2. Jacques Anquetil

Top 10 Amazing Cyclists of All Time

Former French road racing cyclist Jacques Anquetil was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times which he did four times consecutively from 1961 to 1964 after achieving the first one in 1957. He is noted for the ability to ride alone against the clock in individual time trial stages which earned him his nickname “Monsieur Chrono” and is the runner-up inductee in our list of Top 10 Greatest Cyclists of All Time. Anquetil achieved the bronze medal while riding for the French cycling team in the 100 km time trial at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won the Grand Prix des Nations title nine times in a row without being defeated. Anquetil was named by L’Équipe as “France’s champion of champions” in 1963, and appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite in 1965. He also received the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur on 5 October 1966.

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