Letter from the editor
Unsurprisingly, last week’s feature on the 40 most important cyclists of all time drew quite a reaction. That is, after all, part of the fun of these things. As I said last week, we struggled to agree in the CW office, so didn’t expect anyone to say we got the whole list spot on.
Here’s a couple of responses. Nigel Thurling wrote: “Eddy Merckx only 20th?! Really? Great magazine (usually!)” I’ll take that last bit as a tongue-in-cheek comment.
David Ludgate said: “As I turned the pages towards the last few I was pleased that Miguel Indurain was going to be where he deserved: in the top three. But not to be included in the top 40! How can that be right under any rules?”
Indurain was a hero to many (myself included, although I only realised how much I liked him as a rider when he was beaten in ’96) but to be important, a rider has to have a lasting legacy. They have to have changed the sport in some way. Indurain and Merckx were undoubtedly great riders who inspired us but to be important is different. That’s why this list was so hard, but fun, to compile.
Interestingly, not one person has got in touch to disagree with Fausto Coppi at number one. At least we can all agree on that.
Cycling Weekly magazine editor
In this week’s Cycling Weekly
News Geraint Thomas starts his season in Spain
Feature Lizzie Deignan on her return to the peloton
Feature Eeva Sarlin’s incredible rise through the ranks
Tech Why SRAM 12-speed isn’t just an extra cog
Tech BMC Roadmachine put through his paces
Tech Grouptest: Training wheels
Feature Couples who ride together stay together
Fitness How one rider overcame the odds to find his focus
Cycling Weekly magazine February 14 2019 issue, on sale from Thursday priced £3.25