Famous 20th Century Cyclists

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Eddy Merckx
(Belgian Former Professional Road and Track Bicycle Racer)
Eddy Merckx
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Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Eddy Merckx is a Belgian former road and track bicycle racer. Widely regarded as the most successful rider in competitive cycling history, Merckx achieved several important victories, such as 11 Grand Tours, three World Championships, and all five Monuments. He is also considered the greatest cyclist of all time. After retiring, he coached his national cycling team for 11 years.

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Greg LeMond
(Sport cyclist)
Greg LeMond
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Birthdate: June 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lakewood

Greg LeMond is an American former road racing cyclist and anti-doping advocate. Widely regarded as the greatest American cyclist ever, LeMond is a three-time Tour de France winner and a two-time Road Race World Championship winner. Greg LeMond is also regarded as an icon of the sport's globalization and is counted among the greatest all-round cyclists of the present era.

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Lance Armstrong
(American Former Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Lance Armstrong
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Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States

Lance Armstrong became one of the most inspirational stories after he survived cancer and went on to win seven consecutive Tour de France races from 1999 to 2005. He was considered one of the greatest road racing cyclists ever before he was stripped of all of his achievements starting from August 1998 due to his involvement in a doping scandal.

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 4 
Bernard Hinault
(One of the Greatest Cyclists of All Time)
Bernard Hinault
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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yffiniac, France

Bernard Hinault is a French former professional cyclist, often counted among the best cyclists of all time. He has 147 professional victories, including five in the Tour de France, to his name.  In 1986, he was given the Legion of Honour; he retired the same year. He turned to farming after his retirement. 

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Vincenzo Nibali
(Bicycler)
Vincenzo Nibali
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Birthdate: November 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Jan Ullrich
(Bicycler)
Jan Ullrich
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Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
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Jacques Anquetil
(French Road Racing Cyclist and the First Cyclist to Win the 'Tour de France' Five Times)
Jacques Anquetil
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Birthdate: January 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Died: November 18, 1987

Jacques Anquetil was a French professional road racing cyclist. He was the first person to win five Tour de France races. At the time of his retirement, Anquetil had won eight Grand Tours, which was a record at that time. He was also a controversial figure who spoke openly about his dependency on drugs to compete in races.

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Cadel Evans
(Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Cadel Evans
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Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Katherine

Tour de France-winning Australian cyclist Cadel Evans is also a four-time Olympian. His career took off when he earned a scholarship to the mountain biking program of the Australian Institute of Sport. An avid philanthropist, he has an adopted son from Ethiopia, along with a son from his second wife.

 9 
Laurent Fignon
(French Professional Road Bicycle Racer Who Was a Two-Time Winner of the 'Tour de France')
Laurent Fignon
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Birthdate: August 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 31, 2010

Laurent Fignon was a French professional road bicycle racer. He won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. He became the FICP World No. 1 in 1989 and also won the Giro d'Italia the same year. One of the most successful cyclists of his era, he won many classic races. He retired in 1993. 

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Sean Kelly
(Road bicycle racer)
Sean Kelly
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Birthdate: May 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carrick-On-Suir, Ireland

Of his 16-year-long stint as a professional cyclist, Sean Kelly has spent 5 years as the world’s number one racer. A specialist in classic races, he was the Paris–Nice winner for 7 consecutive times. Regarded as the second-best cyclist ever, he later had a successful career as a Eurosport commentator.

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Gino Bartali
(Cyclist)
Gino Bartali
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Birthdate: July 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ponte a Ema, Italy
Died: May 5, 2000
 12 
Stephen Roche
(Road racing cyclist)
Stephen Roche
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Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland
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Bradley Wiggins
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist)
Bradley Wiggins
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Birthdate: April 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ghent

British road and track cyclist Bradley Wiggins scripted history by becoming the first British racer to win the Tour de France, in 2012. Though born to Australian track cyclist Gary Wiggins, he was initially a fan of football but turned to cycling after watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.  

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Erik Zabel
(Cyclist)
Erik Zabel
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Birthdate: July 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, East Germany
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Beryl Burton
(Sport cyclist)
Beryl Burton
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Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: May 8, 1996

Legendary British cyclist Beryl Burton dominated the British women’s racing scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. Apart from being a 5-time world champion, she set a new women’s record for the 25-mile time trial, which surpassed the men’s record for 2 years. Her achievements inspired a radio play.

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Alejandro Valverde
(Road racing cyclist who has 131 professional wins)
Alejandro Valverde
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Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Lumbreras, Spain
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Eric Heiden
(American Former Long Track Speed Skater, Road and Track Cyclist and Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Eric Heiden
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Birthdate: June 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Eric Heiden is a former track cyclist, road cyclist, and long track speed skater. At the 1980 Winter Olympics, Heiden won five individual gold medals, setting one world record and four Olympic records in the process. The most successful athlete at the 1980 Winter Olympics, Heiden won more gold medals than all other nations except East Germany and Soviet Union.

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Danny MacAskill
(Sport cyclist)
Danny MacAskill
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Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunvegan

Danny MacAskill is a Scottish professional mountain bike trial cyclist who works for Santa Cruz Bicycles. MacAskill, who achieved popularity after showcasing his skills on YouTube, went on to feature in several commercials and promotional videos for brands like Leica Camera. Danny MacAskill is also credited for performing the stunts in the 2012 American action thriller film Premium Rush.

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Tyler Hamilton
(Sport cyclist)
Tyler Hamilton
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Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marblehead

Tyler Hamilton is an American former road bicycle racer who played an important role as a teammate of Lance Armstrong in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours de France. Hamilton is the only American to win one of the five classic cycle races known as the Monuments. In 2004, he was suspended for two years after failing a dope test.

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Phil Liggett
(Journalist, Sport cyclist)
Phil Liggett
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Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bebington, United Kingdom

English sports broadcaster Phil Liggett is known for his commentary of the Tour de France and other cycling events. Though he had fancied a career as a cyclist earlier, he later chose sports journalism instead. He is now a wildlife conservationist, who protects rhinos in a South African game reserve.

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Azizulhasni Awang
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Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

Malaysian track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, also known as The Pocket Rocketman, has both an Olympic bronze and silver in his kitty. Adopted as a child, he took up cycling at age 10. While studying sports science in Australia, he became the first non-Australian to get a Blue Award from Victoria University.

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David Millar
(Scottish Road Racing Cyclist)
David Millar
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Birthdate: January 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mtarfa, Malta

David Millar is a former racing cyclist who rode for the professional road bicycle racing team Cofidis from 1997 to 2004. Millar won two World Championship silver medals in 2001 and 2010. He also won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Since serving his two-year ban for using performance-enhancing drugs in 2006, Millar has been an anti-doping campaigner.

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Felice Gimondi
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sedrina, Italy
Died: August 16, 2019
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Paul Sherwen
(Former racing cyclist)
Paul Sherwen
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Birthdate: June 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Widnes, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 2, 2018

English cyclist Paul Sherwen was raised in Kenya, where his father worked. Initially devoted to swimming, he had even competed in swimming contests in Kenya and Britain but deviated toward cycling at 16. Part of the group of cyclists known as the Foreign Legion, he later turned into a successful broadcaster, too.

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Francesco Moser
(Sport cyclist)
Francesco Moser
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Birthdate: June 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palù di Giovo, Italy
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Joop Zoetemelk
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Birthdate: December 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
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Jens Voigt
(Cyclist)
Jens Voigt
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Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grevesmühlen, East Germany
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André Greipel
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Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostock, East Germany
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Tom Simpson
(Sport cyclist)
Tom Simpson
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Birthdate: November 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haswell, County Durham
Died: July 13, 1967

Tom Simpson was a British professional cyclist who specialized in pursuit racing. One of most successful and popular cyclists of Britain, Simpson is best remembered for winning a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 1965 UCI Road World Championships in San Sebastián, Spain.

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Graeme Obree
(Sport cyclist)
Graeme Obree
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Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nuneaton

Graeme Obree is a Scottish racing cyclist best known for using a bicycle which he had built using parts from an old washing machine. Obree won two World Championship gold medals in 1993 and 1995. He was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. His life was dramatized in the 2006 movie The Flying Scotsman.

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George Hincapie
(Sport cyclist)
George Hincapie
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Birthdate: June 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

George Hincapie is a former road bicycle racer. As a domestique for Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans, Hincapie played a major role in helping Contador and Evans win the 2007 and 2011 Tour de France, respectively. Hincapie was also an important domestique of Lance Armstrong. In 2012, George Hincapie admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs between 2004 and 2006.

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Roger De Vlaeminck
(Former Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist)
Roger De Vlaeminck
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Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eeklo, Belgium

Roger De Vlaeminck is a Belgian retired racing cyclist. One of the most talented racing cyclists of his generation, De Vlaeminck is best known for winning a gold medal for his country at the 1975 World Championships. He also won a silver medal in the same tournament. He was inducted into the Union Cycliste Internationale Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Dave Mirra
(BMX Athlete Who Set the Record for Most Medals Won at the X-Games)
Dave Mirra
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Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chittenango, New York, United States
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

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Marco Pantani
(Cyclist)
Marco Pantani
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: February 14, 2004
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Johan Museeuw
(Retired Belgian Cyclist Known as 'The Lion of Flanders')
Johan Museeuw
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Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Varsenare, Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Johan Museeuw, also known as The Lion of Flanders, was regarded as a master of classic races. Apart from being an Olympian, he was also a 3-time winner of both the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix. He also recorded multiple Tour de France wins.

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Sam Bennett
(Cyclist)
Sam Bennett
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Birthdate: October 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Menen, Flanders, Belgium
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Gary Fisher
(Sport cyclist, Inventor)
Gary Fisher
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Birthdate: November 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland

Gary Fisher is a cyclist who is widely regarded as one of the inventors of the present-day mountain bike. He is credited with co-founding MountainBikes, a company that specializes in manufacturing mountain bikes. In 1988, he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was named Founding Father of Mountain Bikes by Smithsonian magazine.

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Mario Cipollini
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Birthdate: March 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
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Bjarne Riis
(Bicycler)
Bjarne Riis
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Birthdate: April 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herning, Denmark
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Rik Van Looy
(Former Belgian Professional Cyclist)
Rik Van Looy
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Birthdate: December 20, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grobbendonk, Belgium

Rik Van Looy is a Belgian retired professional cyclist best known for winning a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He also won gold medals at the 1960 and 1961 World Championships. Nicknamed the King of the Classics, Rik Van Looy is ninth on the all-time Grand Tour stage winners list with 37 victories.

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Davide Rebellin
(Road bicycle racer)
Davide Rebellin
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Birthdate: August 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Bonifacio, Italy
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Freddy Maertens
(Retired Belgian Cycling Legend Who Was a 2-Time World Road Race Champion)
Freddy Maertens
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Birthdate: February 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Freddy Maertens enjoyed success in phases. While he initially won numerous junior races and went on to become a Belgian and world champion, he was later plagued by debt and alcoholism. However, he bounced back later with a Tour de France green jersey and a World Championship win.

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Fausto Coppi
(Cyclist)
Fausto Coppi
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Birthdate: September 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castellania, Piedmont, Italy
Died: January 2, 1960
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Modesta Vžesniauskaitė
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Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panevėžys, Lithuania
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Frankie Andreu
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist)
Frankie Andreu
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Birthdate: September 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dearborn

Frankie Andreu is a former professional cyclist who led the U.S. Postal Service cycling team for three consecutive years starting from 1998. Andreu's testimony played a major role in the eventual outcome of the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation of Lance Armstrong's doping practices.

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Raymond Poulidor
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Birthdate: April 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
Died: November 13, 2019

Raymond Poulidor, or Pou-Pou, was an acclaimed French cyclist who had a life-long association with Mercier. His lack of wins at the Tour de France, in spite of 8 podium finishes, earned him the tag of The Eternal Second. Born to farmers, he took up racing at 16 after reading a sports magazine.

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Ivan Basso
(Retired Road bicycle racer)
Ivan Basso
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Birthdate: November 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gallarate, Italy
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Robert Förstemann
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Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greiz, Germany
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Miguel Indurain
(Sport cyclist)
Miguel Indurain
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Birthdate: July 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villava, Spain
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Frank Vandenbroucke
(Belgian Road Racing Cyclist)
Frank Vandenbroucke
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Birthdate: November 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mouscron, Belgium
Died: October 12, 2009

Frank Vandenbroucke was a Belgian road racing cyclist. Despite his troubles with drug addiction, Vandenbroucke was seen as a bright prospect and a great hope for Belgian cycling. However, his addiction ultimately led to his estrangement from the world of cycling. Frank Vandenbroucke died at the age of 34 due to a pulmonary embolism.