Road cycling champions

Lance Armstrong of the USA
Although we cover all the main areas of cycling, for our all-time individual and country list we will concentrate on the Grand Tours and the Major one day road cycling events.
The individual list is dominated by the greatest cyclist who ever lived, the great Eddy Merckx. He won virtually every important race, most of them many times, and is way above anybody else on the all time cycling list to such an extent he pulls Belgium into second place in the country list. He won the Tour de France five times, won all the classics except Paris-Tours, won the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, won the world championship as an amateur and a professional, and broke the world hour record. He won on the road and on the track. The only modern day cyclist to get anywhere near is Lance Armstrong (USA) who just can’t stay retired.
In the designated races, there are 10,000 points available each year with 60% of the points awarded in the Grand Tours and 40% of the points awarded in the major one-day races, including the Olympics.
Top 10 Cycling Countries by Event points.
  1. Italy, 191730 pts
  2. Belgium, 183860 pts
  3. France, 164750 pts
  4. Spain, 92329 pts
  5. Holland, 35900 pts
  6. Switzerland, 33380 pts
  7. USA, 24640 pts
  8. Germany, 24570 pts
  9. Luxembourg, 16100 pts
  10. Ireland, 10110 pts
Great Britain are currently 15th with 3290 pts.
The top individual riders by the same criterion are:
  1. Eddy Merckx (Bel), 24760 pts
  2. Bernard Hinault (Fra), 17000 pts
  3. Lance Armstrong (USA), 13480 pts
  4. Jacques Anquetil (Fra), 12930 pts
  5. Fausto Coppi (Ita), 12250 pts
  6. Miguel Indurain (Esp), 11420 pts
  7. Gino Bartali (Ita), 11390 pts
  8. Louison Bobet (Fra), 8820 pts
  9. Felice Gimondi (Ita), 8140 pts
  10. Greg Lemond (USA), 7990 pts
The next best current rider after the great Lance Armstrong is Carlos Sastre (Esp), in 58th place!