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Top 100 Cyclists of the Modern Era (end of year update, 2010)

Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 09:30AM by Registered CommenterFitTechEric at VeloFit Revolution in | Comments7 Comments | References1 Reference

I’m going to go ahead and publish the rankings for Top Cyclists of the Modern Era through the end the 2010 season now that the final point scoring race, the Giro di Lombardia, is in the books. I’d have preferred to wait until both Contador’s and Petacchi’s ongoing doping investigations run their course, but that could take months (years?).  Anyway, I have a feeling I’ll be revising the rankings, and removing some points from both “El Pistolero” and “Ale-Jet” when the dust finally settles, but enough of that unpleasantness, on with the show. 

How the points are determined and cyclists are ranked 

Maybe you’re a new visitor, or perhaps a refresher is needed, so here is a quick summary of this project/ranking system (click here if you want to view the complete archives): 

  1. Cyclists were assigned initial points based on victories in the important races on the calendar. Points were awarded to podium places, but only for the World Championship Road Race and Grand Tours.  A cyclist’s initial points serve as their “raw score.” (Click here for a complete list of races/points, Scoring, Part 1)
  2. Adjustments to a cyclist’s initial points (raw score) were given based on Significant Lifetime Achievements, certain race records, and years lost to injury, war, and illness (click here for a complete list of adjustments/points, Scoring, Part 2).
  3. Raw scores and adjustments were added together for the final total assigned points, and cyclists were then issued a numerical rank. In the event of a tie in total points, the rider with the higher raw score was ranked higher. In the event of both a tie in points and raw score, the cyclist with the higher number of total career road victories was ranked highest. 

Introducing the Top 100 

As this project nears its three year anniversary, the rankings have finally been expanded to include the Top 100 Cyclists of the Modern Era.  This is long overdue, and the additional research required to pull this off uncovered some glaring omissions from prior lists, most notably that of two-time Tour winner Bernard Thevenet (#48), and Delio Rodriguez (#54), the all-time record holder for stage wins at the Vuelta.

In addition to the two mentioned above, there are obviously a bunch of new cyclists added to the list – 34 to be exact.  Since some of these competed long ago, and weren’t necessarily the superstar riders of their time, even hardcore fans may discover a new name or two.  I’ve added home countries, the years in which they competed, and their total number of career road victories, which should help you get familiar with some of these great, often overlooked, champions of the past. 

There are now a much larger group of cyclists who share the same point totals.  It’s also worth mentioning that the final 25 spots are only separated by a spread of 5.5 points; a single victory in a semi-classic, or a stage win in a Grand Tour, could have moved someone up by 5-7 spots.  Many of the final positions were often determined by the ultimate tie breaker – the rider with the higher number of total career road victories.

Although I had already calculated many active riders’ point totals, the following now have an official rank, and join the Top 100: Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, and Denis Menchov.  Other current cyclists who don't yet have a rank, but have been assigned points, can be found at the bottom of the list.

 The Top 100 Cyclists of the Modern Era  

        The Top 25                                        Points     Raw Score      Country     Road Wins  Yrs. Active

1.     Eddy Merckx 410.5 290.5          Belgium 445       65-78
2.     Bernard Hinault 232.5 165.5          France 215       75-86
3.     Fausto Coppi 219.5 144.5          Italy 149       39-59
4.     Gino Bartali 213.0 144.5          Italy 91       35-54
5.     Jacques Anquetil 184.0 157.0          France 184       54-69
6.     Rik Van Looy 152.0 107.0          Belgium 365       53-70
7.     Sean Kelly 146.5 126.5          Ireland 194       77-94
8.     Roger De Vlaeminck 139.5 100.5          Belgium 257       69-84
9.     Francesco Moser 131.5 111.5          Italy 194       73-88
10.   Lance Armstrong 116.5 93.5          USA 91       92-present
11.   Felice Gimondi 114.0 92.0          Italy 63       65-79
12.   Louison Bobet 109.5 87.5          France 122       47-61
13.   Miguel Indurain 98.0 98.0          Spain 132       84-96
14.   Freddy Maertens 97.5 87.5          Belgium 142       72-85
15.   Ferdi Kubler 96.0 68.0          Switzerland 65       40-57
16.   Joop Zoetemelk 91.5 81.5          Netherlands 214       70-87
17.   Tony Rominger 89.5 85.5          Switzerland 115       86-97
18.   Laurent Jalabert 88.5 78.5          France 176       89-02
19.   Fiorenzo Magni 87.0 63.0          Italy 47       41-56
20.   Giuseppe Saronni 83.0 83.0          Italy 129       77-89
21.   Erik Zabel 82.0 62.0          Germany 211       92-08
22.   Rik Van Steenbergen 73.5 62.5          Belgium 105       43-66
23.   Raymond Poulidor 69.0 69.0          France 189       60-77
24.   Alberto Contador 65.0 53.0          Spain 58       03-present
25.   Jan Janssen 65.0 53.0          Netherlands 57       62-72

               

        Cyclists 26-50                                   Points     Raw Score      Country      Road Wins  Yrs. Active

26.   Greg LeMond 65.0 52.0          USA 42       81-94
27.   Mario Cipollini 63.5 53.5          Italy 191       89-05
28.   Luis Ocana 59.5 59.5          Spain 118       68-77
29.   Laurent Fignon 58.5 58.5          France 81       82-93
30.   Franco Bitossi 56.0 56.0          Italy 90       61-78
31.   Federico Bahamontes 55.5 45.5          Spain 74       54-65
32.   Johan Museeuw 54.0 54.0          Belgium 104       88-04
33.   Paolo Bettini 54.0 54.0          Italy 63       97-08
34.   Charly Gaul 53.5 53.5          Luxembourg 52       53-65
35.   Jan Ullrich 53.0 53.0          Germany 65       94-06
36.   Jan Raas 51.0 51.0          Netherlands 115       75-85
37.   Lucien Van Impe 50.0 40.0          Belgium 65       69-87
38.   Moreno Argentin 48.5 48.5          Italy 86       80-94
39.   Stephen Roche 48.5 48.5          Ireland 58       81-93
40.   Hugo Koblet 48.0 48.0          Switzerland 70       46-58
41.   Claudio Chiapucci 48.0 48.0          Italy 58       85-98
42.   Gianni Bugno 47.5 47.5          Italy 76       85-98
43.   Alberic Schotte 46.5 37.5          Belgium 31       40-59
44.   Alessandro Petacchi 46.5 36.5          Italy 159       96-present
45.   Alex Zulle 46.0 46.0          Switzerland 68       91-04
46.   Oscar Freire 44.5 40.5          Spain 81       98-present
47.   Michele Bartoli 44.0 44.0          Italy 57       93-04
48.   Bernard Thevenet 43.0 43.0          France 100       70-81
49.   Walter Godefroot 42.5 42.5          Belgium 152       65-79
50.   Tom Boonen 42.0 42.0          Belgium 108       02-present

 

        Cyclists 51-75                                   Points     Raw Score      Country      Road Wins  Yrs. Active

51.   Herman Van Springel 41.5 41.5          Belgium 138       65-81
52.   Charly Mottet 41.0 41.0          France 67       83-94
53.   Alejandro Valverde 40.0 40.0          Spain 73       02-present
54.   Delio Rodriguez Barros 38.5 28.5          Spain 138       39-49
55.   Fabian Cancellara 37.5 37.5          Switzerland  72       01-present
56.   Stan Ockers 37.5 31.5          Belgium 22       41-56
57.   Fred De Bruyne 37.0 37.0          Belgium 25       53-61
58.   Vittorio Adorni 36.5 36.5          Italy 62       61-70
59.   Alexandre Vinokourov 35.0 35.0          Kazakhstan 65       98-present
60.   Pedro Delgado 34.5 34.5          Spain 49       82-94
61.   Danilo Di Luca 34.0 34.0          Italy 65       98-present
62.   Jose Manuel Fuente 32.5 32.5          Spain 26       70-76
63.   Hennie Kuiper 31.5 31.5          Netherlands 81       73-88
64.   Andre Darrigade 31.0 31.0          France 124       51-66
65.   Marco Pantani 31.0 31.0          Italy 35       93-03
66.   Gianni Motta 30.5 30.5          Italy 92       64-74
67.   Rudi Altig 30.0 30.0          Germany 47       60-71
68.   Gilberto Simoni 30.0 30.0          Italy 39       94-10
69.   Gianbattista Baronchelli 29.5 29.5          Italy 75       74-89
70.   Gerrie Knetemann 29.0 29.0          Netherlands 130       74-89
71.   Jean Stablinski 28.5 28.5          France 105       53-68
72.   Robbie McEwen 28.0 28.0          Australia 199       96-present
73.   Michel Pollentier 28.0 28.0          Belgium 83       73-84
74.   Ercole Baldini 28.0 28.0          Italy 67       57-64
75.   Roberto Heras 28.0 24.0          Spain 25       95-05

 

      Cyclists 76-100                                  Points     Raw Score      Country       Road Wins  Yrs. Active

76.   Pascal Richard 27.0 27.0          Switzerland 68       86-00
77.   Nino Defilippis 27.0 27.0          Italy 60       52-64
78.   Richard Virenque 27.0 27.0          France 46       91-04
79.   Abraham Olano 26.5 26.5          Spain 63       92-02
80,   Davide Rebellin 26.0 26.0          Italy 53       92-present
81.   Francesco Casagrande 26.0 26.0          Italy 49       93-05
82.   Damiano Cunego 26.0 26.0          Italy 44       02-present
83.   Guido Bontempi 25.0 25.0          Italy 78       81-95
84.   Claude Criquielion 25.0 25.0          Belgium 57       79-91
85.   Ivan Basso  25.0 25.0          Italy 46       99-present
86.   Cadel Evans 25.0 25.0          Australia 26       99-present
87.   Phil Anderson 24.5 24.5          Australia 86       80-94
88.   Marino Lejarreta 24.5 24.5          Spain 63       79-92
89.   Adri van der Poel 24.5 24.5          Netherlands 102       81-00
90.   Denis Menchov 24.5 24.5          Russia 20       00-present
91.   Marino Basso 24.0 24.0          Italy 71       66-78
92.   Julian Berrendero 24.0 24.0          Spain 50       35-49
93.   Franco Balmamion 24.0 24.0          Italy 16       61-72
94.   Dietrich Thurau 23.5 23.5          Germany 82       75-88
95.   Miguel Poblet 23.5 23.5          Spain 62       44-62
96.   Rolf Sorensen 23.5 23.5          Denmark 56       86-02
97.   Raymond Impanis 23.5 23.5          Belgium 24       47-63
98.   Stefano Garzelli 23.5 23.5          Italy 34       97-present
99.   Johan Van der Velde 23.0 23.0          Netherlands 68       78-90
100. Pavel Tonkov 23.0 23.0          Russia 36       92-05

 

       Just missed the cutoff                        Points     Raw Score      Country       Road Wins  Yrs. Active

101. Julio Jimenez Munoz 23.0 23.0          Spain 34       59-69
102. Eric Vanderaerden 22.5 22.5          Belgium 138       83-96
103. Eddy Plankaert 22.5 22.5          Belgium 103       80-91
104. Gastone Nencini 22.5 22.5          Italy 23       53-65
105. Carlos Sastre 22.5 22.5          Spain 13       97-present
106. Michele Dancelli 22.0 22.0          Italy 80       63-74
107. Jo de Roo 22.0 22.0          Netherlands 50       58-68
108. Roger Pingeon 22.0 22.0          France 15       65-74
109. Luis Herrera 21.5 21.5          Colombia 30       85-92
110. Paolo Salvodelli 21.5 21.5          Italy 22       96-08
111. Domingo Perurena 21.0 21.0          Spain 141       66-79
112. Maurizio Fondriest 21.0 21.0          Italy 70       87-98
113. Thor Hushovd 21.0 21.0          Norway 65       00-present
114. Marcel Kint 21.0 21.0          Belgium 31       35-51

 

Active, but without an official rank

Mark Cavendish 19.5 19.5          Isle of Man 75       05-present
Andreas Kloden 19.5 19.5          Germany 19       98-present
Andy Schleck 16.0 16.0          Luxembourg 20       04-present
Philippe Gilbert 15.5 15.5          Belgium 39       02-present
Jens Voigt 13.5 13.5          Germany 78       97-present
Filippo Pozzato 12.5 12.5          Italy 45       00-present
Joaquin Rodriguez 12.5 12.5          Spain 19       01-present
Frank Schleck 11.0 11.0          Luxembourg 21       00-present
Alessandro Ballan 10.5 10.5          Italy 12       04-present
Samuel Sanchez  8.5 8.5          Spain 27       04-present
Vincenzo Nibali 7.0 7.0          Italy 18       05-present
Tyler Farrar 6.5 6.5          USA 36       03-present

 

[update: 11/22/10 -  Claude Criquielion, Johan Van der Velde, and Pavel Tonkov added to the Top 100 list.  Thanks to Vlaanderen90 at Podium Cafe for catching their omission and calculating their point totals.]

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Reader Comments (7)

Thank you as always for your incredible work. It's not your fault that Di Luca is still ahead of Simoni. And isn't it about time *you* got knighted for services to cycling? Best regards, racejunkie

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterracejunkie

Thanks for posting these stats, i was looking for this for an essay.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBudget Bicycle Center

Great work on those stats and it's also good to see Belgium is good for something!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrek

Great post! I enjoyed the stats in what was an excellent post.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCycling

Hoping to see your updated ranking soon. Looks like Evans and Gilbert will be flying up the new rankings. Also really hoping for my biggest fave Cancellara to score some big points in his second part of the season, to finally crack the top50. Great job as always from you! Best regards, Arturs from Latvia!

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArchy

Great to see some great cycling stats. The more the better I say!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRabiya

It's a great list. In most areas very precise. I have to say that Delgado is ranked too low... should be in top 50. but very nice list.

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