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, 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 Peter Sagan

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

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.

 3 Eddy Merckx

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

 4 Jan Ullrich

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

 5 Chris Froome

Chris Froome
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: May 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Chris Froome is an English professional road racing cyclist best known for winning two bronze medals in the Olympic Games so far; he won the medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In 2017, Froome won a bronze medal at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway. Froome has won many prestigious awards, such as the Vélo d'Or.

 6 Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault
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Famous As: Cyclist
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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 7 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.

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 8 Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wohlen, Switzerland

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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 9 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.

 10 Gino Bartali

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
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 11 Jacques Anquetil

Jacques Anquetil
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Famous As: Road racing cyclist
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.

 12 Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas
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Famous As: Sport Cyclist Who Won Two Olympic Gold Medals (2008 and 2012)
Birthdate: May 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Welsh racing cyclist Geraint Thomas is a 2-time Olympic gold medal winner, apart from being a 3-time world champion and the 2018 Tour de France winner. Starting cycling at age 10, he is now an OBE and has also bagged numerous endorsement deals, such as the one with Continental Tyres.

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 13 Vincenzo Nibali

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

 14 Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly
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Famous As: Road bicycle racer
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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 15 Laurent Fignon

Laurent Fignon
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Famous As: Road Bicycle Racer
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. 

 16 Stephen Roche

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

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

 18 Greg Van Avermaet

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

 19 Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist
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.  

 20 Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi
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Famous As: Racecar driver who won the CART championship in 1997 and 1998, and took 15 wins in the series, paracyclist
Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

One of Italy’s best-known paracyclists and race car drivers, Alex Zanardi has four Paralympic gold medals in his kitty, apart from his 12 World Championship gold medals. Following a 2001 race car accident, he lost both his legs. The former Formula One racer has won CART Championships, too.

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 21 Primož Roglič

Primož Roglič
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: October 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trbovlje, Slovenia

 22 Raymond Poulidor

Raymond Poulidor
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Famous As: Cyclist
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.

 23 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

 24 Tom Boonen

Tom Boonen
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: October 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mol, Belgium

 25 Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde
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Famous As: Road racing cyclist who has 131 professional wins
Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Lumbreras, Spain

 26 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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 27 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.

 28 Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana
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Famous As: Sport cyclist who won the 2010 Tour de l'Avenir and finished second in the 2013 Tour de France
Birthdate: February 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cómbita, Colombia
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 29 Beryl Burton

Beryl Burton
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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.

 30 Erik Zabel

Erik Zabel
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: July 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, East Germany
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 31 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.

 32 Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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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 33 Julian Alaphilippe

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

French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe is the brother of another prominent cyclist, Bryan Alaphilippe. The son of an orchestra conductor, he loved playing the drums as a child, but switched to cycling at age 13. Named France’s best sportsman more than once, he is the current UCI World Road Champion.

 34 Tom Simpson

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

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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 35 Azizulhasni Awang

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

 36 Richard Virenque

Richard Virenque
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Known for his boyish looks and his reputation as a mountain climber, Richard Virenque is a three-time Olympian who has also won the Tour de France King of the Mountains contest 7 times. He was involved in the Festina doping scandal, and though he wasn’t implicated, he later admitted to doping.

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 37 Francesco Moser

Francesco Moser
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: June 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palù di Giovo, Italy

 38 David Millar

David Millar
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Famous As: Retired road racing cyclist
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.

 39 Laurent Jalabert

Laurent Jalabert
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mazamet, France

Known as Jaja, for his love for wine, Laurent Jalabert is a former world number one cyclist from France, who, unfortunately, never won a Tour de France title. With his Vuelta a España win in 1995, he became the second cyclist, after Eddy Merckx, to win three jerseys in a Grand Tour.

 40 Felice Gimondi

Felice Gimondi
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sedrina, Italy
Died: August 16, 2019

 41 Remco Evenepoel

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

 42 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.

 43 Andy Schleck

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

 44 Joop Zoetemelk

Joop Zoetemelk
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: December 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

 45 Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: August 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hoylake, Cheshire, England

One of Britain’s greatest cyclists, Chris Boardman is an Olympic gold medalist and has three Tour de France stage wins in his kitty. Nicknamed The Professor, for his preparation for his races, he now produces cycles under the brands Boardman Bikes and Boardman Elite. He is also Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner.

 46 André Greipel

André Greipel
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostock, East Germany

 47 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.

 48 Graeme Obree

Graeme Obree
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
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.

 49 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.

 50 Roger De Vlaeminck

Roger De Vlaeminck
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Famous As: Racing cyclist
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eeklo, Belgium