Question Best male rider of the year 2020

Who was the best male rider of the 2020 season?

  • Julian Alaphilippe

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Remco Evenepoel

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Jakob Fuglsang

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tao Geoghegan Hart

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Marc Hirschi

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Tadej Pogacar

    Votes: 15 8.9%
  • Primoz Roglic

    Votes: 108 64.3%
  • Wout Van Aert

    Votes: 34 20.2%
  • Mathieu van der Poel

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 2.4%

  • Total voters
    168
Simple question. And I think I know who is going to win this. I also think it was fairly easy to select the nine candidates, however I couldn't find a worthy number 10. Feel free to vote and comment if you think someone is missing from the poll.
 
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Although I supported his main rivals at GTs this year I have to say Roglic. Big credit to him for shaking off this devastating Tour defeat and winning the Vuelta and LBL.
I'm a bit disappointed that Pogacar ended his season earlier and didn't take part in the Vuelta (unlike many Tour riders). Had he placed on the podium there I would probably choose him (as the Tour winner) but it wasn't the case.
 
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There are really only two contenders for this, the two guys who each won two of the biggest nine races. I don’t see how anyone else can be in the conversation, unless you just rate the Tour so highly that the winner is always the rider of the year, but then it seems a bit pointless to have a rider of the year.
 
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There are really only two contenders for this, the two guys who each won two of the biggest nine races. I don’t see how anyone else can be in the conversation, unless you just rate the Tour so highly that the winner is always the rider of the year, but then it seems a bit pointless to have a rider of the year.
I don't follow. Roglic was the only one to win two of the biggest races (Grand Tours, monuments, WC).
 
By that logic (who I thought was your friend) you could exclude a lot of riders and only have Alaphilippe, Pogacar, Roglic and Van Aert left.
That's not true at all. Evenepoel was dominant before and after the corona break, in 4 one week stage races both uphill and against the clock, over a period of 7 months.
Ganna became WCC on the track in February, and ITT on the road half a year later. And then he smashed the Giro yet a month later.
Hirschi was also great over a much longer period and on many more occasions.
 
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That's not true at all. Evenepoel was dominant before and after the corona break, in 4 one week stage races both uphill and against the clock, over a period of 7 months.
Ganna became WCC on the track in February, and ITT on the road half a year later. And then he smashed the Giro yet a month later.
Hirschi was also great over a much longer period and on many more occasions.
And van der Poel didn't obliterate the cross scene in January (if we're gonna bring other disciplines into this)?

I'll admit I hadn't thought of Ganna but no way is van der Poel's spot undeserved, are you kidding me?
 
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Roglic and it's not really close for me.
A two GT podiums + Monument win season hadn't happened in a long long time. You have to wonder how his season would have looked like without COVID and the Dauphine crash.
It happened in 2017 with Nibali ( 3rd in Giro, 2nd in Vuelta, 1st in Lombardia ) though Roglic converted one of the GT podiums to win.
 
That's not true at all. Evenepoel was dominant before and after the corona break, in 4 one week stage races both uphill and against the clock, over a period of 7 months.
Ganna became WCC on the track in February, and ITT on the road half a year later. And then he smashed the Giro yet a month later.
Hirschi was also great over a much longer period and on many more occasions.
And despite all that Van Der Poel had a better season than all of them..
 
And van der Poel didn't obliterate the cross scene in January (if we're gonna bring other disciplines into this)?

I'll admit I hadn't thought of Ganna but no way is van der Poel's spot undeserved, are you kidding me?
No, i'm completely serious. Ganna's road season had already started before his WCC on the track, but even if you don't care about that, then he was still much more dominant over a longer period. Mathieu had 2 great wins, in two weeks time, and other than that his road season was mostly underwhelming. Not enough to be considered rider of the year, in my book.
 

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