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Who is the best descender (modern time) ?

Who is the best descender (modern time) ?

  • Tom Pidcock

    Votes: 27 26.7%
  • Jonas Vingegaard

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Chris Froome

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Richard Virenque

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Paolo Savoldelli

    Votes: 27 26.7%
  • Mathieu vd Poel

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Matej Mohorič

    Votes: 25 24.8%
  • other

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Nibali

    Votes: 8 7.9%
  • Sagan

    Votes: 5 5.0%

  • Total voters
    101
Tbh I find the "sprinters go fastest downhill" to be an absolutely boring way to have this discussion cause it doesn't impact races at all, they're never descending to drop each other, and they probably do an ungodly amount of car drafting and other ***. Seen too many Strava files where a grupetto riders suddenly goes 70kph on a false flat uphill making you think "what is there a descent in this climb" but naaaah
 
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Only one of these people's descending was so good that it won him two GTs in which he definitely wasn't the strongest climber in the race. Only one of these people routinely put minutes into all the other GC riders when everyone was going all out. And somehow, he isn't even winning the poll.

Also think the 'we never see the best descenders because they're in the grupetto' talk is severely overstated. Even in races where the heavier guys can do something on camera on the descents (from the break in a transitional stage, Sanremo when it was a sprinter's race, and so on), it's usually the familiar names nuking the descents.
 
Only one of these people's descending was so good that it won him two GTs in which he definitely wasn't the strongest climber in the race. Only one of these people routinely put minutes into all the other GC riders when everyone was going all out. And somehow, he isn't even winning the poll.

Also think the 'we never see the best descenders because they're in the grupetto' talk is severely overstated. Even in races where the heavier guys can do something on camera on the descents (from the break in a transitional stage, Sanremo when it was a sprinter's race, and so on), it's usually the familiar names nuking the descents.
Tbh both Igor Anton and Steven Kruijswijk crashed on descents...

Tbh I've never watched Savoldellis descents
 
GC riders are very overrated when we are talking about descending. Best descenders are normally in the gruppetto where they have to recover huge chuncks of time in descents to compensate all losses when they are climbing. But unfortunately we never see this because we don't see the gruppetto in mountain stages
 
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Savoldelli and Mohoric are probably the two best downhill specialist I've watched (since late 90s).

Sagan on his prime was excellent as well. He was such a great bikehandler. I recall the stage to Gap, with the classic downhill to the finish, it was 2015 or 2016 - He dropped Jarlinson Pantano, who was a good descender on his own, like a stone. That prime Sagan was something else.
 
Savoldelli and Mohoric are probably the two best downhill specialist I've watched (since late 90s).

Sagan on his prime was excellent as well. He was such a great bikehandler. I recall the stage to Gap, with the classic downhill to the finish, it was 2015 or 2016 - He dropped Jarlinson Pantano, who was a good descender on his own, like a stone. That prime Sagan was something else.
Sagan won the worlds at Richmond with an amazing descent.