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April 15, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
He’s long been regarded as one of the most talented riders in cycling but just how successful Peter Sagan is compared to others in the peloton has been explained in striking detail by the Pro Cycling Stats website.
Sagan turned professional at 19 years of age. He is now just 26 years old but has racked up a staggering haul of results. In his first year with the Liquigas–Doimo squad the-then 20 year old took two stages plus the points classification in Paris-Nice, a stage in the Tour de Romandie plus second in both the Philadelphia International and the GP Cycliste de Montréal.
He also netted two stages, the points classification, the young rider ranking and eighth overall in the Tour of California.
His results continued to pick up after that, with highlights including three stage wins in the Vuelta a España at 21 years of age, three stages and the points classification in the Tour de France at 22 years, and a total of four consecutive green jerseys.
He won Gent Wevelgem, Brabantse Pijl and the GP Cycliste de Montréal at 23, the E3 Harelbeke at 24, the world road race championship and the Tour of California at 25 and, this year, Gent Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders at 26.
As a way of explaining his rise in the sport, Pro Cycling Stats has compared his results at age 22, 24 and 26 with nine other key riders. These are Tom Boonen, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde, Philippe Gilbert, Fabian Cancellara, Cadel Evans, Joaquim Rodriguez and Chris Froome.
Pro Cycling Stats’s graph shows in detail just how successful Sagan has been.
The website has calculated the total of Pro Cycling Stats points (the points system the PCS website uses).
By 22, Sagan had amassed 3261 points. The next best rider of the ten, Vincenzo Nibali, had clocked up 904, with Philippe Gilbert on 608, Tom Boonen on 442 and Fabian Cancellara on 326.
Further behind were Contador (187), Valverde (75), Evans (32), Rodriguez (19) and Froome (18).
Two years later, Sagan had more than doubled his points total to 8026. Looking at the other riders’ results at 24, Boonen was next on 2316, followed by Gilbert (2293), Nibali (2093), Valverde (1734), Contador (1567), Cancellara (1356), Froome (264), Evans (167) and Rodriguez (144).
While Sagan’s momentum slowed between 24 and 26, he is still far, far ahead of the other riders at that point. He has 12374 points, which is almost double the age-related total of Boonen on 6748.
The others were, in order of their own totals, Contador (5133), Nibali (5075), Valverde (4870), Gilbert (3949), Cancellara (3255), Evans (1008), Rodriguez (852) and Froome (419).
Click through here to read more at Pro Cycling Stats, including a comparison of the number of race victories to the next best riders.