Question Best male rider of the year 2020

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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
At first I'd thought Van Aert. But then then come to think of it, while being 2nd in both worlds + tdf stages + classic + monument is insane.
Roglic wins a monument, was active in the worlds as well, wins a GT and is 2nd in another. + a boat load of stage wins to boot. Roglic just edges it. Sorry Wout.
It's hard to argue with if you go by results, i have to agree. I still voted for van Aert, just because he's been impressive for so long on different parcours and in different roles. Worldclass ITT'er, best "mountain" domestique (along with Dennis, lol), sprinter, puncheur, cobbled specialist, winning a monument and a classic after a career threatening injury, double silver at the worlds, 2 stages in the TDF and one in the Dauphiné...
Considering Roglic won LBL because it basically dropped in his lap, and wasn't overly impressive in the Vuelta and has a lot to thank his team for, i think it's justified to pick van Aert. As a rider, van Aert was more impressive imho. Could be because until Strade, it wasn't clear if he was ever going to come back to his best level. So i decided to not go by results too much, otherwise, it would be a no-brainer to pick Roglic.
 
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With today's win Roglic will clear the 3000 CQ points mark in 2020.
I know CQ is not perfect but I'll list CQ season leaders in the past decade for reference:

2019: Roglic 3235
2018: Valverde 2884
2017: Froome 2727
2016: Sagan 3307
2015: Valverde 2976
2014: Valverde 3152
2013: Nibali 2793
2012: Purito 3118
2011: Gilbert 3180
2010: Nibali 2204

So Roglic will do better than many of them in what was basically a 3 month season for him.
This has to be one of the most incredible points/race days ratio in contemporary cycling. You probably have to go back to Jalabert 1995 to find something better.
 
Lol at people making a points about what if/should/could on other riders, but not Roglic..
I agree, he wouldn't won LBL if.. But he would've won TdF if not for a mutant Pog TT that literally nobody saw coming and probably he won't repeat it himself ever. He would've won Dauphine as well if not for a crash (now I now getting to the finish on your bike is the first step for winning the actual thing, but speaking of if's and nearly misses...). So yeah, Roglic has also his fair share of if's and things in different/normal circumstances but he backed up by results.

Roglic is clearly the best rider of the year and the only one coming close is WVA Results + performance. Domestique in the mountains - check. Top TT - check. Mass sprint - Check. One day races - check.
 
Lol at people making a points about what if/should/could on other riders, but not Roglic..
I agree, he wouldn't won LBL if.. But he would've won TdF if not for a mutant Pog TT that literally nobody saw coming and probably he won't repeat it himself ever. He would've won Dauphine as well if not for a crash (now I now getting to the finish on your bike is the first step for winning the actual thing, but speaking of if's and nearly misses...). So yeah, Roglic has also his fair share of if's and things in different/normal circumstances but he backed up by results.

Roglic is clearly the best rider of the year and the only one coming close is WVA Results + performance. Domestique in the mountains - check. Top TT - check. Mass sprint - Check. One day races - check.
However, Pogacar already won the Slovenian time trial. So I would not say it must be a one hit time trial which he won't repeat.
 
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However, Pogacar already won the Slovenian time trial. So I would not say it must be a one hit time trial which he won't repeat.
That's true, but didn't mean he won't win a TT (even though I doubt he will). And even in that TT he beat Roglic by 9 (?) seconds over 16 km. So him putting 2' or Roglic and destroying a ___/ TT like that is probably something he will never repeat. I mean...even Ganna didn't put a minute on the second guy in the WCTT
 
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Greg Van Avermaet vs Nibali is actually hilarious...
Only Froome was probably ahead of Greg that year, Nibali is at best 5th or 6th best rider that year.
Both won a monument, then it's like 3 lesser classics vs 2 GT podiums and stage wins in GTs. I think it's debatable at the very least.

Van Avermaet over Dumoulin is positively hilarious. Dumoulin even beat GvA on the cobbles in Binckbank Tour.
 
Both won a monument, then it's like 3 lesser classics vs 2 GT podiums and stage wins in GTs. I think it's debatable at the very least.

Van Avermaet over Dumoulin is positively hilarious. Dumoulin even beat GvA on the cobbles in Binckbank Tour.
GVA was undisputed king of the northern classics in 2017. He almost swept them all, won 4 out of 5, Sagan looked almost like a junior beside him. It was a dominance.
Funny how you mention Nibali's podiums, but won't mention Greg's Ronde 2nd place?
Anyway for me 2017 best riders are:
1.Froome
2.Van Avermaet
3.Dumoulin
4-7. Nibali, Valverde, Sagan, Kwiatkowski
 
Just changed my vote from Pogacar to Roglic because he was miles ahead of everyone else results wise. To be fair though it is difficult to vote for someone who's 3 biggest results were the least prestigious GT, flopping in the tour and coming second, and winning a monument when he should have came at best 2cnd
 

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