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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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Jeannie Longo is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Chris Boardman is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Connie Carpenter-Phinney is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Steve Bauer is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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) 9 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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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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Thor Hushovd is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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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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José Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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) 19 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) 20 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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Jennie Reed is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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

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Paolo Bettini is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Michael Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Rolf Aldag is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 49 Rolf Aldag is a former professional road bicycle racer who rode for Team Telekom from 1993 to 2005. He raced in 10 Tour de France, 1 Giro d'Italia and 5 Vuelta a España. Prior to joining ...more

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Bob Mionske is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 55 Robert Charles Mionske is a two-time U.S. Olympic racing cyclist and U.S. National Champion. In the 1988 Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea, he placed fourth in the Individual Road ...more

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Peter Van Petegem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 48 Peter van Petegem is a former professional road racing cyclist. Van Petegem last rode for Quick Step-Innergetic, in 2007. He lived in Horebeke. He was a specialist in spring classics, one of ten ...more

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Antonio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Richard Virenque is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 48 Richard Virenque is a retired French professional road racing cyclist. He was one of the most popular French riders with fans for his boyish personality and his long, lone attacks. He was a ...more

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Thomas Voeckler is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Mario Cipollini is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Nelson Vails is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 57 Nelson Beasley Vails is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, ...more

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Oscar Goerke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
Died at 51 (1883-1934) Oscar Goerke, Jr. was an American cyclist who competed in the early twentieth century. He was born in Brooklyn and died in Maplewood, New Jersey. Goerke competed in cycling at the 1904 Summer ...more

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Jacques Anquetil is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Jason McCartney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 44 Jason McCartney is an American professional road racing cyclist for UCI Professional Continental Team Bissell. His 2004 Tour de Georgia stage win led to his being named the North American rider ...more

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John Allis is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Jean-Pierre Monseré is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Murilo Fischer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 38 Murilo Antonio Fischer is a Brazilian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam FDJ. Prior to moving to the Garmin-Transitions team in 2010, Fischer had raced his whole ...more

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Mari Holden is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Jean Graczyk is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Maurice Moucheraud is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Johan Bruyneel is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Matt White is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 43 Matthew White is an Australian former professional road racing cyclist. Currently White is working as a sporting director for GreenEDGE. White has also worked as a sporting director for ...more

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Óscar Freire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 42 Óscar Freire Gómez is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the world championship three times, ...more

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Thomas Frischknecht is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 48 Thomas Frischknecht is a Swiss mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, often called Europe's Elder Statesman of mountain biking, because of his extraordinarily long career at the top level of the ...more

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Léon van Bon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 46 Léon Hendrik Jan van Bon is a retired road racing cyclist from the Netherlands, who won the silver medal in the men's points race at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He won ...more

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Ken Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cycling
age 52 Kenneth Michael Carpenter is a retired American road bicycle racer and track racer, who represented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. He won the Men's 200m Match Sprint at ...more