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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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Jan Ullrich is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Jens Voigt is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Connie Carpenter-Phinney is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Alex Zülle is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Erik Zabel is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Eddy Merckx is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Jeannie Longo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 60
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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Chris Boardman is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Cadel Evans is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Steve Bauer is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Thor Hushovd is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Bradley Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Viatcheslav Ekimov is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Magnus Bäckstedt is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Marcus Hurley is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Jennie Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 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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José Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Thomas Löfkvist is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Louis Trousselier is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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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Benoît Joachim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 42
Benoît Joachim is a retired professional road racing cyclist from Luxembourg.

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Susanne Ljungskog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 42
Susanne Ljungskog is a Swedish cyclist. A four-time Olympian, she won the world road race championship in 2002 and 2003. The same years, she was UCI points champion. She has also won two World ...more

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Sylvain Chavanel is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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