Now a day’s cycling is a popular sport. Its popularity has spread across the world. So many people play this game professionally. These are the Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. They are remarkable for their performance. So let’s have a look on this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
1. Eddy Merckx: There is no doubt that Eddy Merckx is the greatest cyclist in history of cycling. The Belgian is apparently the most decorated of all cyclists in terms of winning tournaments and titles. He has five Tour de France titles. He is one of the five cyclists who have won five more titles in this Grand Tour. His nickname is “The Cannibal” and also won five Giro d’Italia titles. He is the only cyclist who has won five titles both of these Grand Tours. He also won Tour of Spain. Merckx has a record in the monument classics, the five oldest and most prestigious one-day race of cycling. So, doubtlessly Eddy Merckx is in the 1st position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
2. Bernard Hinault: Like Merckx, French cyclist Bernard Hinault also has five Tour de France titles and won the other two Grand Tours too. He is only cyclist who has won all three Grand Tours at least twice during his career. He has won 28 stages in total, just behind Merckx record 34. Hinault was known as Le Blaireau has 3 Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana titles to his name. Bernard Hinault is in the 2nd position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
3. Jacqes Anquetil: The 3rd position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time belongs to the Jacques Anquetil. He was another legendary entertainer of cycling. He is the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times and the first rider to complete victories in all three Grand Tours including two Giro d’Italia and a Vuelta a Espana titles. Well-known for his outstanding ability to maintain almost same speed throughout the stages of stage race competitions. In 1960s he became the first Frenchman to win the Tour de Italy. His exceptional stamina made him one of the Greats.
4. Fausto Coppi: Coppi was known as “II Campionissimo”, Fausto Coppi’s rise in world cycling is often marked as the begging of the golden years of world bicycle racing. The two-time Tour de France winner’s dominance in the world cycling started before the break out of World War II and continued after the war as well. He is one of the three cyclists who have five Giro d’Italia titles to their credit. Coppi has won the World Championship title in 1953 and his victories in nine monuments include five Giro d’ Lombardia titles. He is in the 4th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
5. Lance Armstrong: Lance Armstrong is the latest legend of the world cycle racing. The American cyclist graced the world cycling with a record seven successive victories in Tour de France, the most prestigious of three Grand Tours. Armstrong’s greatness as a cycle racer would only be increased by putting in the fact that he had to survive atesticular Cancer, diagnosed in 1996, and undergo brain and testicular surgeries and take chemotherapy before accomplishing his Tour de France successes. He is mostly known as a “The Boss”. He received so many awards such as Sportsman of the Year award by Sports Illustrated magazine in 2002, BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality award in 2003, ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete by ESPN four times (from 2003 to 2006), and many more. He is in the 5th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
6. Miguel Indurain: The most dominating figure of world cycling in 1990’s. He became the first cyclist in the history to win the Tour de France title in five successive years from 1991 to 1995. His two Giro d’Italia titles came in 1992 and 1993. In 1994 he set up an hour record of 53.040 kilometers. He was known as “Miguelon” or “Big Mig” referring his 6’2’’ height. Miguel Indurian is in the 6th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
7. Gino Bartali: The first star cyclist from Italy, Bartali shot to fame in the preceding years of World War II. He won Giro d’Italia in 1936 and 1937 before winning the first of his two Tour de France titles in 1938. After war, he won his last Giro d’Italia, dfeating biggest rival Coppi. His second and last Tour d France title came in 1948 with which heregistered a record for the largest gap between victories in this tournament. Rivalry between Bartali and Coppi was so famous. He is in the 7th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
8. Felice Gimondi: The 8th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time belongs to the Felice Gimondi. He is another great cyclist from Italy. Gimondi won all three Grand Tours during his successful career which is decorated with one Tour de France, one Vuelta a Espana and three Giro d’Italia ttles, all but 1976 Giro winning in 1960’s. He took little time to prove his talent ashe clinched his only Tour de france title in 1965, the year he turned professional. He was well known as “The Phoenix”. Felice Gimondi is in the 8th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
9. Sean Kelly: Sean Kelly is well-known for his successes in the classic events, rather than Grand Tour successes. He accomplished nine victories in monuments and his achievements in classic cycle races made him one of the all time greats of classics. He won all the monument classics at least twice, barring the Tour de Flanders, the only monument he could never win. His only Grand Tour success came in 1988 vuelta a Espana. He was no. 1 cyclist in FICP rankings, introduced in1984 and remained no. 1 for six years, a record still holds. Sean Kelly is in the 9th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.
10. Laurent Fignon: The French cyclist was a prominent figure of cycle in the 1980’s. Laurent Fignon won the first of his two Tour de France title in 1983, just a year after turning professional. He continued his success in the Tour the following as well. His only Giro d’Italia success came in 1989. He accomplished two monument classics, both in Milan-San Remo, in 1988 and 1989. Fignon is in the 10th position of this Top 10 Greatest Cyclist of All Time.