Famous American Cyclists

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 1 Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong
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Famous As: Road racing cyclist
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.

 2 Greg LeMond

Greg LeMond
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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.

 3 Eric Heiden

Eric Heiden
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Famous As: Physician
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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 4 Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis
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Famous As: Racing Cyclist
Birthdate: October 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Farmersville, Pennsylvania, United States

Floyd Landis is an American former road racing cyclist who won the 2006 Tour de France before being stripped off of his title after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. In 2010, he revealed that many other top riders including Lance Armstrong had doped as well. His revelation helped accelerate the Lance Armstrong doping case.

 5 Glenn Curtiss

Glenn Curtiss
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States
Died: July 23, 1930

Glenn Curtiss was an American motorcycling and aviation pioneer. He is credited with founding the U.S. aircraft industry. He is also credited with forming the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company which merged with the Wright Aeronautical to form Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1929. Glenn Curtiss’ company played a major role in the years leading up to the First World War.

 6 George Hincapie

George Hincapie
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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.

 7 Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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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 8 Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
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.

 9 Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Michael Shermer is an American historian of science and science writer. He is credited with founding The Skeptics Society, a nonprofit organization that aims at promoting scientific skepticism. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the organization's magazine Skeptic. From 2001 to 2019, he was a major contributor to Scientific American magazine.

 10 Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher
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Famous As: Sport cyclist, Inventor
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.

 11 Major Taylor

Major Taylor
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 21, 1932

Major Taylor was a professional cyclist who set many world records between 1898 and 1899. In 1899, he became the first African American to win the sprint event at the world track championships and only the second black athlete to emerge victorious in a world championship irrespective of the sport.

 12 Frankie Andreu

Frankie Andreu
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist
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.

 13 Sepp Kuss

Sepp Kuss
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Famous As: Sport cyclist who finished 15th overall in the 2020 Tour de France
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Durango, Colorado, United States

 14 Tammy Thomas

Tammy Thomas
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: January 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi, United States

Tammy Thomas is a former sprint track cyclist who took part in the 2001 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, winning a silver medal in the individual sprint event. Thomas tested positive for THG when she was caught up in the BALCO scandal a year later. Subsequently, Thomas was banned for life from cycling.

 15 Allison Jones (athlete)

Allison Jones (athlete)
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: May 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States

Allison Jones is an American Paralympic cyclist and skier. Jones won a gold medal for slalom at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. Although most of her medals have been won at skiing events, Allison Jones also has a silver medal in cycling which she won at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.

 16 Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: December 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 1906

Tom Cooper was an American cyclist best remembered for his rivalry with Major Taylor. In 1898, he played a major role in the creation of the American Racing Cyclists Union. Tom Cooper was also an early automobile racing driver whose work with Henry Ford resulted in two high-speed race cars.