Cyclists

Cyclists are the individuals who are engaged in cycling as a sport.  When considered a sport, bicycle racing consists of various categories of racing such as road bicycle racing, cyclo-cross, time trialling, track cycling, mountain bike racing and cycle speedway. Bicycle racing is an Olympic sport and is popular in several countries, especially in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. It is also a Summer Paralympic sport. International competitive cycling events are governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Bicycle racing as a sport is of relatively recent origins and developed during the later part of the 19th century. Riding a bicycle competitively is very challenging. Add to that the fact that bicycle racing is not as glamorous as other sports like football or basketball. Professional cyclists follow a rigorous training regime that includes several miles of cycling and endurance training sessions at the gym. They also engage in exercises such as running and hiking. Cyclists have to consume a disciplined diet that is rich in carbohydrates and proteins. Cycling is one of the most physiologically demanding sports and cyclists need endurance, speed, technique and skills to excel in this field. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous cyclists from all over the world.

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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

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 Chris Froome

Chris Froome.
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Famous As: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Birthdate: May 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nairobi

 3 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

 4 Peter Sagan

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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina

Peter Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer. He is currently associated with Bora-Hansgrohe, a popular UCI WorldTeam. Widely regarded as one of cycling's greatest talents, Peter Sagan has won several prestigious championships over the course of his career. He has won UCI Road World Championships and European Championship among many other contests.

 5 Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins.
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist
Birthdate: April 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ghent

 6 Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Isle of Man
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 7 Greg LeMond

Greg LeMond
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: June 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lakewood
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 8 Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx.
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tielt-Winge

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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 9 Geraint Thomas

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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist
Birthdate: May 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cardiff

 10 Alberto Contador

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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid
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 11 Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: February 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tunja

 12 Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: October 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Farmersville
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 13 Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: February 14, 2004

 14 Jan Ullrich

Jan Ullrich
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
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 15 Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: November 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Messina, Sicily, Italy

 16 Primož Roglič

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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: October 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trbovlje, Slovenia
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 17 Michael Shermer

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

 18 Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: September 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: February 28, 2013
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 19 Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde
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Famous As: Spanish cyclist
Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Lumbreras

 20 Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands
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 21 Tadej Pogačar

Tadej Pogačar
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: September 21, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Komenda, Slovenia

 22 Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: June 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Amand-Montrond, France

 23 Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault.
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brittany, 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. 

 24 Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: January 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kapellen, Belgium
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 25 Andy Schleck

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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Luxembourg

Son of cyclist Johny Schleck, Andy Schleck is a cyclist from Luxembourg who has been associated with teams such as Leopard Trek. The 2010 Tour de France winner has also been ranked second in the race twice. Following his retirement, he now owns a bike shop and a souvenir museum.

 26 Fabian Cancellara

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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wohlen bei Bern

Nicknamed Spartacus, Swiss retired cyclist and Olympic gold medalist Fabian Cancellara is a four-time world time trial champion. He also won both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix thrice. He had started cycling at 13, after finding an old family bike. He was also good at football and skiing.

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 27 Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans.
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Famous As: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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.

 28 Sean Kelly

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Famous As: Road bicycle racer
Birthdate: May 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carrick-On-Suir, Ireland
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 29 Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunvegan

 30 Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hoylake

 31 Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenepoel
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: January 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aalst, Belgium

 32 Graeme Obree

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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nuneaton
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 33 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

 34 Tom Simpson

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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: November 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haswell, County Durham
Died: July 13, 1967
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 35 Gino Bartali

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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: July 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ponte a Ema, Italy
Died: May 5, 2000

 36 Eric Heiden

Eric Heiden
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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 37 David Millar

David Millar
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: January 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mtarfa

 38 Dan Martin

Dan Martin
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Famous As: Road racing cyclist
Birthdate: August 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 39 Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marblehead

 40 Paul Sherwen

Paul Sherwen
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: June 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Widnes, United Kingdom

 41 George Hincapie

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

 42 Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arnstadt, Germany

 43 Phil Liggett

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

 44 Laurent Fignon

Laurent Fignon.
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Famous As: Road Bicycle Racer
Birthdate: August 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montmartre, 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. 

 45 Greg Van Avermaet

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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lokeren, Belgium

 46 Jacques Anquetil

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Famous As: Cyclist, 5 Times Tour de France Winner
Birthdate: January 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Aignan, Seine-Maritime, 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.

 47 Stephen Roche

Stephen Roche
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Famous As: Road racing cyclist
Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland

 48 Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher
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Famous As: Sport cyclist, Inventor
Birthdate: November 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland

 49 Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: October 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Menen, Flanders, Belgium

 50 Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: July 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Verviers, Wallonia, Belgium
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