Tadej Pogacar voted most favorite rider in 2023
31 December 2023, by Bert Lip
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Tadej Pogacar is voted most favorite rider by you, our visitors, in the PCS favorite 500 ranking. He was included into 63% of the 7591 lists submitted. Runner-up is Mathieu van der Poel and in third place is the winner of the previous two editions Wout van Aert. 

With his first place in the ranking Pogacar has climbed each year. In 2020 he came in 21st, in 2021 he took sixth place, last year 3rd and now the top position. 
Figure 1. Favorite500 ranking in 2023.
11 POGAČAR Tadej4782
22 VAN DER POEL Mathieu3980
33 VAN AERT Wout3517
44 SAGAN Peter3362
55 ROGLIČ Primož2475
66 CONTADOR Alberto2356
77 VALVERDE Alejandro2282
88 EVENEPOEL Remco1904
99 MERCKX Eddy1800
1010 CANCELLARA Fabian1733
1111 BOONEN Tom1720
1212 CAVENDISH Mark1687
1313 NIBALI Vincenzo1527
1414 GILBERT Philippe1407
1515 INDURAIN Miguel1369
1616 ALAPHILIPPE Julian1367
1717 VINGEGAARD Jonas1282
1818 FROOME Chris1244
1919 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek1221
2020 PINOT Thibaut1201
2121 PANTANI Marco1193
2222 PEDERSEN Mads1188
2323 VOS Marianne993
2424 THOMAS Geraint966
2525 ARMSTRONG Lance881
2626 ULLRICH Jan853
2727 KUSS Sepp831
2828 MOHORIČ Matej796
2929 KELLY Sean753
3030 PIDCOCK Thomas730
3131 GANNA Filippo718
3232 HINAULT Bernard711
3333 COPPI Fausto643
3434 DUMOULIN Tom624
3535 JALABERT Laurent621
3636 KOPECKY Lotte616
3737 KWIATKOWSKI Michał578
3838 PHILIPSEN Jasper575
3939 SCHLECK Andy562
4040 LEMOND Greg542
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Looking at the top-10 we find that Alberto Contador is the first retired rider in the list, slightly before Alejandro Valverde. 
Figure 2. Highest climbers in ranking.
#RiderPosition 2023Position 2022Positions gained
1 MÄDER Gino113395▲282
2 SKJELMOSE Mattias74337▲263
3 JORGENSON Matteo219440▲221
4 NYS Thibau251472▲221
5 REUSSER Marlen182391▲209
6 VAN WILDER Ilan275482▲207
7 DINA Márton299498▲199
8 GRÉGOIRE Romain212405▲193
9 UIJTDEBROEKS Cian110282▲172
10 VERMEERSCH Florian308471▲163
11 HIRSCHI Marc141298▲157
12 MORGADO António230382▲152
13 VAN DER POEL Adrie177320▲143
14 CICCONE Giulio121259▲138
15 KRON Andreas345481▲136
16 VOLLERING Demi47182▲135
17 SAINBAYAR Jambaljamts234363▲129
18 VAN POPPEL Danny244370▲126
19 FETTER Erik278404▲126
20 YATES Adam61186▲125
21 LABOUS Juliette258381▲123
22 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin309428▲119
23 MERLIER Tim202317▲115
24 POWLESS Neilson111220▲109
25 POELS Wout130237▲107
26 NORSGAARD Emma259365▲106
27 ROJAS José Joaquín361463▲102
28 BÄCKSTEDT Magnus378476▲98
29 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao178276▲98
30 POPOVYCH Yaroslav342434▲92
31 SVORADA Ján351442▲91
32 PIETERSE Puck140230▲90
33 KOPECKY Lotte36126▲90
34 BARANOWSKI Dariusz201287▲86
35 KOOIJ Olav149233▲84
36 SKIBBY Jesper350431▲81
37 DEKKER Erik211291▲80
38 PHILIPSEN Jasper38116▲78
39 ROOKS Steven398475▲77
40 VAN EMPEL Fem180255▲75
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Gino Mäder is on top of the list sorted by most positions gained. The rider from Bahrain Victorious who tragically died after a crash in the Tour de Suisse is still in the harts of many fans. 
Figure 3. The number of riders active in decade in the favorite top 500 up to now.
  • 9
  • 17
  • 24
  • 41
  • 77
  • 154
  • 265
  • 370
  • 292
The favorite 500 is about your favorite riders from all time. The above barchart shows the number of riders in the favorite 500 active in a decade. 
Figure 4. The favorite500 ranking of only riders that are at least 5 years retired from professional cycling.
16 CONTADOR Alberto201731
29 MERCKX Eddy197823.7
310 CANCELLARA Fabian201622.8
411 BOONEN Tom201722.7
515 INDURAIN Miguel199618
621 PANTANI Marco200315.7
725 ARMSTRONG Lance201111.6
826 ULLRICH Jan200611.2
929 KELLY Sean19949.9
1032 HINAULT Bernard19869.4
1133 COPPI Fausto19598.5
1235 JALABERT Laurent20028.2
1339 SCHLECK Andy20147.4
1440 LEMOND Greg19947.1
1541 CIPOLLINI Mario20087.1
1643 FREIRE Óscar20126.7
1748 POULIDOR Raymond19776
1849 BARTALI Gino19546
1951 VOIGT Jens20145.4
2052 ZABEL Erik20085.4
2153 BETTINI Paolo20085.4
2254 MUSEEUW Johan20045.2
2355 DE VLAEMINCK Roger19885.2
2456 RODRÍGUEZ Joaquim20165
2557 ANQUETIL Jacques19694.8
2663 VOECKLER Thomas20174.4
2766 EVANS Cadel20154
2868 HUSHOVD Thor20143.6
2972 VINOKOUROV Alexandre20123.5
3080 DELGADO Pedro19943.3
3182 VIRENQUE Richard20043.3
3283 CHIAPPUCCI Claudio19993.2
3386 WIGGINS Bradley20163.1
3488 FIGNON Laurent19933
3589 ROMINGER Tony19972.9
3693 MCEWEN Robbie20122.8
3794 ZOETEMELK Joop19872.7
3895 VANDENBROUCKE Frank20092.7
3996 BUGNO Gianni19982.6
4097 MOSER Francesco19882.5
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It is logical that the ranking is biased towards riders that are still active, they simply get a lot of airtime. The above ranking includes only riders that are retired for at least 5 years. Alberto Contador is included into 31% of the list. Long time opponents Cancellara and Boonen received almost an equal amount of votes, same as Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. 
Figure 5. Voters age for Tadej Pogacar
  • 45.7
  • 44.1
  • 42.5
  • 39.3
  • 35.4
When we take a look at the age of voters that voted for Tadej Pogacar, we see a rather steady image with younger riders voting more frequently. Of all voters 50 years and older, 45% included Eddy Merckx in their list. 
Figure 6. Voters age for Eddy Merckx
  • 23.3
  • 21.5
  • 27.0
  • 31.3
  • 45.7
We want to thank you all for submitting your list in the Favorite500 and want to wish you the best wishes for the new year. 

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