Top 20 non Europeans maybe at a push.
Hamilton probably would have been, not too many non-Europeans who can top a monument win + Olympic gold + 2nd at the Giro - there are nowhere near 20 non-European monument winners, for starters. Leipheimer probably isn't in a ranking that accurately weights big race wins.Top 20 non Europeans maybe at a push.
The likes of Gerrans, Abduzhaparov, Rogers, Dennis, Goss and Porte would also at least belong in the discussion. Also, if Gaviria's there, then Ewan should definitely be. In the non-clinic-impacted alternate universe discussed originally, someone like Landis is definitely there too, of course.Now, that's an interesting list. Assuming Froome is kept as British then LeMond is a clear number 1, I think. Who else makes the cut?
Definites: LeMond, Evans, Anderson, McEwan, Herrera, Bernal, Quintana,, Carapaz, Hampsten, Vinokourov, (10)
For your consideration: Bauer, Hesjedal, Horner, Uran, Hincapie, Leipheimer, O'Grady, Gaviria, Parra, Alcala, Hayman, Hamilton, Armstrong. Others I have forgotten
I think Hamilton makes the cut. Armstrong does too on the basis of his kept wins.
Esteban Chaves, Santiago BoteroThe likes of Gerrans, Abduzhaparov, Rogers, Dennis, Goss and Porte would also at least belong in the discussion. Also, if Gaviria's there, then Ewan should definitely be. In the non-clinic-impacted alternate universe discussed originally, someone like Landis is definitely there too, of course.
The Tour de Trump would have been bigger than the Tour de France if it wasn´t for that Fake News Giro that was happening at the same time.Well, it's not a major sport in the US. I'm not embarrassed.
It's only since Jacques Boyer that we've had anyone race seriously in Europe. And LA's "issues" basically reset the clock to zero.
Cavendish in the top 20?Last year I promised to update this list once a year. First let's have a look at this year's top 20:
Evenepoel had a dream year and finishes on top. Pogačar and Van Aert performed well throughout the year and leave the Tour winner behind them.
- Evenepoel 150
- Pogačar 124
- Van Aert 71
- Vingegaard 67
- Roglič 48
- Hindley 45
- Van der Poel 44
- Mas 40
- Carapaz 39
- Démare 36
- Van Baarle 35
- Mohorič 30
- Thomas 30
- D. Martínez 30
- Foss 28
- Laporte 27
- Pedersen 23
- Girmay 22
- S. Yates 20
- Cavendish 19
In the next few posts we'll see what impact this has on the all-time ranking, which I've expanded from a top 170 to a top 180.
Yes, that seems surprising, but he takes 19 points by winning Milano–Torino (10), the British championships road race (5) and a Giro stage (4).Cavendish in the top 20?