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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.


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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. Click on the rider's name for the latest update.


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)

GP Québec

1st (2011)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

1st (2006, 2008)

Paris-Bruxelles

2nd (2004)

Strade Bianche

1st (2011)

BeNeLux Tour

2nd (2011)

Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

1st (2017)

Tour de France Points classif.

3rd (2011)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2011)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (2009)

2x (2015)

Philippe Gilbert hardly needs any introduction. You could write a book about his magical year 2011 alone. Let me pick 2 moments that illustrate his absurd dominance and explosion of power the most.


The Belgian national championship of 2011 in Hooglede-Gits, 241 km on a pancake flat course. The only obstacle is Gitsberg, a cobblestone climb (not even worthy of the name) of 500m with an average gradient of 3.2% (max 5%). Pretty much impossible to break away from the lead group, let alone drop Tom Boonen who's glued to Gilbert's wheel. Until the Walloon puts the hammer down... This must have been the most humbling defeat in the career of the 4-times Paris-Roubaix winner.

One month (and 1 Tour de France stage) later. After a post-Tour criterium on Thursday and Friday evening, Philippe Gilbert is flown into San Sebastian by private jet at night to make it to the start of the Clasica on Saturday. But those days, the new Belgian champion mocked the laws of cycling. With his trademark 40-second full-out attack, Gilbert left a devastating trail in the streets of San Sebastian; among the victims: Frank Schleck, Joaquim Rodriguez (cfr above), Samuel Sanchez and Greg Van Avermaet.



46. Mario CIPOLLINI (ITA) - 3226pts

World Championship Road Race

1st (2002)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (2002)

2nd (1994, 2001)

Gent-Wevelgem

1st (1992, 1993, 2002)

2nd (1991)

E3 Harelbeke

1st (1993)

Scheldeprijs

1st (1991, 1993)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1993)

2x (1995)

1x (1996)

2x (1997)

2x (1998)

4x (1999)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1989)

2x (1990)

3x (1991)

4x (1992)

2x (1995)

4x (1996)

5x (1997)

4x (1998)

4x (1999)

1x (2000)

4x (2001)

6x (2002)

2x (2003


45. Alex ZULLE (SUI) - 3227pts

Tour de France

2nd (1995, 1999)

Vuelta a España

1st (1996, 1997)

2nd (1993)

4th (1994)

Paris-Nice

1st (1993)

3rd (1995)

Tour de Romandie

2nd (1998, 2002)

Tour de Suisse

1st (2002)

2nd (1995)

Volta a Catalunya

1st (1996)

3rd (1991)

Vuelta al País Vasco

1st (1995, 1997)

3rd (1993, 1998)

Flèche Wallonne

3rd (1997)

World Championship Time Trial

1st (1996)

Giro del Piemonte

3rd (1992)

Milano-Torino

2nd (1997)

Critérium International

1st (1998)

Semana Catalana

1st (1992, 1996)

2nd (1995, 1997)

3rd (1998)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

3rd (1995)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1995)

1x (1996)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

3x (1998)


44. Nicolas FRANTZ (LUX) - 3234pts

Tour de France

1st (1927, 1928)

2nd (1924, 1926)

4th (1925)

5th (1929)

World Championship Road Race

2nd (1929)

3rd (1932)

Vuelta al Paìs Vasco

1st (1926)

3rd (1929)

Paris-Tours

1st (1929)

2nd (1924)

3rd (1926)

Paris-Bruxelles

1st (1927)

2nd (1928)

3rd (1925, 1929)

Tour de France stage wins

2x (1924)

4x (1925)

4x (1926)

3x (1927)

5x (1928)

2x (1929)


43. Claudio CHIAPPUCCI (ITA) - 3242pts

Tour de France

2nd (1990, 1992)

3rd (1991)

Giro d'Italia

2nd (1991, 1992)

3rd (1993)

4th (1995)

5th (1994)

World Championship Road Race

2nd (1994)

Il Lombardia

2nd (1992, 1994)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1991)

Tour de Romandie

2nd (1993)

Volta a Catalunya

1st (1994)

Vuelta al Paìs Vasco

1st (1991)

3rd (1994)

Clasica San Sebastian

1st (1993)

2nd (1992)

Flèche Wallonne

3rd (1991, 1993)

Züri Metzgete

3rd (1990)

Giro dell'Emilia

3rd (1993)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (1989, 1995)

Giro del Veneto

3rd (1993)

GP Frankfurt

2nd (1992)

3rd (1989)

Tour de France Points classif.

3rd (1992)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

1st (1991, 1992)

2nd (1990, 1993, 1995)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1991)

1x (1992)

1x (1993)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1993)


42. Gianni BUGNO (ITA) - 3248pts

Tour de France

2nd (1991)

3rd (1992)

Giro d'Italia

1st (1990)

4th (1991)

World Championship Road Race

1st (1991, 1992)

3rd (1990)

Il Lombardia

2nd (1988)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1990)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

2nd (1995)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (1994)

Critérium du Dauphiné

3rd (1992)

Tour de Suisse

2nd (1992)

3rd (1996)

Amstel Gold Race

2nd (1993)

Clasica San Sebastian

1st (1991)

Gent-Wevelgem

2nd (1988)

Züri Metzgete

2nd (1995)

Giro dell'Emilia

1st (1992)

Giro del Lazio

1st (1992)

2nd (1986)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (1986)

2nd (1988)

Giro del Veneto

3rd (1988)

Milano-Torino

1st (1992)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1988)

2x (1990)

1x (1991)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1989)

3x (1990)

3x (1991)

1x (1994)

1x (1996)


41. Mark CAVENDISH (GBR) - 3293pts

Together with Eddy Merckx, Mark Cavendish won the most Tour de France stages ever (34x).

World Championship Road Race

1st (2011)

2nd (2016)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (2009)

Scheldeprijs

1st (2007, 2008, 2011)

2nd (2013, 2016)

3rd (2021)

Tour de France Points classif.

1st (2011, 2021)

2nd (2009, 2010, 2013)

Tour de France stage wins

4x (2008)

6x (2009)

5x (2010)

5x (2011)

3x (2012)

2x (2013)

1x (2015)

4x (2016)

4x (2021)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (2008)

3x (2009)

2x (2011)

3x (2012)

5x (2013)


40. Stephen ROCHE (IRL) - 3368pts

Stephen Roche is the only rider, apart from Eddy Merckx of course, who won the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and the World Championship in the same year.

Tour de France

1st (1987)

3rd (1985)

Giro d'Italia

1st (1987)

World Championship Road Race

1st (1987)

3rd (1983)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

2nd (1987)

3rd (1985)

Paris-Nice

1st (1981)

2nd (1984, 1985, 1989, 1990)

Tour de Romandie

1st (1983, 1984, 1987)

Vuelta al Paìs Vasco

1st (1989)

Amstel Gold Race

2nd (1982)

Giro del Piemonte

2nd (1992)

GP des Nations

2nd (1981)

3rd (1984)

4 Jours de Dunkerque

1st (1990)

3rd (1982, 1989)

Critérium International

1st (1985, 1991)

2nd (1987)

3rd (1984, 1989)

Semana Catalana

1st (1991)

Tour de France Points classif.

2nd (1987)

3rd (1985)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1985)

1x (1987)

1x (1992)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (1987)

While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it. Or what makes cycling truly unique. Liège-Bastogne-Liège in Roche's sacred year 1987. The Irishman manages to chase back Claude Criquelion who managed to drop his archnemesis Moreno Argentin, winner in 1985 and 1986, on the Côte des Forges. Roche as well as the Belgian has no sprint. Because of the unpredictable outcome, you wouldn't want to bet money on any of them in a sprint-à-deux. But they managed to make it even worse.


As they enter the last kilometer, with a safe advantage, they start looking at each other and almost come to a standstill. At 300m to go, the chasers, among which Moreno Argentin, are suddenly back in contention! Moreover, the Italian outsprints the 2 leaders to take his third consecutive Liège-Bastogne-Liège.




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