Originally Posted by YMCA
You put all kinds of winners on your poll. The winners only see the front during crucial moments.
It is true, the guys who are working the middle miles, really put in the wind time. Knaven and Vansummeren are good choices. Wiggins another.
Most of the wind is pushed by the roleurs of the main teams in charge of a particular race. Discovery at the Tour. Fassa at the Giro for Pettachi. Quick-Step, Lotto, Rabobank at classics.
They used to keep track of who was in the most K's of breakaways at the Tour. Voight is usually near the top of that category. Same for Dekker and Durand a couple years back. Maybe Commesso this past year.
The wind is pushed by entire teams, not "just" Padrnos and Joachim. Not "just" Hulsmans and Knaven.
You need to devide it by the numbers at the front.
Basso did many ks on the front at the Giro was the climbs had forced selection, and he did many ks on the front of the tour.
Think each tour stage. 200 riders, 200 kms. If they ride piano for 150 kilometres and then choose to bring the break back at 150, then Knaven might work with 10 riders to bring back the break. 40 ks divided by 10.
Compare that to one day's breakaway, and Voigt might rack up 150 kilometres in a break of 5 riders.
Hincapie rides a full calendar up untill August. He usually is on the front most stages. Basso and Rasmussen always see many kilometres off the front in mountain stages. Albeit in the tour, the last few are only left to their own devices and the wind for the last 5 ks. Hence, Armstrong is not in the poll. But Basso did many kilometres off the front last year.
So did all the rest of the riders. You tell me who should be in it instead of those riders.