Top single seasons of all time

Obviously the world of cycling has changed over the decades, and what was possible 50 years ago simply isn't now due to increased competition and specialization. Still, the following seasons come to mind:

2011, Philippe Gilbert - the most dominating season in the UCI Pro Tour/UCI World Tour/UCI World Ranking era. Won 18 races, including Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Strade Bianche, Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, Clásica de San Sebastián, National TT, and National RR.

1987, Stephen Roche - Won the Tour, Giro, World Road Race, Tour de Romandie, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

1972, Eddy Merckx - Take your pick, but the Giro/Tour double, 3 monuments, and the hour record is a season that may never be topped

Feel free to chime in with your picks!
 
By PCS points, Merckx 72 season is untouchable as far as I've seen.

He had 6259 points, and five other seasons above 5,000 points. I haven't found anyone else who had a season > 5,000 points.

Other great years from other riders..

Sean Kelly 86' - 4687 pts
Sean Kelly 85' -- 4900 points
Sean Kelly 84' - 4899 points

Jalabert 95' - 4768

Hinault 79 - 4193
Moser 78 - 4460
Roger De Vlaemink 75' - 4417
 
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1949 Fausto Coppi: Giro, Tour, Milano-Sanremo, Giro di Lombardia and a bunch of other wins.

1972 Eddy Merckx: Giro, Tour, Milano-Sanremo, LBL, Giro di Lombardia and so on.

1977 Freddy Maertens: Vuelta + 12 stages, 7 Giro stages, 6 Paris-Nice stages, Tour of Catalunya + 5 stages, Settimana Catalunya + 4 stages, Dunkirk, more stages in Switzerland and Netherlands, Omloop Het Volk, Trofeo Laiguelia...

1981 Bernard Hinault: Tour + 5 stages, Dauphiné + 4 stages, Critérium International + 3 stages, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race...

1984 Sean Kelly: Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paris-Tours, Paris-Bourges, GP Plouay, Paris-Nice + 2 stages, Critérium International + 3 stages, Bask Country + 3 stages, Catalunya + 4 stages...

1987 Stephen Roche: Giro, Tour, World's, Tour of Romandia, Tour of Valencia.
 
Neither are the greatest ever, but two from 2012 deserve a mention

Wiggins: Paris-Nice, Romandie, Dauphine, Le Tour, Olympic Gold

And Boonen sweeping the cobbles: Gent-Wevelgem, E3, De Ronde and Roubaix (also Qatar, Paris- Brussels, WC TTT)

Although Boonen 2005 tops that: World Champion, Roubaix, De Ronde, E3, Tour of Belgium

Van Vleuten's on one at the moment
 
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