Well, I think people needed to be sure I was talking about good 'ole Axel.The Hitch said:This is not a sport where the title of GOAT is up for any discussion.
I didnt think we needed to name any names and that it was best left unsaid, but apparently Moondance feels otherwise
I won't even vote. Of course it's Merkx. Wouldn't it be more more interesting to have a poll on who is second best?Monte Zoncolon said:Here is a list of Ten Cyclists. All of whom have made a huge impact, in this great
and extremely demanding Sport. Who really was the greatest of them all.
Remember this is a doping free discussion forum
you know the history of cycling.ultimobici said:Bartali, Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx & Hinault are the only ones who should be on the short list.
Numerically, Merckx has to take it, but Coppi had a world war interrupt his career so we'll never know. Hinault isn't far behind Merckx in what he won but loses out on sheer volume.
The rest - They all have some sort of shortcoming. Either a lack of GT's ot Monuments, or they are too one-dimensional.
Lemond only won the Tour and as Hitch said no classics. Kelly was predominanly a classics man, points winner & shorter stage race winner. His Vuelta is from when a sprinter could win it. Indurain & Armstrong were only really interested in the Tour, with anything else being a bonus. Gimondi was unfortunate to turn pro in the same year as Merckx, hence his less full palmares.
If you stick with 10 to choose from there are a few that should be in over some of the five here. Maertens & De Vlaeminck come to mind immediately.
...is there really any choice ?...Eddy by a long shot...and I believe I should be a very close second because of my much more mostest absolutely unparalleled athletic potential...I know in my heart that the French would understand once they saw the factoids....Big Doopie said:merckx, no doubt.
a poll taken in france in 1999 had lemond second actually (and amazingly). i think lemond benefits from what many people think was his perhaps unparalleled athletic potential. a potential not fully realized in results due to hinault in 1985, the hunting accident which probably robbed him of his two best years and...(clinic talk). he also won the dauphine and it is wrong to say he just was a tour rider as he also won the super prestige (which rewarded the best rider for the entire season's results (1983).
however, hinault is second -- winning multiple tours, giros, a vuelta, the worlds and lots of classics.
i would like ocana to be on the list however -- on pure talent. no one else put 8 minutes into merckx when he was at his best...
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