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Ranking the top 10 male sprinters of 2020

Ranking the top 10 male sprinters of 2020

At the end of a truncated and interrupted 2020 season, four sprinters have emerged as the best of the best in the men’s peloton, racking…

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At the end of a truncated and interrupted 2020 season, four sprinters have emerged as the best of the best in the men’s peloton, racking up 37 wins between them, including 10 Grand Tour sprint stages.

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) lead our table of top sprinters, which has seen a decisive shake-up compared to last year.

That the fifth-placed rider on our list has one win in 2020 and not from a mass sprint, only illustrates the gap between the top four riders and the rest.

The impact of the shortened season is also evident, with the top of the table garnering 800 points fewer than last year’s winner, while relatively few sprint stages at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España (four apiece) also had an effect.

Our tweaked points system from 2019 remains, with more weight given to Tour de France results over the other Grand Tours, while results from the WorldTour down to .1-level events are awarded points on a sliding scale.

With this being a sprinters-only ranking, we’ve done our best to cut out results that weren’t from large bunch sprints. For example, Mathieu van der Poel’s Tour of Flanders triumph and Peter Sagan’s solo Giro stage win do not count, while points classification wins are also out of the equation.

That method changed little at the top, with Sam Bennett succeeding Caleb Ewan as the top sprinter of the season. The Irishman is a full WorldTour stage win ahead […]

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