Top 200 of (ex)cyclists who were most in the news in 2012

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Who were the most talked about cyclists in 2012? The statistics were calculated over 143290 news items from 73 sources from all over the world. The number of podiums is also mentioned.

Marianne Vos (15th) is the only female cyclist in the database right now, but I am working on adding women results/riders in 2013.

Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal is only at 29th spot, while Andy Schleck’s poor year brings him still at 11th.

The cyclocross riders score well, because they reach podiums in almost every race they start.

newscount podiums
1 ARMSTRONG Lance 3698
2 WIGGINS Bradley 3264 19
3 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto 3073 10
4 BOONEN Tom 2930 20
5 CAVENDISH Mark 2913 21
6 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim 2650 21
7 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 2330 19
8 GILBERT Philippe 2033 5
9 SAGAN Peter 1581 29
10 CANCELLARA Fabian 1449 11
11 SCHLECK Andy 1343 0
12 EVANS Cadel 1338 8
13 MARTIN Tony 1317 13
14 GREIPEL André 1194 28
15 VOS Marianne 1179
16 NYS Sven 1073
17 SCHLECK Frank 1003 6
18 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar 994 6
19 FROOME Christopher 946 10
20 NIBALI Vincenzo 944 13
21 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel 879 9
22 KITTEL Marcel 856 17
23 GESINK Robert 820 2
24 RIIS Bjarne 808
25 DEGENKOLB John 794 21
26 LEIPHEIMER Levi 760 9
27 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 745 19
28 ALBERT Niels 724
29 HESJEDAL Ryder 706 4
30 PETACCHI Alessandro 651 11
31 DE GENDT Thomas 651 4
32 BRUYNEEL Johan 641
33 VOECKLER Thomas 640 9
34 TERPSTRA Niki 626 6
35 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon 602 10
36 CHAVANEL Sylvain 593 7
37 GERRANS Simon 582 8
38 WESTRA Lieuwe 580 12
39 HUSHOVD Thor 580 0
40 ROELANDTS Jurgen 576 9
41 CUNEGO Damiano 573 6
42 RASMUSSEN Michael 565 1
43 PHINNEY Taylor 560 7
44 FUGLSANG Jakob 555 6
45 MOLLEMA Bauke 551 2
46 SCARPONI Michele 528 2
47 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 526 1
48 PAUWELS Kevin 520 13
49 BOOM Lars 502 10
50 VINOKUROV Alexandr 493 1
51 MEERSMAN Gianni 491 9
52 BOS Theo 491 11
53 GOSS Matthew Harley 489 12
54 BASSO Ivan 472 3
55 KEISSE Iljo 472 1
56 POZZATO Filippo 449 2
57 RENSHAW Mark 448 11
58 RASMUSSEN Alex 448 1
59 FARRAR Tyler 446 9
60 BALLAN Alessandro 442 4
61 BAK Lars Ytting 425 2
62 VAN AVERMAET Greg 415 3
63 VIVIANI Elia 413 12
64 BRESCHEL Matti 408 4
65 KREUZIGER Roman 408 6
66 GUARDINI Andrea 404 14
67 STYBAR Zdenek 399 11
68 HINCAPIE George 383 0
69 VOIGT Jens 374 5
70 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto 373 8
71 ROGERS Michael 360 8
72 KRISTOFF Alexander 355 10
73 BOUHANNI Nacer 352 20
74 WELLENS Bart 351
75 BENNATI Daniele 347 7
76 MILLAR David 343 1
77 VAN GARDEREN Tejay 343 6
78 HAMILTON Tyler 340
79 ROLLAND Pierre 338 3
80 SIMON Julien 335 13
81 SWIFT Ben 335 11
82 POELS Wouter 324 5
83 HANSEN Lasse Norman 323 3
84 VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert 306 9
85 ALBASINI Michael 306 7
86 KESSIAKOFF Fredrik Carl Wilhelm 305 5
87 NUYENS Nick 304 0
88 TIERNAN-LOCKE Jonathan 302 13
89 MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel 296 9
90 MOSER Moreno 289 9
91 SÖRENSEN Chris Anker 289 1
92 MENCHOV Denis 287 4
93 THOMAS Geraint 284 4
94 VANENDERT Jelle 282 1
95 VANMARCKE Sep 281 3
96 POZZOVIVO Domenico 279 6
97 LANDER Sebastian 279 2
98 DEMARE Arnaud 274 11
99 DURBRIDGE Luke 272 6
100 FERRARI Roberto 271 8
101 MARTIN Daniel 268 2
102 CHICCHI Francesco 263 6
103 NORDHAUG Lars Petter 261 8
104 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 260 8
105 ULLRICH Jan 259
106 HAUSSLER Heinrich 257 8
107 DE KETELE Kenny 256 0
108 ROCHE Nicolas 250 2
109 PORTE Richie 246 7
110 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor 244 1
111 DEKKER Thomas 244 1
112 HOOGERLAND Johnny 242 1
113 MARCATO Marco 240 7
114 MONFORT Maxime 238 1
115 MATTHEWS Michael 237 5
116 VEELERS Tom 237 3
117 URAN URAN Rigoberto 236 6
118 LUND Anders 234 0
119 PINOT Thibaut 232 3
120 VISCONTI Giovanni 231 4
121 SCHUMACHER Stefan 230 10
122 ZABRISKIE David 226 4
123 COBO ACEBO Juan Jose 226 0
124 DUMOULIN Samuel 218 6
125 MODOLO Sacha 218 9
126 TEN DAM Laurens 209 0
127 VAN DER HAAR Lars 206
128 GASPAROTTO Enrico 204 2
129 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio 203 5
130 CLARKE Simon 202 7
131 DAVIS Allan 200 8
132 GALLOPIN Tony 199 4
133 VAUGHTERS Jonathan 199
134 REBELLIN Davide 198 10
135 HUTAROVICH Yauheni 196 12
136 VANTORNOUT Klaas 195
137 VELITS Peter 194 6
138 CATALDO Dario 192 3
139 NIZZOLO Giacomo 192 9
140 QUAADE Rasmus Christian 192 2
141 LANGEVELD Sebastian 191 0
142 LARSSON Gustav 191 1
143 LIGTHART Pim 190 3
144 GADRET John 189 2
145 CIOLEK Gerald 188 6
146 ENGOULVENT Jimmy 188 4
147 FEILLU Romain 186 3
148 DEVOLDER Stijn 186 0
149 STEENSEN André 186 8
150 PINOTTI Marco 185 3
151 MCEWEN Robbie 185 0
152 KRUIJSWIJK Steven 185 1
153 STROETINGA Wim 184 4
154 MEEUSEN Tom 182 6
155 DI LUCA Danilo 181 9
156 KROON Karsten 181 0
157 BARREDO LLAMAZALES Carlos 179 1
158 ULISSI Diego 176 6
159 CHRISTENSEN Mads 173 0
160 BOECKMANS Kris 170 4
161 NAPOLITANO Danilo 168 11
162 MEYER Cameron 165 3
163 EISEL Bernhard 165 1
164 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José 164 5
165 KREDER Michel 161 4
166 PEDERSEN Martin 160 1
167 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin 160 3
168 BLYTHE Adam 158 7
169 BARTA Jan 157 5
170 FENN Andrew 157 5
171 HOWARD Leigh 156 4
172 DEVENYNS Dries 151 0
173 BOLE Grega 149 1
174 REIHS Michael 149 0
175 LANDIS Floyd 148
176 GALIMZYANOV Denis 148 3
177 DANIELSON Thomas 148 2
178 HANSEN Adam 148 0
179 RUIJGH Rob 148 0
180 TIRALONGO Paolo 147 4
181 BRAJKOVIC Janez 146 3
182 KOHLER Martin 146 1
183 DE KORT Koen 144 1
184 BOARO Manuele 143 4
185 MOUREY Francis 143
186 WEYLANDT Wouter 142
187 NIELSEN Jacob 142 1
188 TAARAMAE Rein 142 7
189 JALABERT Laurent 142
190 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel 141 4
191 BETTINI Paolo 139
192 VACHON Florian 138 3
193 IGLINSKIY Maxim 138 2
194 TJALLINGII Maarten 138 0
195 MONDORY Lloyd 137 1
196 FREI Thomas 136 1
197 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS JONATHAN 135 3
198 BARGUIL Warren 134 9
199 MORKOV Michael 133 1
200 KELDERMAN Wilco 133 1

During 2012 new feeds were added to the database. These feeds do not count for the statistics above. The Armstrong case was later in the year and the Contador suspension news was early in the year. So newer feeds will distort the ranking.

There are some surprising Danish names in the list. I double checked, the feltet.dk website is responsible for that.

During the olympics there were some technical problems, about half of the feeds were not indexed. So Vinokourov and Vos could have scored better.

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