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List of the best cycling Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous cycling event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic cycling Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest cycling Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best cycling athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

List is made up of many different athletes, including Lance Armstrong and Victoria Pendleton.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic cycling athletes?" and "Who is the best cycling competitor of all time?"
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Rebecca Twigg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 55 Rebecca Twigg is an American former racing cyclist, who won six world track cycling championships in the individual pursuit. She also won 16 US championships and two Olympic medals, the Silver ...more

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Chris Boardman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 49 Christopher Miles Boardman, MBE, is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, broke the world hour record three times, and won three ...more

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Jeannie Longo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 59 Jeannie Longo is a French racing cyclist, 59-time French champion and 13-time world champion. Longo is still active in cycling as of 2011 and is widely considered one of the greatest female ...more

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Jens Voigt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 46 Jens Voigt is a German former professional road bicycle racer for several teams, the last one being UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing. Voigt has worn the yellow jersey of the Tour de France twice, ...more

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Jan Ullrich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 44 Jan Ullrich; born 2 December 1973 is a German former professional road bicycle racer. Ullrich won a gold and a silver in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He won the 1999 Vuelta a ...more

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Steve Bauer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 58 Steven Todd Bauer, MSM is a former professional road bicycle racer from Canada. He is an Olympic medallist and winner of several professional races. He is the winner of the first Olympic medal ...more

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Alex Zülle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 49 Alex Zülle is a Swiss former professional road bicycle racer. During the 1990s he was one of the best cyclists in the world, winning back-to-back in the 1996 and 1997 Vuelta a ...more

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Cadel Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 41 Cadel Lee Evans AM is a former Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in ...more

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Connie Carpenter-Phinney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 61 Connie Carpenter-Phinney in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also won the gold medal in the cycling road race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, as well as twelve U.S. national ...more

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Thor Hushovd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 40 Thor Hushovd is a former Norwegian professional road bicycle racer riding for BMC Racing Team. He is known for sprinting and time trialing; Hushovd is a three-time Norwegian national road race ...more

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Eddy Merckx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 72 Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx, better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer, considered to be the greatest cyclist ever. The French magazine ...more

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Erik Zabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 47 Erik Zabel is a former German professional road bicycle racer who last raced with Milram. With over 200 professional wins he is considered by some to be one of the greatest German cyclists and ...more

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Viatcheslav Ekimov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 52 Viatcheslav Vladimirovich Ekimov, nicknamed Eki, is a Russian former professional racing cyclist. A triple Olympic gold medalist, he was awarded the title of Russian Cyclist of the Century in ...more

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Paolo Bettini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 44 Paolo Bettini is an Italian former champion road racing cyclist, and the former coach of the Italian national cycling team. Considered the best classics specialist of his generation, and ...more

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Marcus Hurley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 58 (1883-1941) Marcus Latimer Hurley was an American cyclist who competed in the early twentieth century. He specialized in sprint cycling and won 4 gold medals in Cycling at the 1904 Summer Olympics and a ...more

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José Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 44 José Bento Azevedo Carvalho is a Portuguese retired road racing cyclist. As of 2010, he is also a team manager with Team Katusha. During his racing career, Azevedo rode for ONCE-Eroski ...more

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Louis Trousselier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 58 (1881-1939) Louis Trousselier was a French racing cyclist. He was born in Levallois-Perret, Hauts de Seine in 1881; some sources say on January 29, others June 29. He died in Paris on April 24, 1939. He is ...more

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Julian Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 43 Julian Dean is a former professional road racing cyclist from New Zealand who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013. He last rode for UCI World Tour team Orica-GreenEDGE, where he now ...more

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Sylvain Chavanel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 38 Sylvain Chavanel Albira is a French professional road bicycle racer. His brother Sébastien Chavanel is also a cyclist. Chavanel started his professional career in 2000 with ...more

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Davis Phinney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 58 Davis Phinney is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States. He was a brazen sprinter and the star of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team in the 1980s and early ’90s, and is the ...more

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Bradley Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Arthur Roderick added age 37 Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE, nicknamed "Wiggo", is a British professional road and track racing cyclist who rides for the UCI Continental team WIGGINS, after leaving Team Sky. ...more

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Antonio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 46 Antonio Cruz is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who last rode for BMC Racing Team. In 1999 Cruz was the USPRO National Criterium Champion, and became ...more

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Michael Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 43 Michael Rasmussen is a retired Danish professional bicycle racer, who competed in road racing and mountain biking. His most notable victories include four stages of the Tour de France, one stage ...more

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Thomas Voeckler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 38 Thomas Voeckler is a French professional road racing cyclist who rides for the Team Europcar cycling team. One of the most prominent French riders of his generation, Voeckler has been described ...more

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Magnus Bäckstedt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 43 Magnus Bäckstedt is a former Swedish professional road bicycle racer. His most notable achievement in cycling is winning Paris–Roubaix in 2004.

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Mario Cipollini is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 51 Mario Cipollini, often abbreviated to "Cipo", is a retired Italian professional road cyclist most noted for his sprinting ability, the longevity of his dominance and his colourful ...more

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Thomas Löfkvist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Thomas Löfkvist age 33 Thomas Löfkvist is a Swedish former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for the UCI Professional Continental team IAM Cycling. He became the youngest Swedish professional road ...more

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Johan Bruyneel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 53 Johan Bruyneel is a former road bicycle racer in professional cycling and a former directeur sportif for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Retiring from racing in 1998, he became director of ...more

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Alex Stieda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 56 Alexander Nicholas Ernst "Alex" Stieda is a former professional road bicycle racer from Canada. Stieda captured five classification jerseys of the Tour de France, the yellow jersey, ...more

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John Allis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 75 John Allis is an American cyclist who entered into international cycling competition in the 1960s. He was one of the strongest competitive cyclists in the United States in the early 1970s, ...more

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Jennie Reed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 39 Jennie Reed is a World and U.S. champion track cyclist and Olympian. Reed won her first national titles in 1994 at the U.S. Junior Track National Championships held at the Marymoor Velodrome ...more

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Jean Graczyk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 71 (1933-2004) Jean Graczyk was a professional road bicycle racer who won two maillot vert points competitions at the Tour de France and has won several stages each at the Tour de France and Vuelta a ...more

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Miguel Martinez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 42 Miguel Martinez is a French cyclist specializing in competitive cross-country mountain biking. He won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia after having finished in ...more

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Jean-Pierre Monseré is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 23 (1948-1971) Jean-Pierre "Jempi" Monseré was a Belgian road racing cyclist who died while champion of the world.

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Walden Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Walden Martin was an American road racing cyclist who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was part of the team which won the bronze medal in the Team road race. In the individual road race, ...more

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George E. Wiley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 73 (1881-1954) George Elsworth Wiley was an American racing cyclist who competed in the early twentieth century. He competed in Cycling at the 1904 Summer Olympics in Missouri and won the silver in the 5 miles ...more

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Víctor Hugo Peña is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 43 Víctor Hugo Peña Grisales is a Colombian professional retired road racing cyclist. He last rode for the Colombia professional cycling team. In 2003, Peña became the first ...more

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Gerald Ciolek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 31 Gerald Michael Ciolek is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka.

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Fedor den Hertog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 65 (1946-2011) Fedor Iwan den Hertog was a Dutch racing cyclist. He won the Olympic 100 km team time trial in 1968 with Joop Zoetemelk, René Pijnen and Jan Krekels. He also won the national road ...more

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Gerben Karstens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 76 Gerben Karstens is a former professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands, who won the gold medal in the 100 km team trial at the 1964 Summer Olympics, alongside Bart Zoet, Evert Dolman, and ...more

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Tinker Juarez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 57 David Juarez is a former professional "Old School" Bicycle Motocross racer and current top mountain bike racer whose prime competitive years in BMX were from 1978 to 1984 and in ...more

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Sonia Huguet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 42 Sonia Huguet is a French racing cyclist who represented France at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was a professional rider between 1994 and 2005.

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Jaan Kirsipuu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 48 Jaan Kirsipuu is a retired Estonian road bicycle racer, living in Estonia. Kirsipuu initially retired at the end of the 2006, but participated in the 2007 Estonian championship, becoming time ...more

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Jacques Anquetil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 53 (1934-1987) Jacques Anquetil was a French road racing cyclist and the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, in 1957 and from 1961 to 1964. He stated before the 1961 Tour that he would gain the ...more

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Alejandro Valverde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 37 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte is a Spanish road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team. Valverde's biggest wins have been the 2009 Vuelta a España, the ...more

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Benjamin Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Benjamin "Ben" Jones was a British track cycling racer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1908 he won the gold medal in the 5000 metres competition as well as in the team ...more

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Alexander Vinokourov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 44 Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, is a former professional road bicycle racer from Kazakhstan and current general manager of UCI ProTeam Astana. As a competitor, his achievements include two ...more

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Maurice Moucheraud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 84 Maurice Moucheraud is a former road racing cyclist from France, who won the gold medal in the men's team road race at the 1956 Summer Olympics, alongside Arnaud Geyre and Michel Vermeulin. He ...more

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Mari Holden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 47 Mari Kim Holden Paulsen is an American cycle racer. She won the world time trial championship in 2000 after winning a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She also ...more

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Adolf Schmal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 47 (1872-1919) Felix Adolf Schmal was an Austrian fencer and racing cyclist. He was born in Dortmund and died in Salzburg. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Schmal competed in the 333 metres, ...more