Ranking the top 10 male sprinters of 2021

Philipsen Cavendish Ewan top male sprinter 2021
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At the end of each season, we take a look back through every sprint of the season, rolling out the unique Cyclingnews points formula to objectively rank the top fast men of the season. 

Last year, Sam Bennett came out on top ahead of Arnaud Démare, Pascal Ackermann, and Caleb Ewan, but 2021 has brought a comprehensive shake-up at the top of the standings as only the Australian remains among the top five sprinters of the year.

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Our ranking formula
Race/race categoryPoints for 1stPoints for 2ndPoints for 3rdPoints for 4thPoints for 5th
Tour de France (and points jersey)250125755025
Giro d'Italia (+ points)200100603015
Vuelta a España (+ points)15080402010
WorldTour races (+ points)1207035155
.Pro races (+ points)754020--
.1 races (+ points)402010--
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#Rider (Team)PointsWins (.1+)
11Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious)8057
12Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka NextHash)7653
13Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)6706
14Elia Viviani (Cofidis)5807
15Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)5753
16Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic)5000
17Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert)4852
18Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)4651
19Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange)4250
20Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)4202
21Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates)4201
22Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)4008
23Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation)3900
24Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)3803
25Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep)3703
26Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)3659
27Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)3204
28Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)3151
29Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe)3002
30Alberto Dainese (Team DSM)2900
31Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep)2853
32André Greipel (Israel Start-Up Nation)2802
33David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)2750
34Simone Consonni (Cofidis)2750
35Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo)2655
36Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma)2352
37Martin Laas (Bora-Hansgrohe)2352
38Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-QuickStep)2350
39Kristoffer Halvorsen (Uno-X)2301
40Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels p/b KTM)2200
41Patryk Stosz (Voster ATS)2003
42Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabù)1851
43Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)1850
44Matthew Walls (Bora-Hansgrohe1602
45Timothy Dupont (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB)1601
46Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck-QuickStep)1552
47Cees Bol (Team DSM)1351
48Arvid de Kleijn (Rally Cycling)1152
49Niccolò Bonifazio (Team TotalEnergies)1101
50Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates)1001

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