Who had the best season in the last 20 years?

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Who had the best season in the last 20 years?

  • Gilbert 2011

    Votes: 47 46.1%
  • Cipollini 2002

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Cavendish 2009

    Votes: 5 4.9%
  • Pantani 1998

    Votes: 26 25.5%
  • Cancellara 2008

    Votes: 3 2.9%
  • Boonen 2005

    Votes: 6 5.9%
  • Petacchi 2003 or 2004

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Contador 2008

    Votes: 8 7.8%
  • Zabel 2001

    Votes: 4 3.9%

  • Total voters
    102
It's going to take a maths lecturer to spell this out for you all: it's the last 20 years from 2017 backwards. You can't willy nilly pick random years like 2021 outside that range.
Otherwise I'd pick my comrade Stephen Roche (1987) - beat that.
It’s always going to be a rolling target, no matter when you set the poll.

And there’s always going to be discussion around the outside of the lines.

I like Coppi ‘49. Giro/Tour double, MSR and Lombardia, bronze at Worlds, and just gifted (a share of) Roubaix to his brother. As a further flex, he went back and won Roubaix himself the year after.
 
This is how I rank the best year performances 2002-2021:
some interesting picks.
I always thought that guys like Wiggins and Froome had short seasons with few races.
The numbers show that, indeed, Wiggins 2012 didn't race much. Froome 2016 also had a very short season.
Pogacar actually also doesn't have that many racing kms but what he did, he did extremely well.
Guys like Adam Hansen rode from the beginning of janurary to half October, with around 15000K (and sometimes over 16000K) in races.
Contador 2010 comes close (in kilometers).
  1. Pogacar 2021 9408 km in 60 days. PCS points: 3214 21.02-09.10
  2. Wiggins 2012 8786 km in 59 days. PCS points: 2388 15.02-24.09
  3. Sagan 2016 11837 km in 73 days. PCS points: 3315 18.01-16.10
  4. Roglic 2020 8151 km in 50 days. PCS points: 2431 21.06-08.11
  5. Cipollini 2002 8423 km in 51 days. PCS points: 1939 13.02-13.10
  6. Gilbert 2011 12656 km in 75 days. PCS points: 3031 06.02-15.10
  7. Roglic 2021 8529 km in 52 days. PCS points: 2564 07.03-09.10
  8. Cancellara 2008 11502 km in 71 days. PCS points: 1915 17.02-20.09
  9. Contador 2008 10459 km in 70 days. PCS points: 2113 11.02-28.09
  10. Boonen 2005 12396 km in 72 days. PCS points: 2149 29.01-25.09
  11. Roglic 2019 10628 km in 69 days. PCS points: 2737 24.02-20.10
  12. Froome 2013 9296 km in 62 days. PCS points: 2415 11.02-29.09
  13. Froome 2016 11142 km in 72 days. PCS points: 2318 03.02-11.09
  14. Cunego 2004 12799 km in 77 days. PCS points: 2004 08.02-24.10
  15. Cancellara 2010 14016 km in 87 days. PCS points: 1506 07.02-03.10
 
God mode was over by the time he started Lombardia, and iirc he showed nothing extraordinary in Copenhagen. Compare his season to Sagan's, who had a far weaker team than Gilbert and faced far better competition. The only thing in Gilbert's favour is wins in *** small races, and that he didn't have Sagan's misfortune (MSR). Sagan was a beast from Omloop to Doha, including a far more impressive Tour.
Sagan in 2016 didn't give Gilbert's 2011 dominant vibes, he was also starting to put on weight to win more bunch sprints so his climbing level was already fading compared to previous years, 2013 and 2015 are Sagan's most impressive years.
 
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