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The 20 Greatest Road Cyclists of All Time

In the cycling history, there are great cyclists who print their names to the cycling glory wall with gold letters. Each taking place on this list owing to their different talents and achievements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
 updated by Mehmet Kaplan
Greatest Road Cyclists of All Time

Greatest Road Cyclists of All Time

Some of them for grand tours they won, some for daily races they won, some for legendary slopes they climbed, some for sprint victories they won with only 10 cm front of the others, and some for their peloton behaviors and leadership.

Come, let's take a look at the most important figures that come to my mind in while talking about road cycling.

The 20 Greatest Road Cyclists of All Time

Eddy Merckx
Eddy Merckx
BelgiumBelgium
Belgian, cycling legend. You can also describe him as the most winning cyclist in history, or the cyclist who has won everything. With 11 Grand Tour victories and many classic and stage races, Eddy Merckx can be considered the greatest cyclist in cycling history.
Bernard Hinault
Bernard Hinault
FranceFrance
He is the most famous French cyclist in cycling history. In the late 1970s and early 80s, he became the most successful general classification rider of grand tours. He won the Tour de France in 1985 and is the last French cyclist to win the Tour de France. He has 10 grand tour victories in his career.
Fausto Coppi
Fausto Coppi
ItalyItaly
He was the most successful cyclist of the first years after World War II. Italian legend Fausto Coppi is known as 'Champion of Champions'. He has won 5 times Giro d'Italia and 2 times Tour de France. In addition to grand tour victories, there were many classic racing victories, including Paris-Roubaix and La Flèche Wallonne.
Jacques Anquetil
Jacques Anquetil
FranceFrance
The most successful cyclist of the early 1960s. The French cyclist Jacques Anquetil is the winner of a total of 8 Grand Tours. He is a member of the rare 5s club, winning the Tour de France 5 times. Jacques Anquetil was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France 5 times. During the 1961 Tour de France, he wore the yellow jersey on the first day of the tour and won the round without losing. In addition to his grand tour success, he broke the Hour Record in 1956 and was thus nicknamed "Monsieur Chrono".
Miguel Induráin
Miguel Induráin
SpainSpain
Miguel Induráin is the most successful cyclist of his era, dominating the Tour de France in the first half of the 1990s. He is a member of the rare 5s club, winning the Tour de France 5 times and is the only cyclist to win 5 consecutive times. The Spanish cyclist has a total of 7 Grand Tours title and ranks fourth among cyclists who have most grand tours titles.
Gino Bartali
Gino Bartali
ItalyItaly
While he might have been the greatest cyclist in history, Gino Bartali completed his career with far fewer victories than he could have won due to the outbreak of World War II and the painful effects on the world. He is the most important climber of the 30s and 40s. In addition to his general classification victories, he has won nine times grand tour climb jerseys. Bartali, who won the Tour de France twice and the Giro d'Italia three times, is the most important cyclist of his era. Bartali, who won many classics before and after the war, also has 29 grand tour stages.
Chris Froome
Chris Froome
Great BritainGreat Britain
Chris Froome is arguably the most important and most successful general classification cyclist of the 2010s. With 7 Grand Tour victories, he has become one of the most successful cyclists in history. He is a member of the unique club that also won all 3 Grand Tours. Chris Froome has managed to stand in front of all other cyclists in his era as well as his time-trial and climbing skills.
Greg LeMond
Greg LeMond
United StatesUnited States
Greg LeMond is an American cyclist who has won two World Road Bike Championships and three times a Tour de France. He is considered by many authorities to be the most successful American cyclist. Greg LeMond, the most successful cyclist of the second half of the 1980s, is an entrepreneur and anti-doping advocate.
Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali
ItalyItaly
He is the most successful Italian cyclist of the 2010s. He has won 4 grand tours and all of 3 grand tours, and he has written his name on cycling history. Nibali, who was nicknamed Messina Shark for his ambition and aggression, has achieved great successes in weekly races and classics as well as grand tour wins. He is currently one of the two cyclists in the active peloton with Chris Froome, who has won all three grand tours.
Tom Boonen
Tom Boonen
BelgiumBelgium
Peter Sagan
Peter Sagan
SlovakiaSlovakia
Laurent Fignon
Laurent Fignon
FranceFrance
Stephen Roche
Stephen Roche
IrelandIreland
Joop Zoetemelk
Joop Zoetemelk
NetherlandsNetherlands
Bernard Thévenet
Bernard Thévenet
FranceFrance
Raymond Poulidor
Raymond Poulidor
FranceFrance
Louison Bobet
Louison Bobet
FranceFrance
Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish
Great BritainGreat Britain
Fabian Cancellara
Fabian Cancellara
SwitzerlandSwitzerland
Luis Ocaña
Luis Ocaña
SpainSpain