Rough Attempt at an All-Time Ranking

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Top 20 non Europeans maybe at a push.

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.
 
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.
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.
 
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Last year I promised to update this list once a year. First let's have a look at this year's top 20:
  1. Evenepoel 150
  2. Pogačar 124
  3. Van Aert 71
  4. Vingegaard 67
  5. Roglič 48
  6. Hindley 45
  7. Van der Poel 44
  8. Mas 40
  9. Carapaz 39
  10. Démare 36
  11. Van Baarle 35
  12. Mohorič 30
  13. Thomas 30
  14. D. Martínez 30
  15. Foss 28
  16. Laporte 27
  17. Pedersen 23
  18. Girmay 22
  19. Jakobsen 22
  20. S. Yates 20
[EDITED]

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.

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.
 
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Last year I promised to update this list once a year. First let's have a look at this year's top 20:
  1. Evenepoel 150
  2. Pogačar 124
  3. Van Aert 71
  4. Vingegaard 67
  5. Roglič 48
  6. Hindley 45
  7. Van der Poel 44
  8. Mas 40
  9. Carapaz 39
  10. Démare 36
  11. Van Baarle 35
  12. Mohorič 30
  13. Thomas 30
  14. D. Martínez 30
  15. Foss 28
  16. Laporte 27
  17. Pedersen 23
  18. Girmay 22
  19. S. Yates 20
  20. Cavendish 19
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.

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.
Cavendish in the top 20?
 
Cavendish in the top 20?
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).

EDIT: Thanks to your remark I just discovered my first mistake. Fabio Jakobsen takes 22 points (instead of 17) and thus knocks Cavendish out of the top 20. I'll edit the post above.
 
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Here are the numbers 180 to 151. Mathieu van der Poel knocks himself into the top 180 of all times. Remember that this is for road cycling only. Riders who were still active in 2022 are bolded.

180 Marino Basso 153
179 Giovanni Valetti 154
178 Daniel Martin 154
177 Mathieu van der Poel 154
176 Roger Lapébie 154
175 Roger Pingeon 154
174 André Greipel 155
173 Edvald Boasson Hagen 156
172 Robert Millar 156
171 Rigoberto Urán 158
170 Steven Rooks 158
169 Louis Trousselier 158
168 Jo de Roo 159
167 Andrea Tafi 160
166 Tom Steels 161
165 Maurice De Waele 161
164 Guido Reybrouck 165
163 Rui Costa 166
162 Egan Bernal 167

161 Erik Breukink 168
160 Frank Vandenbroucke 168
159 Italo Zilioli 170
158 Ercole Baldini 171
157 Andy Schleck 171
156 Joaquim Agostinho 172
155 Jakob Fuglsang 174
154 Ottavio Bottecchia 175
153 John Degenkolb 177
152 Mariano Cañardo 180
151 Peter Van Petegem 180
 
In the next section we get the youngest rider in the list. At the tender age of twenty-two Remco Evenepoel enters at #108. Three riders from Ineos gain places too: Kwiatkowski, Thomas and Carapaz.

150 Frans Verbeeck 181
149 Maurizio Fondriest 182
148 Andrei Tchmil 186
147 Georges Speicher 186
146 Jean Alavoine 189
145 José Manuel Fuente 189
144 Guido Bontempi 193
143 Giuseppe Olmo 194
142 Georges Ronsse 194
141 Giovanni Battaglin 195
140 Eddy Planckaert 195
139 Heiri Suter 195
138 Carlos Sastre 195
137 Pavel Tonkov 196
136 Arnaud Démare 197
135 Miguel María Lasa 198
134 Luis Herrera 198
133 Richard Carapaz 199
132 Richard Virenque 200
131 Claude Criquielion 200
130 Michele Dancelli 201
129 Sylvère Maes 201
128 Stefano Garzelli 202
127 Denis Menchov 203
126 Lucien Petit-Breton 203
125 Thor Hushovd 206
124 Robbie McEwen 208
123 Gerrie Knetemann 208
122 Geraint Thomas 208
121 Adrie van der Poel 211
120 Tom Dumoulin 213
119 Marcel Kint 214
118 Octave Lapize 215
117 Gastone Nencini 218
116 Alexander Kristoff 222
115 Raymond Impanis 224
114 Dietrich Thurau 226
113 Delio Rodríguez 226
112 Greg Van Avermaet 227
111 Pascal Richard 227
110 Miguel Poblet 229
109 Ivan Basso 230
108 Remco Evenepoel 230
107 Michał Kwiatkowski 232

106 Jean Stablinski 232
105 Marco Pantani 233
104 Francesco Casagrande 234
103 Danilo Di Luca 234
102 Samuel Sánchez 237
101 Michel Pollentier 239
 
Next up are the numbers 100 to 51. Eye-catcher here is Wout Van Aert, who jumps from #117 to #79. Only three riders in this section are bolded, and one of them is fifty-one years old. Number 51 is Herman Vanspringel, who died on August 25th.

100 Eric Vanderaerden 242
99 Julián Berrendero 242
98 Federico Bahamontes 244
97 Rolf Sørensen 245
96 Damiano Cunego 251
95 Stan Ockers 251
94 Lucien Van Impe 251
93 Marino Lejarreta 253
92 Gilberto Simoni 253
91 Phil Anderson 260
90 Gianni Motta 264
89 Nino Defilippis 266
88 Tony Martin 266
87 Fred De Bruyne 270
86 André Darrigade 271
85 Davide Rebellin 276
84 Gianbattista Baronchelli 277
83 Bradley Wiggins 279
82 Philippe Thys 280
81 Gustave Garrigou 284
80 Briek Schotte 285
79 Wout Van Aert 286
78 Roberto Heras 289
77 Hennie Kuiper 296
76 Bernard Thévenet 297
75 Cadel Evans 299
74 Alessandro Petacchi 305
73 Julian Alaphilippe 305
72 Rudi Altig 307
71 Vittorio Adorni 307
70 François Faber 307
69 Abraham Olano 308
68 André Leducq 308
67 Pedro Delgado 312
66 Stephen Roche 314
65 Antonin Magne 315
64 Claudio Chiappucci 321
63 Giovanni Brunero 322
62 Charly Mottet 328
61 Hugo Koblet 329
60 Gaetano Belloni 334
59 Walter Godefroot 336
58 Jan Janssen 336
57 Henri Pélissier 337
56 Michele Bartoli 339
55 Charly Gaul 340
54 Alexander Vinokourov 360
53 Oscar Freire 366
52 Nicolas Frantz 376
51 Herman Vanspringel 378
 
And here's the updated top 50, also known as the Slovenian section. Pogačar jumps from #67 to #39; Roglič from #37 to #28. They're among the big boys now. Valverde, Nibali and Gilbert will be bolded for the last time. Eddy Merckx remains the only rider who scores higher than his year of birth.

50 Joaquim Rodríguez 383
49 Alex Zülle 383
48 Nairo Quintana 388
47 Laurent Fignon 398
46 Greg LeMond 407
45 Mark Cavendish 415
44 Moreno Argentin 415
43 Jan Ullrich 423
42 Gianni Bugno 425
41 Jan Raas 426
40 Luis Ocaña 433
39 Tadej Pogačar 434
38 Raymond Poulidor 435
37 Mario Cipollini 436
36 Paolo Bettini 436
35 Johan Museeuw 451
34 Franco Bitossi 458
33 Philippe Gilbert 464
32 Erik Zabel 467
31 Ferdi Kübler 469
30 Fiorenzo Magni 479
29 Learco Guerra 482
28 Primož Roglič 483
27 Rik Van Steenbergen 486
26 Peter Sagan 520
25 Tom Boonen 525
24 Vincenzo Nibali 584
23 Alberto Contador 599
22 Louison Bobet 599
21 Tony Rominger 600
20 Freddy Maertens 603
19 Giuseppe Saronni 605
18 Chris Froome 616
17 Laurent Jalabert 628
16 Joop Zoetemelk 657
15 Fabian Cancellara 671
14 Costante Girardengo 679
13 Rik Van Looy 706
12 Miguel Induráin 733
11 Felice Gimondi 774
10 Alfredo Binda 791
9 Francesco Moser 843
8 Roger De Vlaeminck 877
7 Alejandro Valverde 937
6 Sean Kelly 967
5 Gino Bartali 989
4 Fausto Coppi 1014
3 Jacques Anquetil 1029
2 Bernard Hinault 1218
1 Eddy Merckx 1977
 
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