Anonymous asked: Is Cancellara the best pro cyclist to never have won a grand tour?
That’s kind of a strange question, like asking if someone’s the best power hitter never to pitch a shutout.
Changes in the sport over the past two decades (paying people enough to not race constantly, big rosters with specific sub-teams aimed at specific types of races, data-driven training, power/mass analysis, oxygen vector drug testing) have really put a real divider between people who have a reasonable chance to win a Grand Tour and every one else.
Bernard HinaultSean Kelly (had to look it up) was the last Roubaix winner to win a Grand Tour, the ‘88 Vuelta. Maybe Wiggins kinda has a shot at adding himself to the list of Roubaix/GT winners? I guess we’ll see tomorrow.
Anyway, I think Cancellara is one of the all-time greats regardless. If you want to make the non-GT winner distinction, he’d be up against Johan Museeuw and Roger DeVlaeminck. I guess it depends on how you rate the World TT title.
For me, this ‘07 TdF stage is still the best Cancellara moment. Really highlights the raw 1 minute power advantage he leverages to make the gap in his race winning moves.