> One wonders why quite a few super-champion cyclists were tall
> compared to their compatriots: Coppi, Koblet, Merckx, Hinault (? was
> he tall?), Indurain. Of course, there were others who were of average
> height... but being tall does not seem to pose a handicap in cycling.
Hinault is relatively small, as were Bartali, Pantani, Saronni, Argentin... Height has very little effect on overall cycling possibilities. At most, it has an effect on what cycling areas one is predisposed to excel at.