Cycling after its ventured into being a competitive sport has brought in some of the best sportsmen in the limelight. There are a few places in the world that have a lot of passion for cycling. People from a very young age start to develop an interest in the sport. For example, in mississauga bikes are very common and you can see people using them on a daily basis. We have gathered some of the most celebrated road cyclists of all time.
Eddy Merckx was nicknamed the cannibal because of the way he used to beat his rivals. He was at one point considered the closest thing to perfection in cycling history. He won over five Tour de France, five Giro Victories, Two Vueltas. In 1969 edition of the Grand tour he won by capturing the yellow, green and polka dot jersey winning by more than 18 minutes. He said that it was the most difficult as he worked day and night, to the point he would require oxygen at the end of the stage.
Bernard Hinault, nicknamed badger due to his temper as nobody would dare to insult him or mess with him as he was a vicious man. His bossy nature and temper led him to win five Tour de France, three Giro title and two Vuelta victories. He completed five grand tours by batting a perfect score of 1.000 at Vuelta and Giro. He was one of the most dominating figure of cycling during the year 1980.
Fausto Coppi took home two Tour de France GC titles, Five Giro GC victories. Coppi competed in the classics with 28 one day road race victories. He was later banned for seven years due to the war and if he had given the lost seven year, he could have easily bet Merckx. But none the less he was the strongest at his game.
Anquetil was the first to reach the Five GC victories at the Tour de France, also won Five Paris- Nice and Bordeaux Paris. He was considered the Nostradamus of cycling due to his prediction, which led him to be under the scrutiny of the public his entire career. Due to his confidence taking over him, he quickly turned in public although, although he had a good career left a sour taste due to the allegations he faced.
Miguel Indurain entered the cycling world when performance-enhancing drugs were the rage and he came under the scrutiny of the public. He still was able to claim Five Tour de France GC titles, Two Giro GC titles. He was the youngest rider to have led a race in Spain at the age of 20. He also was an Olympic time gold winner in Atlanta. Even with all the allegation surrounding him, he was dominating the cycling world for five years straight. In the cycling world this is considered as having a ‘dynasty’ for the period.