That has to count for something.

Oops...forgot Hugh Walton as well...rode for 7-eleven and Levi's I think.
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02 Aug 2009 22:03

pmcg76 wrote:Ireland, small country(4.5million people) not many cyclists but 2 big, big stars

1.Sean Kelly, No explanations needed
2.Stephen Roche, ditto
3.Shay Elliott, stage winner TDF, yellow jersey wearer TDF, team-mate of Anquteil
4.Martin Earley, TDF, Giro stage winner
5.Dan Martin, current pro, will be very big
6.Nicolas Roche, current pro, Top 25 TDF, Irish Champion
7.Mark Scanlon, former Junior World Champion, Tour finisher
8.Philip Deignan, current Pro, 3 GT finishes
9.Paul Kimmage, 3 TDF participations, 1 Giro participation
10.No clear candidate-
Ciaran Power/Laurence Roche, Conor Henry, David O'Loughlin


Shay O Hanlon, 4 time Ras winner should be included
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02 Aug 2009 22:17

cothercott wrote:1 Tommy Simpson
2 Nicole Cooke
3 Bradley Wiggins
4 Chris Boardman
5 Chris Hoy
6 Beryl Burton
7 Robert Millar
8 Mark Cavendish
9 Barry Hoban
10 Sean Yates

Hon Mention to some great riders that would have done more internationally with the sort of set ups available now: Sid Barras, Dave Lloyd, Les West, Hugh Porter - classy riders all - and how about Malcolm Eliot for sheer longevity? A top european pro with Teka, then a dominant presence in the US for years and now a player in the UK again.


Id have malcolm elliot in that list, the guy is a legend, not sure who to remove though.. toss about between yates, or given that he is still early in his career cav..

im waiting for the aussie list.. :D
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02 Aug 2009 22:20

Good to see a Belgium, French, and Italian list as well.
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02 Aug 2009 22:22

scribe wrote:Good to see a Belgium, French, and Italian list as well.


for french cant we just put the festina team?
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02 Aug 2009 22:27

dimspace wrote:for french cant we just put the festina team?


You can only take 9 of them for that team, as Hinault fits neatly into the #10 slot.
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02 Aug 2009 22:47

What - page 4 and no Australians yet? Here is my list in no particular order of road cyclists:

Sir Hubert Opperman
Phil Anderson
Robbie McEwen
Stuey O'Grady
Cadel Evans
Baden Cooke
Russell Mockridge
Michael Rogers
Anna Wilson
Oenone Wood

The list would be much longer if track cyclists were to be included!
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02 Aug 2009 22:52

A list from down under - but on the right side of the Tasman (figuratively and literally) ... So, since the title doesn't place any particular limits on the list, here's my pick for NZ:

Sarah Ulmer - three world records, world champ and olympic gold in pursuit all in 2004, plus a handy roadie
Brian Fowler - one of the best amateurs who never turned pro - despite what were reported to be some seriously good offers (in light of the "Clinic" threads, maybe he was the smart one??)
Jack Swart - absolute demon rider, could still kick many a **** - and he's in his 60's
Eric Mackenzie - one of the original hard men from down under to race pro in Europe
Julian Dean - ask Thor, Tyler or anyone else who's raced with him
Greg Henderson - former scratch race world champ on the track and a damn good roadie
Hayden Roulsten - another awesome trackie, plus overcome a major heart problem to get back into the pro peleton with Cervelo
Karen Halliday - points race world champ in 1990
Tino Tabak - actually Dutch, but moved to NZ in the early '70's and was a major force in building road racing at that time
Kashi Leuchs - NZ's most successful MTB racer - been a consistent top 10 ranked rider for years

As with any list, that leaves heaps of people out ... I could think of at least another twenty or so riders who could figure ... and I bet most of you didn't think that there were that many riders in NZ, total!! ;)
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02 Aug 2009 22:55

I think the Belgian list will include mostly guys who could be in the Top 20 cyclists ever. I lived in Belgium for a year so gonna be arrogant and do a list for Belgium. Its near impossible so here goes, let the fun begin.

Eddy Merckx
Rik Van Looy
Roger De Vlaeminck
Rik Van Steenbergen
Freddy Maertens
Lucien Van Impe
Johan Museeuw
Claude Criquelion
Walter Planckaert
Tom Boonen

Briek Schotte, Philippe Thys, Eric Leman, Sylvene Maes are others way before my time. We could have a Top 10 Belgian list from the 70s alone and it would beat most other lists.
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02 Aug 2009 22:58

cothercott wrote:1 Tommy Simpson
2 Nicole Cooke
3 Bradley Wiggins
4 Chris Boardman
5 Chris Hoy
6 Beryl Burton
7 Robert Millar
8 Mark Cavendish
9 Barry Hoban
10 Sean Yates

Hon Mention to some great riders that would have done more internationally with the sort of set ups available now: Sid Barras, Dave Lloyd, Les West, Hugh Porter - classy riders all - and how about Malcolm Eliot for sheer longevity? A top european pro with Teka, then a dominant presence in the US for years and now a player in the UK again.


how about the legendary REG Harris?
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02 Aug 2009 22:58

ak-zaaf wrote:ze nezzerlandz

imho:
1. joop zoetemelk
2. jan raas
3. jan janssen
4. hennie kuiper
5. theo middelkamp
6. wim van est
7. steven rooks
8. gerrie knetemann
9. johan van der velde
10. adrie van der poel


You must rate my idol Van Der Poel higher than 10. He was a monster both on the road and in cross, and I believe the only rider to win World Cups in both.
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02 Aug 2009 22:58

bikenrunnwt wrote:Canada:

1) Steve Bauer
2) Micheal Barry
3) Ryder Hesjedal
4) Gord Fraser
5) Svein Tuft
6) Alex Stieda
7) Brian Walton
8) Curt Harnett (Track)
9) Christian Meier (Watch out for him when he gets some more Euro experience in!)
10) Alison Sydor (Best Canadian female cyclist on road and mtb!)



OK Two more Canadians who should be on your list:

Lyne Bessette (dominated the road scene for a long time)
Clara Hughes (Road Bronze TT Bronze same olympics and then speed skating medals)

By the way Sydor rocked on the dirt but was not the equal of the above two ladies on the pavement.
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