all sports go through different eras. i also don't agree with the merckx best ever story and stuff like that. but he was the best of his era just like coppi was the best of his era and hinault of his era.c&cfan said:but they weren't riding in a professional way like they are now (specialized). that's why i think that cav, valv, conta, cancellara, bonnen, bettini are all better cyclists than merckx for example.
and i can't believe in the merckx the best ever. maybe the dirtiest ever.
ofc ever since specialization hit the sport it has become a lot hard to choose the best but we can always say best classics rider or best GT rider best sprinter best overall. and if some1 wants to choose 1 guy as the best its just his opinion we have our right to disagree and have our own.