Best Cyclists Ever

The Top Ten

1 Eddy Merckx

5x Tour De France - 5x Giro - 1x Vuelta
7x Milan-Sanremo - 2x Tour de Flanders - 3x Paris-Roubaix - 5x Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
3x World Champion.
I am going to stop here, because it's too much.
He was the best in a time of other great riders.
Climbing, sprinting, time-trials, descending, he could do everything and win by minutes.

His victories and how he achieved them will in all likelihood never be equalled.

Most complete cyclist ever, and above all, a true great person!

He won in one Tour de France the overall-, mountain- and sprint classification. Other ones have won all three classifications but not in one Tour.

2 Peter Sagan

Athletic ability is amazing! He appears to be a good person as well as his cycling abilities

Best complete cyclist, but not always smartest. (MSR...)

Brilliant. Exciting. Personality. Larger than life. Funny. Looks good in green. Amazing descender.

I'm in New Zealand and we get all the UCI men's cycling races on Sky. Just love Peter Sagan. He is just so cool and looks fantastic. From Sandra xxx

3 Bernard Hinault

Better than all the rest, racing clean

Last Frenchman to win the Tour de France and won it 5 times. Also won 3 Giro and was one of the most aggressive cyclists ever.

Best ever. Most exiting to watch.

My choise of best cyclist

4 Chirs Froome

When I hear his name The picture comes into my mind of him attacking his team leader on the tour.

Best rider of present, maybe he can win all 3 grand tours in one year. But this would be extremely hard.

Most complete rider of his generation and of this millennium.

Best rider of his generation, no other comes close

5 Lance Armstrong Lance Edward Armstrong is a former American professional road racing cyclist. At age 16, Armstrong began competing as a triathlete and was a national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990.

Seriously people, can anyone say for certain no one other than Lance Armstrong took enhancements in pro cycling? His critics, like Greg LeMond could have been juicing as well. No drug tests back in those days.
The France has stolen billions from American businesses over the years. The 7 titles they stole from Lance Armstrong should be returned to the man.

He was as juiced up as everyone else. He just had more heart, and more mental strength. Unstoppable.

This man, hands down, is the greatest cyclist of all time. The only fault you can hit lance with would be his only focus was the The Tour De France. He really did not put much effort into the other races. And if anyone believes that Hinault raced clean you are not very smart. He also was a huge coke head.

Who else has seven Tour de France wins? He played by the unwritten rules and beat his opponents mentally as well as physically.

6 Alberto Contador

I'm young (23 years old) but in this year I've never seen anyone like him. Always fighting. Amazing!

I think the best cyclist, his attacks are amazing

The most exciting rider in modern days.

Best cyclist in the past 20 years! Explosive on climbs best cyclist to watch best attacks!

7 Greg LeMond

Potentially the greatest of all time. Definitely the unluckiest. To have that much genetic advantage and talent and get shot. He picked the wrong team in 85. He entered his prime years during the giant technical leap in doping.

Probably the most amazing thing is he may actually be the only rider in the history of cycling not to dope. His behavior and performance and record (only 3 tour wins and 2 world championships) basically support that.

Since Armstrong's titles have been stripped he is the only American to win the Tour De France. He won it 3 times winning two of them after coming back from getting shot by his brother in law in a hunting accident. You do that you should be on the list.

Without the hunting accident that kept him out for those years, LeMond would have enough Tours and World Championships wins to easily be considered among the absolute best of all time...

LeMond had a much more successful career in cycling than Andy Schleck. He is also largely responsible for bringing pro cycling to the USA. He was an unbelievable talent in his time, equal to the Badger. If he hadn't gotten shot, he may have had 2 additional successful seasons with possible Tour and Classics wins. Doping in the peloton forced him out early.

8 Fausto Coppi

One of the all-time greats. Should be in the top 4 with Merckx, Hinault, Anquetil.

Great cyclist, however suffered from two things:

1. Had a severe and deadly disease AND recovered from it. Couldn't have done much better.
2. Suffered from 5 years forced break in World War 2 and probably would have won a few trophies there.

However, I still think he wouldn't be greater than Eddy Merckx even without these problems. He's just something else.

Best Italian cyclist of all time.
5x Giro, 2x TDF and loads of classic victories.

I'm agree with this sentence: "Merckx was the strongest but Fausto was the greatest"... but certainly Coppi was clean... hero

9 Miguel Indurain

Indurain won by sheer relentlessness and was all-round amazing, he was head and shoulders above the competition in his time.

Indurain was unstoppable in his time, his bodily statistics (VO2 max, lung size, blood pace, etc. ) showed that he was not only an amazing cyclist but an incredible all-round sportsman who could have dominated any cardio-sport he wanted.

Indurain was the gentleman, he won 5 Tour and 2 Giro and other races, but the difference with the others was his kindness with his rivals and his humility. He could have won more but he neednt it.

Should be higher on this list. Absolute domination of the sport for 5 years. And I completely agree with earlier comment, could've won at least another Tour if not two.

10 Jacques Anquetil

5 Tours de France, 2 Giros, absolute master of time-trials, a phenomenal cyclist.

His record of 9 Grand Prix Des Nations in 9 attempts over 11 years unmatchable. Dauphiné -Bordeaux Paris incredible

A great cyclist together with Raymond Poulidor duels are legendary

The Contenders

11 Fabian Cancellara

If you need to explain to someone why Spartacus is one of the greatest cyclists of ever, they just aren't worth your time.

Not only good at time trials, Cancellara is a dominant one-day rider and a threat in any one-day event he enters. The greatest one-day rider of his generation. Also, unlike most sprinters and time-triallists, is not useless in the mountains and can hold his own.

Most dominant spring classics specialist in modern cycling

Time trails and cobbles he is just about unbeatable. He can kick up a little sprint to so he must be the best

12 Andy Schleck

Don't think dopers should be in this list

Too short career, otherwise he would be ranked higher

One of the best climbers ever

Exciting to watch.
Nice person too

13 Sean Kelly

Incredibly tough, a sprinter who could also climb, a master tactician who reigned supreme in the classics but also podiums in the grand tour's and winner in the Vuelta. Name a more complete cyclist since Kelly dominated the 80s.

Strong, honest & super tactical in a race finish. Had to fend for himself most of the time, better team would have brought even more race wins

Top sprinter, time trial winner, Grand Tour Winner, Classics champion and world number one for half a decade in the Eightys. Incredibly tough cyclist.

Top of the rankings over a long period of time. Needed stronger team support, could have been even better.

14 Cadel Evans

His only fault was being clean. Should have more GT wins, if his competition wasn't doped up.

Won the most exciting Tour (2011) in absolutely courageous fashion, close second twice also and probably should have won those too, podium in all three grand tours.

Guy's a complete ass to journalists. Doesn't deserve it

World Champion of mountain biking (1998) and road biking (2009), and then he won the Tour de France in 2011.

15 Joop Zoetemelk

One of the greats of his time, a pure cyclist with a great personality to match. Could have been the most decorated Tour cyclist had things gone just a bit differently (6 second place finishes and 1 win! ).

Rode the Tour de France an amazing 16 times! One win, and 6 2nd place finishes

16 Mark Cavendish

He has tried so hard to be where he is today. Coaches have called him fat and said that he would never be able to be a pro. Well look where he is today. 25 Tour de France stages. World Champion. British Champion. Green Jersey winner. Over 100 wins in his pro career. The figures speak for themselves. Cav I respect you.

Fastest sprinter in the world he is unbeatable and he's the raining world champion

Mark Cavendish, 25 stage victories in the Tour de France, clearly the best sprinter in the world

Best sprinter. Enough said

17 Rik van Looy

Won all 6 great classics, no-one ever accomplished it.
Named "Emperor of cycling".

18 Roger De Vlaeminck

A great classic rider. Only Merckx won more classics.
De Vlaeminck ended 42 times out of 69 classics in the top 10.
Legend of Paris-Roubaix

Greatest classic rider

Very important rider of world s cycling

19 Alejandro Valverde

Incredible amount of weapons, sprinting, climbing, endurance

How can you not include Valverde in the top 5 riders of all time? He has 123 professional wins and in all of cyclings rankings he is always listed in the top 10. And he is the only rider presently racing who is listed in the top 10. There are only two riders in today's peloton who have more wins. Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel. And both of them are sprinters. He can do it all. He can sprint, climb, time-trial, descend and he is the best puncher in the world. Jens Voight better. That is a joke and I do like Jens, but really? I do not know who is doing the voting, but even pros think he is the best rider of this generation.

Finally podium in Tour he deserve it, now the world championship

Don't like him but he's a good cyclist.

20 Gino Bartali

He was stopped 7 years from races because of second war and because fascist regime don't want him to race outside Italy. He won Tour first time at less than 22 and second time at 32 with more than 30 minutes advantage on the second.

Not only the best of his era, in a career cut short by the war but he was a war hero too. A fascinating life story and exceptional cyclist.

He didn't race during 7 years because of war

A great man very strong cyclist whose duel with Coppi are legendary.

21 Jens Voigt

Funniest on most popular rider in the field. Has worked as a domestic all his career and is just amazing.

It seems he will go on riding 'til he gets 70 or so

At his peak he was better than the captains he served.

Love this guy...

22 Marco Pantani

He was a hero not a cyclist, arguably the greatest clymer of all time

One of the most talented and charismatic ones. And holding the last Giro-Tour -double

Why no list of his accomplishments?

The emotion he created, maybe no one else, never.

23 Vincenzo Nibali

The guy not only won tour but always up their. He has 12 podiums in the three biggest tours. Extereme hard worker not the gifted one but source of inspiration for hard workers.

Italian Shark! One of the big four

A rider who gives his all

Triple Crown (2 Giro; 1 Tour; 1 Vuelta); 3 Monuments; 2 National Championship. A spectacular rider with class and heart

24 Tom Boonen

Boonen is for me the best cyclist ever. Great sprinter very strong

Best Flemish rider of the late '2000's
Last Belgian World champion

One of the best one-day riders of the past 30 years.
3 times tour of flanders, 4 times Paris Roubaix, 5 Times E3 prijs Vlaanderen, 3 Times Gent Wevelgem, World Champion 2005, Green Jersey in the Tour,...
More then 100 victories so far...

No body ever won in 1 year ( but tom boonen did):
Paris roubix
Tour of flanders

25 Philippe Gilbert

How he has winning the world championships, just legendary amazing unbelievable, I have no words for it he is just the best cyclist I've ever know vote for him he's the man

He is just the best of the whole world, nobody can beat him!

He's just awesome
the most explosive cyclist ever


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