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Just a few minor changes here (% of podiums for Froome, Valverde and Nibali decrease after Giro and Vuelta)

Jacques Anquetil - 13/16 partecipations - 81% of podiums - 8 wins

Bernard Hinault - 12/13 - 92% - 10 wins
Eddie Merckx - 12/16 - 75% - 11 wins
Felice Gimondi - 12/20 - 60% - 5 wins

Christopher Froome - 11/18 - 61% - 7 wins
Vincenzo Nibali - 11/23 - 48% - 4 wins

Raymond Poulidor - 10/18 - 55% - 1 win
Gino Bartali - 10/22 - 45% - 5 wins

Fausto Coppi - 9/17 - 53% - 7 wins
Miguel Indurain - 9/23 - 39% - 7 wins
Alejandro Valverde - 9/28 - 32% - 1 win

Joop Zoetemelk - 8/18 - 44% - 2 wins
Pedro Delgado - 8/24 - 33% - 3 wins

Jan Ullrich - 7/12 - 58% - 2 wins
Alberto Contador - 7/14 - 50% - 7 wins
Charly Gaul - 7/14 - 50% - 3 wins
Roberto Heras - 7/16 - 44% - 4 wins
Gilberto Simoni - 7/25 - 28% - 2 wins

Gustave Garrigou - 6/8 - 75% - 1 win
Giovanni Brunero - 6/9 - 66% - 3 wins
Alfredo Binda - 6/11 - 55% - 5 wins
Nairo Quintana - 6/15 - 40% - 2 wins
Francesco Moser - 6/14 - 43% - 1 win
Greg LeMond - 6/16 - 37% - 3 wins
Luis Ocana - 6/16 - 37% - 2 wins
Tony Rominger - 6/18 - 33% - 4 wins
Laurent Fignon - 6/18 - 33% - 3 wins
Claudio Chiappucci - 6/20 - 30% - no wins
Carlos Sastre - 6/26 - 23% - 1 win


Primoz Roglic is coming! 4 consecutive GT podiums for the ex ski-jumper.
I have a feeling he'll be in this list by the end of 2021.
 
The record of Bernard Hinault is insanely good. Can anyone explain why he only competed in 13 Grand Tours when he was so dominant when competing in them.
Because the racing was much harder back then. Some riders possibly never reached their top level after competing in two GTs in the same year at too young and age. Fignon and Breukink are two examples.

And Hinault struggled with knee problems in his career due to the gearing he had, which costed him at least a TdF win.
 
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The record of Bernard Hinault is insanely good. Can anyone explain why he only competed in 13 Grand Tours when he was so dominant when competing in them.
He only raced GTs that he knew he could win? He had been a pro for 3 years, and had won the Dauphiné and Liege, before entering his 1st GT as a team leader. He never had to serve an “apprenticeship” under another leader in GTs the way Lemond, Fignon, Indurain did.

He retired on his 32nd birthday, an age when Froome was only getting going.

In 9 years of riding GTs, he never rode 2 GTs in a season, 2 years in a row. That was probably not by design, he surely wanted to ride the 83 Tour after winning the Vuelta, but injury kept him out (and opened the door for Fignon).
 
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Incredible podium efficiency by Hinault. I didn't know that Anquetil was #1 in this stat. Also amazing numbers by Froome and Nibali, I didn't realize that they gapped Contador so much here. For the latter it was all about winning though and he also was stripped of 2 wins. Poga is 2/2 so he's on a good way to beat both Anquetil and Hinault :cool:
 
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Incredible podium efficiency by Hinault. I didn't know that Anquetil was #1 in this stat. Also amazing numbers by Froome and Nibali, I didn't realize that they gapped Contador so much here. For the latter it was all about winning though and he also was stripped of 2 wins. Poga is 2/2 so he's on a good way to beat both Anquetil and Hinault :cool:
Podiums mean nothing to Alberto!

Contador's results were Hinault-esque up to 2012; 9 GT starts, and wore the leaders jersey at the end of 7 (2 later stripped). The exceptions being when he rode for Heras as a 22 year old in 2005, and when he lost time in 2011 and just set off on mad attacks and ended up 5th (also later stripped).
 
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Podiums mean nothing to Alberto!

Contador's results were Hinault-esque up to 2012; 9 GT starts, and wore the leaders jersey at the end of 7 (2 later stripped). The exceptions being when he rode for Heras as a 22 year old in 2005, and when he lost time in 2011 and just set off on mad attacks and ended up 5th (also later stripped).
More importantly Contador won 9 GTs in 18 attempts on the road, that's a great record. I don't think anybody else in the past 35 years has a 50% winning record. Even Lance is stuck at 47%.
 
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Gustave Garrigou - 6/8 - 75% - 1 win

1 win is pretty brutal, the Andy Shleck of his time
Not really. There was only the Tour in his time, pre-WWI. The riders he finished behind (Lapize, Petit-Breton, Thys, Pelissier) were all there or thereabouts in other years, so it sounds like it was just a competitive field.

He also won Lombardia and MSR, and I'm sure Paris-Amiens was probably a big deal back in those days as well.
 
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