Best Cyclists Ever

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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.

Simply the best The King, the best there ever was and the best there ever will be!

Merckx is simply the best because he won classics, world championships, stage races, criteriums and track events and was the most aggressive cyclist who defeated the best.

Someone once told me a sprinter told him in a Tour that he wasn't a complete rider. he could not win a flat stage. The following day, he beat the sprinters in a mass sprint. That is how complete a rider he was

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2 Peter Sagan

This man is a pleasure to watch ride he is so talented I don't think he even realizes it. His interviews are cool check him out

This is a Best Ever list right? Lol. Can we please wait until this guy win a major race first, geez. A very good sprinter at best. 104 on a Best Ever list would still be too high. - Los66g

Best complex cyclist player in the world!

Over 100 career wins. 3 World Championships in a row. Ranked #1 in the individual UCI World rankings. 6 Tour de France green jersey Championships. European Championship. Paris Roubaix Champion. On and on...
Not to mention one of, if not the most exciting and charismatic riders in the history of cycling.

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3 Bernard Hinault

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.

My choise of best cyclist - jmepa123

4 Alberto Contador

I think the best cyclist, his attacks are amazing

The most exciting rider in modern days. - jp27fcp

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

A real fighter. he would shake the race to make this sport better. You would not have time for a little nap after lunch if alberto is riding on T.V.. remember this, when he retires cycling won't be the same. Thank you so much Alberto winner of 3 TDF, 3 Giros and 3
vueltas, for all you have done for us in the last 12 years

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5 Lance Armstrong 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.

Serial cheat who has finaly been rightly denounced by sporting professionals. A disgraceful example of what it means to be a sportsman. Any list of greats that contains Armstrong is so flawed as to be meaningless

Even before his drug bust, or even had he been totally clean I should say (it was always obvious he was a cheat) I barely considered him a top 10 golfer of all time. He only starred in 1 event- Tour de France, while other greats dominated and performed year round, and did so at the time of the weakest overall field ever, facing no all time greats at all, and being carried by the strongest single team (U.S Postal ever). Now after his drug best he probably isn't even a top 100 cylcist of all time.

If they accused Lance because he had accomplished much in the Tour...how about those who made it to the top ten during Lance's time? Why were they able to follow and keep pace with Lance? Where have they got all the endurance to be as close to the man who is they extraordinarily powerful because of what they believe?

Best man

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6 Chirs Froome

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

He has accomplished great thing and will accomplish many more

Most complete rider of his generation and of this millennium.

Only rider of his generation to hold all 3 grand tours, has won 4 tour de France!
ran up a hill carrying his bike! whose done that

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7 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.

Miguel reflects the true spirit of cycling.

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8 Fausto Coppi

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.

Had to stop 5 years for the second world war and had to fight with Bartali. Coppi and Bartali are second and third after Merckx

Coppi won 7 great tours, a world championship, the hour record and many monument classics (5 times Milano Sanremo! ). He was the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War but he suffered from 5 years forced break in World War 2. His successes have been exceeded only by Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault but how many races he could have won without the World War 2 break?
The time gaps he was able to inflict to the man in second place were amazing, 15-20 minutes or more.
Coppi won his second Tour by 28minutes and 27seconds and the organiser had to double the prizes for lower placings to keep other riders interested. He have ridden only three Tour de France and won two.
If Coppi isn't the greatest rider of all time, then he is second only to Eddy Merckx.

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9 Greg LeMond

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.

True grit n

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10 Jacques Anquetil

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.

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

Winning a tour event is as much about the team. Winning a TT or spring classic is all about the rider.

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12 Andy Schleck

Too short career, otherwise he would be ranked higher

Don't think dopers should be in this list

One of the best climbers ever

A very good cyclist!

13 Sean Kelly

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

Best all round. Tour De France green Jerseys. Etc.

Would of won tour de france only for bad luck

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14 Cadel Evans

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.

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

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

An understated, versatile legend, and a physiological freak, who crushed a world-class (and partially doped) cross-country mtb and road fields as a junior- a key indication of a raw, natural talent. Unlucky that his road career happened to coincide with the worst streak of systemic doping in the history of the sport, but he stayed thereabouts (just) despite uncompetitive teams with his drive and ability to turn himself absolutely inside-out leave it all on the road. It was so nice to see him achieve success (worlds, TDF) towards the backend. With a level playing field, he'd have won 5 or more GT's, and be right up this list.

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15 Joop Zoetemelk

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

A rider to be proud of. CLEAN, and an absolute great sprinter.

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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 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

Should be much higher. Won the TDF 10 years apart and has many other major victories including the Giro D'Italia 3 times.

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20 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...

21 Marco Pantani

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

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

Why no list of his accomplishments?

The best climber ever!

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22 Alejandro Valverde

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

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

He came forth in the 2014 Tour de France.

D best

23 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
E3
Gent-wevelegem
Tour of flanders

24 Vincenzo Nibali

Italian Shark! One of the big four

A rider who gives his all

WON THE TOUR D' FRNCE!

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

Panache

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26 Joaquim Rodríguez

Best attacking climber nowadays

Most explosive climber I have seen

He won stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de France.

Not fair that he never won a grand tour #GoPurito

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27 Mario Cipollini

Very fast, good showman. Made the sport more popular.

28 Francesco Moser

Great allrounder... A lot of big victories, like Giro d'Italia - general and many stage wins, stage wins in tour de france, 3 times Paris Roubaix in 78, 79 and 80 and much more...

29 Alfredo Binda

Binda and Guerra, those were the days.

He is the greatest

30 Lucien Van Impe

1 Tour de France title and six polka dot Jerseys

31 Tony Rominger
32 Bradley Wiggins

I don't think he is the best overall but but his diverse ability on the road and track has to put him up there even if he wont be remembered as one of the greats

Bradley has just got the hour record which means he has beat everyone who attempted it so he is the best rider ever!

First brit to win the tour de France olympic time trail champion he's brilliant

I'd have put Bradley Wiggins somewhere near the top if not right at the top, which is where I would have put him... as I can't think of another cyclist who has achieved in many various cycling events as Bradley Wiggins. He's a brilliant time trialist and was the only one to have achieved 19.57 at Knowsley Safari Park (Tour of Britain) in wet conditions - remarkable!

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33 Jan Ullrich

One of the greatest cycling talents. Unfortunately grew up in the Iron Curtain period, which made him susceptible to all kinds of temptations. Physically great, mentally weak, physically and technically unbelievable.

Best cycling young talent of the 20th century, and still managed to come 2nd without doping on the same level as Armstrong. Probably was the greatest rider in his generation of cyclists if drugs did not exist.

5 TIMES SECOND IN TOUR DE FRANCE
HE SHOULD HAVE WON THE TOUR 5 TIMES WITHOUT ARMSTRONG

The greatest cycling talent ever. Could show up in The Tour at 85 kg and still end up 2nd! Would surely have won The Tour 6 times, had it not been for reckless cheaters like Armstrong and Pantani.

34 Nairo Quintana

2. in his first Tour de France, and won the white and the polka dot Jersey. He also won his first Giro!

He will become top 15 on this list in the next 2 years - kevinpedro

Best cyclist ever

He is a beast

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35 Felice Gimondi

How many races he would have won had Eddy not being participating.

Very regular during twelve years

36 Thor Hushovd

HE suck

Simply one of the best riders in the 2000’s. Good sprinter and with the victory on a climbingstage I TDF... just an amazing rider

37 Michał Kwiatkowski

Complete young rider, who can win in ITT's, hilly classics, sprints and fight on a climbs.

38 Geraint Thomas
39 Laurent Fignon

Best in the world

An amazing cyclist who's career was dogged by injury but when he was on form he was the best by far. He was the personafication of the word Panache.

A great cyclist and ferce competitor. Two time Tour winner Lost a third Tour to Greg Lemond by 8 seconds on the last day time trial. Closest finish in Tour the France history. Terrible sportsman with a vile temper. - Los66g

Double tour winner and beat Hinault easily in 1984

40 Pedro Delgado

Pure heart and courage. He won a tour of France. The next year he lost one because he got lost going to the start. He deserved to have won more

41 Rui Costa
42 Alexandre Vinokourov

The guy who really battled all the time. Never gave up

He wasen't even good when he was doping.

43 Ryszard Szurkowski
44 Thomas Voeckler

Tommy comes to play hard, its fun to watch him race, he gives it his all day in and day out-tribute to the cycling world, but not recognized like he should be.

Thomas Voeckler is one of he best cyclest on a bike. He has always given his best ride after ride, sadley though, he has been over shadowed by the dopers. Please look again at this rider and see what a true sportman looks like on a bike. He is fun to watch.

45 Peter Velits
46 Federico Bahamontes

First Spaniard to win the tour and won the king of the mountains Jersey six times

47 Erik Zabel

Won a record six green Jerseys in the tour

48 Louison Bobet

First person to win 3 consecutive tour titles

49 Hennie Kuiper

Hendrikus Andreas "Hennie" Kuiper (born 3 February 1949) is a Dutch former professional road racing cyclist. His career includes a gold medal in the Olympic road race at Munich in 1972, becoming world professional road race champion in 1975, as well as winning four of the five “Monument” classics. He rode the Tour de France 12 times, finishing second twice and winning the stage to Alpe d'Huez on two occasions. Kuiper, Ercole Baldini and Paolo Bettini are the only riders to have won both the Olympic road race and the world professional road race

Career highlights

1972: Olympic road race champion

1974: National cycle cross champion

1975: National cycle cross champion

1975: National road race champion

1975: World road race champion Yvoir (Belgium)

1976: Winner Tour of Switzerland (general classification)

1976: Winner Tour of France Bornem stage (Belgium)

1977: Second in the general classification of the Tour de ...more

50 Tejay Van Garderen

He is a savage. - kevinpedro

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