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Top 10 sprinters in the world right now..*2015 update*

specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,334
edited December 2014 in Pro race
Can someone compile a likely list - I'm getting a bit lost with who is regarded as first choice sprinters ie who the team supports in stages - there seems a lot around
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,520
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.
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  • RichN95 wrote:
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.

    Boassen Hagen , Boonen, Farrar...
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  • RichN95 wrote:
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.

    Goss?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,520
    I hadn't forgotten any of those four.
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  • LutherBLutherB Posts: 544
    RichN95 wrote:
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.

    Goss?

    hehehe, was just going to say Goss but with a :wink:
  • RichN95 wrote:
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.

    Goss?


    Oh stop...
  • Meersman?
  • Modolo could force his way into the top 10 this season
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,520
    Meersman?
    I had forgotten him. He's probably better than Viviani (who probably only got in my top 10 as I like him)
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  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    It depends whether we're talking about pure sprinters on a flat not too long stage. I think Rich's list covers those pretty well. You could consider Bos, Kristoff or perhaps Rojas (and maybe demote Matthews).

    If you talk about sprinters uphill or after a challenging stage or a classic, you get a different list, with people like Meersman, Sagan at 1, Degenkolb a bit higher, Rojas and Boonen definitely in there, etc.
  • chrisdaychrisday Posts: 300
    RichN95 wrote:
    ***** Kittel, Cavendish
    **** Greipel
    *** Demare, Sagan, Degenkolb, Bouhanni
    ** Viviani, Matthews, Guardini

    Or something like that. I've no doubt forgetten a couple.

    Pretty much on the money, Rich (as usual), tho I might be tempted to swap Bouhanni and Viviani. Oh, and I'd be a little kinder to Greipel - he's not quite on the level of Cav and Kittel, but praps he deserves a "4 1/2 stars"
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,022
    edited February 2014
    Summary by team (I was clutching at straws lower down the list):

    Giant-Shimano: Kittel, Degenklob
    OPQS: Cavendish
    Lotto: Greipel
    Astana: Guardini, Gavazzi
    FDJ: Bouhanni, Demare,
    Cannondale: Viviani, Sagan, Marcato
    Orica: Goss, Matthews
    Belkin: Bos
    Katusha: Kristoff
    Lampre: Modolo, Ferrari
    Tinkoff: Bennati, Morkov
    Garmin: Farrar, Von Hoff
    Trek: Von Poppels X2, Roulston
    Sky: Swift,
    Movistar: Lobato
    AG2: Hutarovich
    BMC: No one (?Hushovd, Zabel?
    Europcar: No one (?Arashiro, Lamoisson?)

    Edited after I realised I'd left off Giant-Shimano...
  • dish_dash wrote:
    Summary by team (I was clutching at straws lower down the list):

    OPQS: Cavendish
    Lotto: Greipel
    Astana: Guardini, Gavazzi
    FDJ: Bouhanni, Demare,
    Cannondale: Viviani, Sagan, Marcato
    Orica: Goss, Matthews
    Belkin: Bos
    Katusha: Kristoff
    Lampre: Modolo, Ferrari
    Tinkoff: Bennati, Morkov
    Garmin: Farrar, Von Hoff
    Trek: Von Poppels X2, Roulston
    Sky: Swift,
    Movistar: Lobato
    AG2: Hutarovich
    BMC: No one (?Hushovd, Zabel?
    Europcar: No one (?Arashiro, Lamoisson?)

    I'd add

    Trek - Nizzolo
    Europcar - Coquard
    Giant - Mezgez, Van Rensburg (obvs Kittel and Degenkolb)
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,520
    Europcar - Coquard
    That's another one I forgot. I'd have him in the top ten - I rate him. A man on the rise.
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  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 11,978
    I think Ferrari, Bennati and Ciolek deserve mentions.

    Plus I'd have just two categories (i) Cavendish, Greipel and Kittel (ii) All the other names that have been mentioned e.g. I think Gerrans has a good chance against Sagan, but Sagan has little chance against the big three.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,781
    Is Petacchi ever likely to be in the mix again?
  • RichN95 wrote:
    I hadn't forgotten any of those four.

    Well the title of the thread includes the phrase "right now"... I'd say Boonen deserves a place and Cav out. Farrar, Boassen Hagen and Goss can continue to play marbles in the corner of the playground.
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  • its quite a hard one isn't it, not many teams dedicate a team to their sprinter because if they are up against Cav, Kittle and or Griepel they arn't going to be in the mix. Greenedge have alot of guys who you would back if the three big names weren't there but none that you would expect to challenge the 3
  • RichN95 wrote:
    Europcar - Coquard
    That's another one I forgot. I'd have him in the top ten - I rate him. A man on the rise.

    Coming to this thread late, I was amazed that he seemed to have been almost forgotten.
    Been on my radar, via the track, for some time.
    Last year was no surprise to me.
    Definitely one to watch.

    How about Danny van Poppel? Only 20, this season...
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  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    I couldn't mention Greipel in the same breath as Kittel & Cav.
  • markwb79markwb79 Posts: 932
    Markus?
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  • mike6mike6 Posts: 1,199
    Speaking of sprinters, It pains me to say that I no longer think Cav is number one. Third possibly, behind Kittel and Greipel. Hope I am wrong but he was soundly beaten in the Tour last year and that has never happened before.
  • mike6 wrote:
    Speaking of sprinters, It pains me to say that I no longer think Cav is number one. Third possibly, behind Kittel and Greipel. Hope I am wrong but he was soundly beaten in the Tour last year and that has never happened before.


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  • Caleb Ewan.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,022
    Caleb Ewan.

    Yep, joins OGE in August... looks a very exciting talent. Might be the end of Goss (at OGE at least)
  • mike6 wrote:
    Speaking of sprinters, It pains me to say that I no longer think Cav is number one. Third possibly, behind Kittel and Greipel. Hope I am wrong but he was soundly beaten in the Tour last year and that has never happened before.

    Greipel certainly isn't better than Cavendish, but Kittel probably is - at the moment.

    Longer term, Cavendish will inevitably find the wins dropping off at some point in his career, and last year may prove to be the point that the decline started: but Cavendish is starting from a far higher peak than most. I wouldn't be writing him off just yet.
  • frisbeefrisbee Posts: 691
    mike6 wrote:
    Speaking of sprinters, It pains me to say that I no longer think Cav is number one. Third possibly, behind Kittel and Greipel. Hope I am wrong but he was soundly beaten in the Tour last year and that has never happened before.

    Greipel certainly isn't better than Cavendish, but Kittel probably is - at the moment.

    Longer term, Cavendish will inevitably find the wins dropping off at some point in his career, and last year may prove to be the point that the decline started: but Cavendish is starting from a far higher peak than most. I wouldn't be writing him off just yet.

    Sprinters can have a very long life, Petacchi and Cipolinni for example.
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