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All-Time Cycling Ranking Countdown: 69 to 55

It's been a while since the last blog post, but let's be clear: nothing will hold us back from finishing the King of the Echelon ranking countdown. Today we'll meet one of the most stylish Italian bike riders ever and his former domestique. But both of them end below their compatriot who figured in one of the most absurd team efforts of all time.


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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.


69. François FABER (LUX) - 2703pts

Tour de France

1st (1909)

2nd (1908, 1910))

5th (2015)

Il Lombardia

1st (1908)

Paris-Roubaix

1st (1913)

3rd (1908)

Bordeaux-Paris

1st (1911)

Paris-Bruxelles

1st (1909)

2nd (1911)

Paris-Tours

1st (1909, 1910)

3rd (1908)

Tour de France stage wins

4x (1908)

6x (1909)

3x (1910)

2x (1911)

2x (1913)

2x (1914)


68. Pedro DELGADO (ESP) - 2718pts

Tour de France

1st (1988)

2nd (1987)

3rd (1989)

4th (1990)

Vuelta a España

1st (1985, 1989)

2nd (1990)

3rd (1992, 1994)

4th (1984, 1987)

Volta a Catalunya

2nd (1989, 1991)

3rd (1990, 1994)

Clasica San Sebastian

2nd (1991)

3rd (1982)

Semana Catalana

1st (1993)

2nd (1989)

Tour de France Points classif.

3rd (1987)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

2nd (1985, 1989)

3rd (1988)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1985)

1x (1986)

1x (1987)

1x (1988)


67. Michele BARTOLI (ITA) - 2745pts

World Championship Road Race

3rd (1996, 1998)

4th (2000)

Il Lombardia

1st (2002, 2003)

3rd (1995)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (1997, 1998)

3rd (1995)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (1996)

Tirreno-Adriatico

1st (1999)

Amstel Gold Race

1st (2002)

3rd (1998)

Cyclassics Hamburg

2nd (1998)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (1999)

3rd (2002)

Züri Metzgete

1st (1998)

2nd (1996)

E3 Harelbeke

2nd (1998)

Giro dell'Emilia

1st (1996, 2002)

3rd (1998)

Giro del Lazio

1st (2003)

Giro del Veneto

1st (1996)

2nd (1994, 2003)

GP Frankfurt

1st (1997)

Milano-Torino

1st (2002)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

1st (2001)

Paris-Bruxelles

3rd (1996, 1998)

Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

1st (1995, 1998)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1994)

1x (1998)

There are few riders that looked as good on a bike as Michele Bartoli. With his low aerodynamic position and his fluid, almost effortless pedalling style he managed to win 3 out of the 5 monuments. Success in both cobbled and hilly classics, made Bartoli arguably one of the best one-day riders during the turn of the century.


The race I feel Bartoli was at his peak was the 1997 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The double World Cup winner broke away from the peloton together with Laurent Jalabert and Alex Zülle on the Côte de la Redoute. The Frenchman and the Swiss, being teammates at Once, obviously had a vast tactile advantage. Additionally, we are talking about 2 of the most accomplished riders in the peloton(both top-50 in the KotE ranking).


Although they tried to play the tactical game on the Côte de Sart-Tilman, Bartoli covered all attacks almost effortlessly. The Tuscan finished his masterpiece on the final uphill stretch towards the finish, the Côte de Ans. Taking the lead, he gradually increased the pace until Jalabert's legs exploded. No surprise attack but riding the n° 1 of the world right of his wheel; an incredible display of class and strength.



66. Gustave GARRIGOU (FRA) - 2829pts

Tour de France

1st (1911)

2nd (1907, 1909, 1913)

3rd (1910, 1912)

4th (1908)

5th (1914)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1911)

2nd (1907, 1912)

Il Lombardia

1st (1907)

Paris-Roubaix

2nd (1912)

Bordeaux-Paris

2nd (1911)

3rd (1907, 1912)

Paris-Bruxelles

1st (1907)

2nd (1909)

Tour de France stage wins

2x (1907)

1x (1909)

1x (1910)

2x (1911)

1x (1913)

1x (1914)


65. Paolo BETTINI (ITA) - 2832pts

World Championship Road Race

1st (2006, 2007)

2nd (2001)

4th (2003)

Olympic Games Road Race

1st (2004)

Il Lombardia

1st (2005, 2006)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (2003)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (2000, 2002)

2nd (2006)

Tirreno-Adriatico

1st (2004)

Amstel Gold Race

3rd (2004)

Clasica San Sebastian

1st (2003)

2nd (2004)

Cyclassics Hamburg

1st (2003)

2nd (2004)

Züri Metzgete

1st (2001, 2005)

2nd (2002, 2004)

3rd (2003)

Giro del Lazio

1st (2002)

Milano-Torino

2nd (1999)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

3rd (2003)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2000)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (2005)

1x (2006)

Paolo Bettini started his career as a domestique of Michele Bartoli at MG and Asics. But as Bettini's star was rising after doing years of leg work at the service of Bartoli, their roads separated. With his typical dynamic style of racing and fighting spirit, the small Italian eventually surpassed his former leader. Bettini is not only part of the select group of double World Champions (Salsburg 2006 & Stuttgart 2007), but also, he's the only rider in history to win the Worlds and the Olympic Road Race (Athens 2004).


Paolo Bettini's most remarkable performance is without a doubt Il Lombardia 2006. Days after his brother's death, he crossed the finish line in tears, winning Lombardia for the 2nd consecutive time.



64. Lucien VAN IMPE (BEL) - 2840pts

Tour de France

1st (1976)

2nd (1981)

3rd (1971, 1975, 1977)

4th (1972, 1983)

5th (1973)

Giro d'Italia

4th (1982)

Vuelta a España

5th (1979)

Critérium du Dauphiné

3rd (1972, 1977)

Tour de Romandie

2nd (1972, 1973)

Tour de Suisse

2nd (1977)

Midi Libre

2nd (1976)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

1st (1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983)

2nd (1976)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1972)

1x (1973)

2x (1975)

1x (1976)

1x (1977)

1x (1979)

1x (1981)

1x (1983)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1983)


63. Charly MOTTET (FRA) - 2856pts

Tour de France

4th (1987, 1991)

Giro d'Italia

2nd (1990)

World Championship Road Race

2nd (1986)

Il Lombardia

1st (1988)

3rd (1985, 1990)

Critérium du Dauphiné

1st (1987, 1989, 1992)

3rd (1988)

Tirreno-Adriatico

3rd (1989)

Tour de Romandie

1st (1990)

3rd (1992)

Volta a Catalunya

3rd (1986)

Paris-Tours

3rd (1986)

Züri Metzgete

1st (1990)

2nd (1993)

Giro dell'Emilia

3rd (1991)

GP des Nations

1st (1985, 1987, 1988)

3rd (1989)

Giro del Lazio

1st (1988, 1989)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (1985)

Paris-Bruxelles

2nd (1984

4 Jours de Dunkerque

1st (1989, 1991)

2nd (1988)

3rd (1987)

Critérium International

2nd (1989)

3rd (1991)

Tour de France stage wins

1x 1990)

2x (1991)


62. Charly GAUL (LUX) - 2874pts

Tour de France

1st (1958)

3rd (1955, 1961)

Giro d'Italia

1st (1956, 1959)

3rd (1960)

4th (1957, 1961)

World Championship Road Race

3rd (1954)

Critérium du Dauphiné

2nd (1953)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

1st (1955, 1956)

2nd (1958, 1959, 1961)

Tour de France stage wins

2x (1955)

2x (1956)

4x (1958)

1x (1959)

1x (1961)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

3x (1956)

2x (1957)

1x (1958)

3x (1959)

1x (1960)

1x (1961)


61. Giovanni BRUNERO (ITA) - 2890pts

Giro d'Italia

1st (1921, 1922, 1926)

2nd (1923, 1927)

3rd (1925)

Vuelta a España

1st (1982)

2nd (1983)

3rd (1991)

5th (1980, 1986)

Il Lombardia

1st (1923, 1924)

2nd (1920)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1922)

2nd (1921, 1925)

3rd (1928)

Giro dell'Emilia

1st (1920)

2nd (1921)

3rd (1925)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (1921)

2nd (1926)

Giro del Veneto

2nd (1923)

3rd (1925)

Milano-Torino

2nd (1921)

3rd (1923)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1921)

2x (1922)

1x (1925)

1x (1926)

1x (1927)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1924)


60. Rik VAN STEENBERGEN (BEL) - 2897pts

Giro d'Italia

2nd (1951)

Vuelta a España

5th (1956)

World Championship Road Race

1st (1949, 1956, 1957)

3rd (1946)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1954)

2nd (1959)

Paris-Roubaix

1st (1948, 1952)

2nd (1957)

3rd (1951)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (1944, 1946)

3rd (1955)

Paris-Bruxelles

1st (1950)

3rd (1956)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (1951)

3x (1952)

1x (1951)

4x (1954)

5x (1957)

Tour de France stage wins

2x (1949)

1x (1952)

1x (1955)


59. Gaetano BELLONI (ITA) - 2947pts

Giro d'Italia

1st (1920)

2nd (1919, 1921)

4th (1925)

World Championship Road Race

4th (1927)

Il Lombardia

1st (1915, 1918, 1928)

2nd (1919, 1921)

3rd (1920)

Milano-Sanremo

1st (1917, 1920)

2nd (1918, 1923, 1924)

Giro dell'Emilia

2nd (1924)

Giro del Piemonte

1st (1925)

2nd (1919)

3rd (1920)

Giro del Veneto

2nd (1924)

Milano-Torino

1st (1918)

2nd (1920, 1923)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (1919)

3x (1920)

3x (1921)

2x (1922)

2x (1925)

1x (1929)


58. André LEDUCQ (FRA) - 2953pts

Tour de France

1st (1930, 1932)

2nd (1928)

4th (1927)


Paris-Roubaix

1st (1928)

2nd (1935)

Vuelta al País Vasco

2nd (1927, 1928)

Paris-Tours

1st (1931)

Critérium International

1st (1933)

Tour de France stage wins

3x (1927)

4x (1928)

5x (1929)

2x (1930)

1x (1931)

6x (1932)

2x (1933)

1x (1935)

1x (1938)


57. Primoz ROGLIC (SLO) - 2971pts

Tour de France

2nd (2020)

4th (2018)

Giro d'Italia

3rd (2019)

Vuelta a España

1st (2019, 2020, 2021

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (2020)

Tirreno-Adriatico

1st (2019)

Tour de Romandie

1st (2018, 2019)

3rd (2017)

Vuelta al Paìs Vasco

1st (2018, 2021)

Olympic Games Time Trial

1st (2021)

Flèche Wallonne

2nd (2021)

World Championship Time Trial

2nd (2017)

Giro dell'Emilia

1st (2019, 2021)

Milano-Torino

1st (2021)

Tour de France Mountains classif.

2nd (2017)

3rd (2020)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2017)

1x (2018)

1x (2020)


56. Moreno ARGENTIN (ITA) - 2980pts

Giro d'Italia

3rd (1984)

World Championship Road Race

1st (1986)

2nd (1987)

3rd (1985)

Il Lombardia

1st (1987)

2nd (1981)

Milano-Sanremo

2nd (1992)

3rd (1982)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

1st (1985, 1986, 1987, 1991)

Ronde van Vlaanderen

1st (1990)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (1990, 1991, 1994)

2nd (1985, 1988)

Paris-Tours

2nd (1985)

Giro dell'Emilia

2nd (1987)

Giro del Veneto

1st (1984, 1988)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (1990)

1x (1991)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

2x (1981)

1x (1982)

2x (1983)

2x (1984)

3x (1987)

2x (1993)

1x (1994)

Being the dominant force in the hilly classics during the second half of the 1980's, Moreno Argentin rightfully qualifies as the predecessor of Michele Bartoli (cfr above) and Paolo Bettini ((cfr above). The Italian won Liège-Bastogne-Liège a stunning 4 times (a tie with Alejandro Valverde; Eddy Merckx holds the record of 5 victories). His main competitor in the Ardennes classics, Claude Criquilion, was poised to win his home race, but lacking a sprint against the explosive Italian, the Belgian never managed to do so (ending 2nd to Argentin on two occasions).


Despite numerous classics victories and a world title, Moreno Argentin will always be remembered because of the 1994 Flèche Wallone, the race that unofficially proved that excessive blood doping had become the new norm in cycling. Fueled by EPO, Argentin and his teammates at Gewiss-Ballan, Evgenii Berzin (1994 Giro d'Italia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner) and Giorgio Furlan (1994 Milano-Sanremo winner), team-time-trialed away from the peloton on the penultimate ascent of the Mur de Huy with 70km to go, ridiculizing the likes of Lance Armstrong and Claudio Chiappucci.

The team eventually gifted the victory to the 33-year-old Moreno Argentin as a salute to his career. Gianni Bugno was the best of the rest in 4th at 1'14". Only 56 riders finished the race; 67 riders finished outside the time limit!



55. Cadel EVANS (AUS) - 2996pts

Tour de France

1st (2011)

2nd (2007, 2008)

4th (2006)

Giro d'Italia

3rd (2013)

5th (2010)

Vuelta a España

3rd (2009)

4th (2007)

World Championship Road Race

1st (2009)

5th (2007)

Critérium du Dauphiné

2nd (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

3rd (2012)

Tirreno-Adriatico

1st (2011)

3rd (2010)

Tour de Romandie

1st (2006, 2011)

3rd (2002)

Vuelta al País Vasco

2nd (2008)

Flèche Wallonne

1st (2010)

2nd (2008)

Critérium International

1st (2012)

Tour de France stage wins

1x (2011)

Giro d'Italia stage wins

1x (2010)

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