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Monday, 20 February 2012

CYCLING HALL OF FAME: THE RIDERS

This hall of fame is compiled taking in consideration only wins, this is for two reasons. One is time, the other is that this is more about the long term legacy of single riders. I have updated this with Armstrong's downfall.
It doesn't give some riders justice, namely those incredible domestiques whose effort is crucial for their captains' wins.
This is simply for fun and to give some sense of worth in the broader view of the history of cycling. I have included most big races, some, like Tour of Poland and Turkey only from 2005 and 2007, when they acquired higher UCI status. For the same reason I've included the Tour of Beijing because despite being an awfully boring race, it hosts world tour teams, therefore will grow in status.

The points are given according to a perceived importance of each race and it is organic and as some races grow in status and others disappear, the points will reflect that. These are given for wins, with the exception of Grand Tour stages, where the points are added for those wins only when the riders have won at least 10 stages in those tours; there are too many stages to go through otherwise and sometimes stage wins have been given or not openly contested by the main guys as not important for GC.
Small curiosity, there are 3 Buysse, 3 De Wolf, 3 Desmet, 3 Pelissier, 4 Rodriguez, 5 Planckaert!
These are the races I take into account with their relative points:

75 Tour de France
60 Giro d'Italia
55 Worlds RR; Olympics RR
50  Tour of Flanders; Paris-Roubaix; Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Milan-Sanremo; Giro di Lombardia
40  Vuelta a Espana
30  Paris-Nice; Criterium du Dauphine; Tour of Switzerland; Tirreno-Adriatico; Worlds TT; Olympics TT
20  Vuelta al Pais Vasco; Tour de Romandie; Amstel Gold; La Fleche Wallonne
15  Tour Down Under; Gent-Wevelghem; Tour of California
10  Eneco Tour; Volta a Catalunya; Tour of Qatar; Paris-Tours; Tour of Britain
5  Vuelta Castilla y Leon; Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Tour of Poland (from 2005); Presidential Tour of Turkey (from 2007); Giro del Trentino; Tour of Luxembourg; E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke; Clasica San Sebastian; Strade Bianche Eroica; Tour of Oman; Tour of Beijing; Dwars door Vlaanderen
8  each stage after and including at least 10 wins in the Tour
6  each stage after and including at least 10 wins in the Giro
4  each stage after and including at least 10 wins in the Vuelta

HALL OF FAME (current riders in yellow)

Other current riders:
108 (RUS) D.Menchov
119 (NOR) T.Hushovd
141 (ITA) I.Basso
144 (LUX) A.Schleck
152 (ITA) S.Garzelli
155 (GER) A.Kloden
156 (AUS) M.Rogers
165 (ITA) A.Ballan
171 (USA) L.Leipheimer
172 (GER) T.Martin
191 (BEL) S.Devolder
204 (ITA) M.Scarponi
212 (ITA) F.Pozzato
219 (AUS) S.Gerrans
224 (AUS) S.O'Grady
226 (ESP) J.Rodriguez
237 (ITA) V.Nibali
243 (ESP) S.Sanchez
264 (BEL) N.Nuyens
274 (ESP) J.J.Cobo
281 (CAN) R.Hesjedal
300 (KAZ) M.Iglinsky
313 (ESP) L.L.Sanchez
314 (LUX) F.Schleck
319 (BEL) J.Van Summeren
356 (NED) T.Dekker
379 (AUS) M.Goss
386 (CZE) R.Kreuziger
434 (SWI) O.Zaugg
436 (NOR) E.Boasson Hagen
453 (RUS) V.Karpets
467 (USA) C.Horner
470 (GER) S.Schumacher
479 (SLO) J.Brajkovic
483 (POR) R.Da Costa
490 (GER) B.Grabsch
492 (GER) A.Greipel
539 (SWI) M.Albasini
542 (NED) L.Boom
556 (ITA) E.Gasparotto
557 (NED) R.Gesink
561 (ESP) I.Gutierrez
578 (SLO) S.Spilak
591 (ESP) M.Astarloza
592 (GER) M.Burghardt
593 (AUS) A.Davis
596 (AUT) B.Eisel
597 (SWI) M.Elmiger
608 (AUS) C.Meyer
645 (BEL) N.Eeckhout
650 (FRA) R.Feillu
658 (RSA) R.Hunter
662 (FRA) G.Lequatre
668 (ITA) M.Marcato
685 (UKR) Y.Popovich
689 (AUS) M.Renshaw
698 (GBR) J.Tiernan-Locke
701 (BEL) G.Van Avermaet
720 (HUN) L.Bodrogi
726 (DEN) M.Breschel
729 (FRA) S.Chavanel
730 (AUS) B.Cooke
755 (KAZ) A.Dyachenko
757 (RUS) A.Efimkin
759 (DEN) J.Fuglsang
764 (GER) L.Gerdemann
769 (RSA) D.Impey
775 (RUS) A.Kolobnev
780 (SWE) T.Lovkvist
783 (ESP) F.Mancebo
784 (IRE) D.Martin
790 (BEL) M.Monfort
791 (ESP) J.Moreno
802 (ITA) D.Pozzovivo
811 (SVK) P.Sagan
822 (AUS) C.Sutton
824 (NED) N.Terpstra
832 (USA) C.Vande Velde
835 (SVK) P.Velits
839 (ITA) G.Visconti
842 (FRA) T.Voeckler
843 (GER) J.Voigt

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