If you ever had a chance to cycle or maybe are new to this kind of sports activity, this article will never leave you indifferent. Historical figures of cycling having impressed the whole world with their endurance, professionalism, skills and personal charm are worth knowing to each and every person who ever wants to engage in this activity. Thus, you’d better get your notebook and start writing down these names.
The World’s Greatest Cyclists
These are the men who do not need any introduction. Their numerous achievements, victories and triumphs speak it all.
Eddy Merckx is publicly known as one of the greatest cyclist this world has ever seen. This Belgian won the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia five times each and this is not to mention the Vuelta a España victory. His grand achievements gave him a nickname “The Cannibal” for having won 65 Grand Tours as well as 7 Milan-San Remo competitions. The total amount of his trophies greatly exceeds 500 making Merckx an unprecedented cycling phenomenon.
Bernard Hinault will always be remembered as “The Badger” who didn’t just conquer each of the Grand Tours, but also triumphed at Paris-Roubaix in 1981. He took the undoubtful victories at 5 Tour de France contests and won four out of the five Monuments in his lifetime that is a rare and impressive accomplishment so far.
Fausto Coppi, or as many call him “Campionissimo” having the direct and unquestioned meaning of the champion of champions. Coppi was a world hour record holder, world champion, two-time Tour de France winner and that is not to mention his unique ability to win in excess of 10 minutes. He held the first places before the outbreak of the World War II and right after it, as in between he was held as a war prisoner in North Africa.
Jacques Anquetil is among the six riders to win all three Grand Tours. He also became known for having consecutively triumphed at five Tours de France from 1991 to 1995. Anquetil was the fourth, and the last, to win Tour de France five times. His victories in stage races such as the Tour were built on an exceptional ability to ride alone against the clock in individual time trial stages made him known as “Monsieur Chrono”. What made him so exceptional was also a time trialing ability.
Miguel Indurain claimed five Tour de France titles and was the youngest rider at the age of 18 to win the amateur championship for cyclists in Spain. His endurance, skills, unique abilities and physical size as he is 6 ft 2 in tall weighing 176 lb guaranteed him a name “Big Miguel”.
These cyclists showed the world the power of persistence and hard work by winning numerous competitions and championships year after year. This makes them worth knowing and remembering for as long as the world exists.