Echelons during Tour de France 2019

All-Time Cycling Ranking Countdown: 54 to 40

The further we count down, the more cycling greatness appears. We're entering the all-time cyclist top-50 and are now officially on Legends territory.


podium with cups

If you prefer to skip the details behind the rider's points total, you can jump right into the ranking here. But what good is counting down without actually counting points? Don't worry, I did the counting already, but I let you take a look at the rider's achievements below. Only the races on which the King of the Echelon ranking is built, are listed. If you're curious about what these are and what the points schema is, you can find out in this blog post.


Please note this is the status on 31 December 2021.


54. Bernard THEVENET (FRA) - 2999pts

Tour de France

1st (1975, 1977)

2nd (1973)

4the (1971)

Vuelta a España

3rd (1973)

World Championship Road Race

5th (1974)

Il Lombardia

2nd (1976)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

2nd (1975)

Critérium du Dauphiné

1st (1975, 1976)

2nd (1972, 1973, 1977)

3rd (1971)

Tour de Romandie

1st (1972)

Volta a Catalunya

1st (1974)

GP des Nations

3rd (1975)

4 Jours de Dunkerque

3rd (1975)

Critérium International

1st (1974)

Midi Libre

2nd (1977)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1970)

1x (1971)

2x (1972)

2x (1973)

2x (1975)

1x (1977)


53. Walter GODEFROOT (BEL) - 3009pts

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (1967)

2nd (1968)

3rd (1973, 1975)

Paris-Roubaix

1st (1969)

2nd (197)

3rd (1968)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (1968, 1978)

2nd (1970)

Amstel Gold Race

3rd (1974)

Bordeaux-Paris

1st( 1969, 1976)

2nd (1977)

3rd (1973)

Gent-Wevelgem

1st (1968)

3rd (1970)

Paris-Tours

2nd (1968)

Züri Metzgete

1st (1970, 1974)

3rd (1976, 1977)

E3 Harelbeke

2nd (1976)

3rd (1972)

GP Frankfurt

1st (1974)

2nd (1966)

3rd (1975)

Milano-Torino

2nd (1977)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

2nd (1966)

Scheldeprijs

1st (1969)

4 Jours de Dunkerque

1st (1974)

Tour de France Points classif.

1st( 1970)

2nd (1968)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1967)

2x (1968)

2x (1970)

1x (1971)

1x (1972)

2x (1973)

1x (1975)

Giro d'Italia stage win

1x (1970)


52. Hugo KOBLET (SUI) - 3065pts

Tour de France

1st (1951)

Giro d'Italia

1st (1950)

2nd (1953, 1954)


Ronde van Vlaanderen

2nd (1955)

Tour de Romandie

1st (1953)

2nd (1950, 1951, 1952, 1955)

3rd (1957)

Tour de Suisse

1st (1950, 1953, 1955)

2nd (1951)

Züri Metzgete

1st (1952, 1954)

GP de Nations

1st (1951)

Tour de France stage wins

5x (1951)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (1950)

1x (1951)

1x (1953)

2x (1954)

1x (1955)


51. Nairo QUINTANA (COL) - 3087pts

Tour de France

2nd (2013, 2015)

3rd (2016)

Giro d'Italia

1st (2014)

2nd (2017)

Vuelta a España

1st (2016)

4th (2015, 2019)

Paris-Nice

2nd (2019)

Tirreno-Adriatico

1st (2015, 2017)

2nd (2014)

Tour de Romandie

1st (2016)

Tour de Suisse

3rd (2018)

Volta a Catalunya

1st (2016)

2nd (2018)

Vuelta al País Vasco

1st (2013)

3rd (2016)

Giro dell'Emilia

1st (2012)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

1st (2013)

2nd (2015)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2013)

1x (2018)

1x (2019)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (2014)


50. Jan JANSSEN (NED) - 3088pts

Tour de France

1st (1968)

2nd (1966)

5th (1967)

Vuelta a España

1st (1967)

World Championship Road Race

1st (1964)

2nd (1967)

Paris-Roubaix

1st (1967)

2nd (1966)

3rd (1963)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

3rd (1968)

Paris-Nice

1st (1964)

3rd (1970)

Bordeaux-Paris

1st (1966)

2nd (1969)

Gent-Wevelgem

2nd (1967)

Flèche Wallonne

2nd (1963, 1964)

3rd (1968)

Züri Metzgete

1st (1962)

4 Jours de Dunkerque

2nd (1966)

Midi Libre

2nd (1963)

Tour de France Points classif.

1st (1964, 1965, 1967)

2nd (1969)

3rd (1968)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1963)

2x (1964)

1x (1965)

1x (1967)

2x (1968)


49. Laurent FIGNON (FRA) - 3145pts

Tour de France

1st (1983, 1984)

2nd (1989)

Giro d'Italia

1st (1989)

2nd (1984)

Vuelta a España

3rd (1987)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1988, 1989)

Paris-Roubaix

3rd (1988)

Paris-Nice

3rd (1987)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (1986)

3rd (1985)

Critérium International

1st (1982, 1990)

2nd (1988)

GP des Nations

1st (1989)

2nd (1986)

3rd (1988)

Paris-Bruxelles

2nd (1988)

Tour de France Points classif.

3rd (1983)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

2nd (1984)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1983)

5x (1984)

1x (1987)

1x (1989)

1x (1992)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1984)

1x (1989)


48. Joaquim RODRIGUEZ (ESP) - 3186pts

Tour de France

3rd (2013)

Giro d'Italia

2nd (2012)

4th (2011)

Vuelta a España

2nd (2012, 2015)

4th (2010, 2013, 2014)

World Championship Road Race

2nd (2013)

3rd (2009)

Il Lombardia

1st (2012, 2013)

3rd (2011)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

2nd (2009, 2013)

3rd (2015)

Volta a Catalunya

1st (2010, 2014)

2nd (2013)

Vuelta al País Vasco

1st (2015)

2nd (2012)

3rd (2010)

Amstel Gold Race

2nd (2011)

Clasica San Sebastian

2nd (2005)

3rd (2014)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (2012)

2nd (2010, 2011)

Semana Catalana

1st (2004)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

3rd (2014)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2010)

2x (2015)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (2012)


47. Philippe GILBERT (BEL) - 3205pts

Classics specialist Philippe Gilbert is the 8th rider in history to win 4 out of the 5 Monuments (Sanremo, Flanders, Roubaix, Liège and Lombardia) after cycling legends Sean Kelly, Hennnie Kuiper, Louison Bobet and Fred De Bruyne. Rik van Looy, Roger de Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx triumphed in all 5 Monuments.

World Championship Road Race

1st (2012)

Il Lombardia

1st (2009, 2010)

Milano-Sanremo

3rd (2008, 2011)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (2011)

3rd (2010)

Paris-Roubaix

1st (2019)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (2017)

3rd (2009, 2010, 2018)

Amstel Gold Race

1st (2010, 2011, 2014, 2017)

Clasica San Sebastian

1st (2011)

2nd (2015)

Gent-Wevelgem

3rd (2010)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (2011)

3rd (2012)

Paris-Tours

1st (2008, 2009)

E3 Harelbeke

2nd (2017, 2018)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (2009, 2010)

GP Montréal

3rd (2011)