If you are a true blue cycling fanatic, then you should know these people, or at least some of them.  These are the people who are considered legends in cycling.

EDDIE MERCKX

Eddie “The Cannibal” Merckx – He is the greatest cyclist of all time.  Why?  He has a whopping 64 grand tours stage wins, 525 race victories.  He was officially declared a baron by the king of Belgium.

Gino Bartali

Gino Bartali – He’s won multiple times the Giro d’ Italia and Tour de France and is the most famous Italian cyclist pre-World War 2.  Aside from his cycling stints, he is well loved as the “Righteous Among the Nations”,  an award given by the state of Israel to non-Jews for his efforts to aid the Jews during the World War 2.

Fausto_Coppi_1

Fausto Coppi – If a list contains Gino Bartali, rest assured Fausto Coppi is there also.  They are the most famous rivals at that time, often in contrast with each other in somany ways.  Bartali was religious, hailed from the rural area, while Coppi was not religious at all, hailed from the more urban area.  Fausto Coppi often leapfrogged with Bartali in the competitions.  He is in this list of legends because, he was supposed to be a support rider for Bartali but won instead.

BERNARD HINAULT

Bernard “The Badger” Hinault – One of only six cyclists who won all three Grand Tours.  One of only two cyclists who won more than once on each Tours.  Lastly, he’s an arrogant badass who “raced to win, not pleased people”, but a legend still.

MIGUEL INDURAIN

Miguel Indurain – The revocation of Lance Armstrong wins, Miguel Indurain currently holds the record for most Tour de France wins.  He has won the Tour, and the Giro on the same year.  Due to his size, he is fondly called Big Mig. And despite his size, he still wins those cycling races.

Sean Kelly grits his teeth after winning the 1984 LigeÐBastogneÐLige. The podium for this race included Phil Anderson in second and Greg Lemond in third. 1984 was a wildly successful year for the Irish cyclist superstar. Kelly would accumulate 33 victories in 1984.
Sean Kelly grits his teeth after winning the 1984 LigeÐBastogneÐLige. The podium for this race included Phil Anderson in second and Greg Lemond in third. 1984 was a wildly successful year for the Irish cyclist superstar. Kelly would accumulate 33 victories in 1984.

Sean Kelly – When he was young, he rarely talked.  He was silent among his fellow students because he felt inferior.  His shyness continued to his racing career, despite winning and being on the spotlight.  Considered one of the most successful racers in the 80’s.

 

And lastly,

LANCE ARMSTRONG

Lance Armstrong – Despite annulling all his winnings, medals, some money and some honor, admittedly Lance is one of those who gained legendary status in the world of cycling.   Post cancer wins and the Livestrong Foundation, no lists about cycling should ever exist without Lance on it.

 

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