Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time

Cycling is one of the most popular recreational sports in the world. In fact, if we set recreation aside, riding a cycle is pretty popular in itself. Fun fact: bicycles have been known to be used in several wars for moving soldiers or supplies, during scouting, etc. Japan even employed 50,000 bicycle troops in its 1937 invasion of China.


But, we are not here to talk about bicycle infantry. We are here to discuss the best cyclists in the world – athletes who have great strength and tenacity, and have used these to win several championships on one of the most popular, pollution-free vehicles in the world. Here is a list of the Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. Let us take a look at their achievements.

Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time

10. Lance Armstrong

Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time
10 Best Cyclists of All Time

Former American professional road racing cyclist Lance Edward Armstrong held the Tour de France titles seven times in a row from 1999 to 2005 but was later stripped of his achievements after a positive doping test, and is the 10th place holder in our list of Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. He started competing in national events at the age of 16 and became the national sprint-course triathlon champion twice consecutively in 1989 and 1990. Armstrong won the 1993 World Championship, 1995 Clásica de San Sebastián and won the Tour DuPont twice consecutively in 1995 and 1996. He won all of his Tour de France titles and a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the US Postal and Discovery team from 1998 to 2005. Armstrong raced with the Team Radio Shack, a UCI ProTeam, from 2011 to 2011 after which he declared his retirement from the professional circuit.

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9. Felice Gimondi

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Former Italian professional racing cyclist Felice Gimondi, nicknamed “The Phoenix”, was the second cyclist after Jacques Anquetil to achieve the title of all three Grand Tours of road cycling and is on the 9th spot in our list of Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. He is one of the only six cyclists to achieve such amazing feat and won the Giro d’Italia thrice, and achieved the title of the Tour de France in 1965 and Vuelta a España in 1968. Gimondi won Paris–Roubaix and the Giro di Lombardia in 1966, and won the UCI World Championshipss in 1973. A major cycle event held annually around Bergamo was named in his honor as “the Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi”. Bianchi also honored him while naming one of their high level framesets as the “FG Lite”. Gimondi is the current president of Bianchi cycling team “TX Active” which is specialized in MTB races.

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8. Sean Kelly

Top 10 Greatest Cyclists

Former Irish professional road bicycle racer John James ‘Sean’ Kelly is widely regarded as one of the finest classics riders in cycling history and is the 8th inductee in our list of Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. He was one of the most dominant forces of cycling world during 1980s. Kelly won a total of 193 professional races including nine monument classics in his active cycling career spanning from 1977 until his retirement in 1994. He became the first UCI Road World Cup winner in 1989, and achieved the Paris–Nice event seven years in a row. Kelly is also noted for his championship race victories which include Milan – San Remo, Giro di Lombardia, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He was the first cyclist to be ranked World No.1 when the FICP rankings were introduced in March 1984. He held the World No.1 position for a record six years.

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