Crunching the numbers: How does Chris Froome compare with cycling’s greats?

How does Chris Froome compare with cycling’s greats after his most successful season yet?

Chris Froome at the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

There was a neat symmetry to the press conferences that bookended Chris Froome’s victory in the Vuelta a España.

In the dusty, sun-baked arena of Nîmes’ amphitheatre, Froome was asked to comment on Eddy Merckx’s assertion that the Briton could not be considered one of the greatest riders of all time because he has never been in the hunt for a one-day Classic, let alone triumphed in one of them.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.