Monday, January 25, 2010

Gazzetta dello Sport Top 10 Greatest Cyclists Poll


The Gazzetta dello Sport has had a poll in progress for a few days now asking readers to vote on who was/is the greatest cyclist. In asking the question the Gazzetta recognized, to their credit, the difficulty of the task. Their own conclusion, and only listing the top 10, is:
1. Eddy Merckx
2. Fausto Coppi
3. Bernard Hinault
4. Jacques Anquetil
5. Alfredo Binda
6. Gino Bartali
7. Rick Van Steenbergen
8. Lance Armstrong
9. Miguel Indurain
10.Felice Gimondi

Readers, casting 6,500 votes for 17 riders, voted differently:

1.Coppi 61.0% of votes
2.Merckx 39.0%
3.Pantani 23.1%
4.Bartali 19.5%
5.Armstrong 15.1%
6.Indurain 12.2%
7.Hinault 11.2%
8.Binda 5.6%
9.Gimondi 4.3%
10.Anquetil 4.2%
11.Girardengo 2.1%
12.Cipollini 1.1%
13.Van Steenbergen 0.4%
14.Magni 0.4%
15.Van Looy 0.3%
16.Bobet 0.3%
17.Kelly 0.2%

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