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.
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.
A 3-time Olympian, Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert is best known for winning the 2012 World Road Race Championships. He is also one of only 2 cyclists who have won 3 Ardennes classics. After representing teams such as the BMC Racing Team and Quick-Step Floors, he switched to Lotto–Soudal.
The son of retired Belgian cyclist Patrick Evenepoel, Remco Evenepoel too is a skilled cyclist in his own right and an Olympian. While he began his sports career as a footballer with Anderlecht, he later switched to cycling. He now represents the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team.
Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet was born into a family of cyclists, with both his father and grandfather being cyclists. The Olympic gold medalist has represented Predictor–Lotto and the BMC Racing Team, before switching to the French cycling team AG2R Citroën Team. He specializes in classic cycle races.
Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht was not just a national junior champion but also made it to the 2018 Vuelta a España starlist. The Lotto–Soudal member was just 22 when he died of internal hemorrhage after crashing into a concrete culvert during the 3rd stage of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.
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.
Retired Belgian racer Johan Bruyneel, who also managed the teams RadioShack–Nissan and U.S. Postal Service, has 2 major Tour de France wins, apart from a win at the Vuelta a España. He was later dragged into a doping scandal and was subsequently banned for life by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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.
Belgian bicycle racer Wout van Aert, who specializes in road bicycling and cyclo-cross racing, is an Olympic silver medalist and the 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup series title winner. He has also recorded multiple Tour de France stage wins. He is the nephew of retired Dutch cyclist Jos van Aert.
Retired Belgian cyclist Axel Merckx, the son of legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx, first gained attention after his 2000 Belgian National Road Race Championship win. He also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He now heads the Hagens Berman Axeon team as its directeur sportif.
Belgian cyclist Toon Aerts won the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup twice. A specialist in cyclo-cross and road cycling, he represented the UCI Continental team Baloise Trek Lions. He was dragged into a doping scandal after he tested positive for the substance Letrozole in January 2022.
Belgian cyclist Eli Iserbyt has been a 2016 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship U-23 level gold medalist. He has also won U-23 events at the 2018 World Championships and the 2017 UEC European Cyclo-Cross Championships. A specialist in cyclo-cross and road cycling, he plays for Pauwels Sauzen–Bingoal.
Retired Belgian cyclist Lucien Van Impe specialized as a climber and won multiple Tour de France titles, including 6 mountains classification prizes. He has also been successful in Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. Post-retirement, he has managed several professional cycling teams and now heads the UCI World Team Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux.
Born in the Soviet Union, cyclist Andrei Tchmil has moved across countries since childhood, living in cycling in the Soviet Union, Moldova. Ukraine, and, eventually, Belgium. He also competed for Ukraine at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. His wins include the Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.
Belgian cyclist Herman Van Springel scripted history as a 7-time winner of the Bordeaux–Paris marathon race and thus gained the nickname Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris. He lost the 1968 Tour de France by a 38-second margin but won the green jersey without any stage wins at the 1973 Tour de France.
Retired Belgian cyclist Walter Godefroot, who was a master of classic cycle races, was not just a national champion but had also won the Tour of Flanders and Bordeaux–Paris twice. He also recorded several Tour de France achievements. The Bulldog of Flanders later managed teams such as Astana.
Belgian cyclist Raymond Impanis recorded some major wins during his career, including the Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. A Tour de France stage winner, he hailed from a family of bakers in the town of Berg and was thus nicknamed Bakkertje van Berg. He competed for teams such as Alcyon-Dunlop.