Popularity doesn't directly relate to accomplsihments, and especially thread size.Given the stature of the man, it seems curious that this thread doesn't get a commensurate number of posts. Is it because he is less possible than say Contador or Froome were in their primes? Even on the eve of the Tour, it's been quite here over the last couple of days.
There's just no handful of posters talking about every bit of Pog news that comse out. Contadors thread didn't start because of achievement, it started pretty soon after he got banned, and it was originally called "I LOVE ALBERTO". He had a very big pro and anti circlejerk going on.
Who's the most controversial rider now? Evenepoel. And it shows in the thread size.