Can topping the WorldTour standings ever be described as the definitive ranking of riders?
Alejandro Valverde was once again rewarded for his incredible consistency this year, but it never really feels like riders are fairly rewarded for their season-long efforts.
For example, André Greipel finished 24th, despite a year of dominating the sprints, while Rigoberto Urán was ranked nine places higher, having won just once in 2015. And what about those who’ve shown great promise or come so close to glory but barely figure on the results sheet?
Then there’s the fact it is a male-only ranking. As a result, Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport have come up with who we believe are the best 100 riders in the world right now.
Consistency in big events — à la Valverde — is one factor, but age, number of wins, personality, and future prospects were taken into consideration too.
As with any subjective ranking, it’s all entirely debatable and we admit there is probably an anglophone bias to our picks too. Still, at least those at the top won’t have to dress up in suits and attend a tedious, end-of-season ceremony when they’d clearly rather be on the beach.