Athletes List of Famous Cyclists

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List of the most notable and famous cyclists in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent cyclists worldwide and top cyclists in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable cyclists to the lesser known cyclists in history and today, these are the top cyclists in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous cyclists in the world?". This list is made up of people like Aaron Olsen and Niklas Axelsson. You may copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (643 Items)

Marshall Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial ...more

Tom Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Thomas "Tom" or "Tommy" Simpson was one of Britain's most successful professional cyclists. He was born in Haswell, County Durham and later moved to Harworth, ...more

Pedro Delgado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Pedro Delgado Robledo, also known as Perico, is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer. He won the 1988 Tour de France, as well as the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1989. Delgado ...more

Viatcheslav Ekimov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Marco Pantani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Marco Pantani was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely considered one of the best climbers of his era in professional road bicycle racing. He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia ...more

Chris Witty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Christine Diane "Chris" Witty is an American speed skater and racing cyclist and participated in the Olympic Games in both sports. She won medals at both 1000 and 1500 meters in the ...more

Fausto Coppi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Angelo Fausto Coppi, was the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions. He was ...more

Antonio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Jurgen Van Den Broeck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Jurgen Van Den Broeck Jurgen Van den Broeck is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Soudal. He specializes in the time trial, having been Junior World Champion against the clock in 2001. ...more

John Forester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
John F. Forrester is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.

Miguel Indurain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Miguel Indurain Larraya is a retired Spanish road racing cyclist. Indurain won five consecutive Tours de France from 1991 to 1995, the fourth, and last, to win five times. He won the Giro ...more

Jan Ullrich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Alberto Contador is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Alberto Contador Velasco is a Spanish professional cyclist, one of six riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling. He was the winner of the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery ...more

Missy Giove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Melissa "Missy" Giove is a former professional downhill mountain biker. Her nickname is The Missile. Giove was one of mountain-bike racing's first mainstream female superstars, did ...more

Laurent Fignon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Laurent Patrick Fignon was a French professional road bicycle racer. He won the Tour de France in 1983 and in 1984. He won the Giro d'Italia in 1989, and nearly captured the Tour for a third ...more

John Devine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
John Devine is an American professional road bicycle racer.

Guennady Mikhaylov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Guennady Mikhaylov Gennady Mikhaylov, is a former professional road bicycle racer from Russia. He last rode for UCI ProTour Team Katusha. He was part of the successful team Lotto-Adecco, in which he assisted ...more

Ottavio Bottecchia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Ottavio Bottecchia was an Italian cyclist and the first Italian winner of the Tour de France. He was found dead by the roadside; the reason remains a mystery.

Davis Phinney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Todd Wells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Todd Wells is a professional bicycle racer specializing in cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing from the United States. Todd resides in Durango, Colorado. Wells races for the Specialized Factory ...more

Nicole Reinhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Nicole Louise Reinhart was an American professional track and road racing cyclist who twice won gold medals in cycling at the Pan American Games.

Franck Bouyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Franck Bouyer is a French former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2013. Bouyer competed for the Castorama, Agrigel, Française des Jeux, ...more

Pierre Rolland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Pierre Rolland is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Team Europcar.

Maurice Farman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Maurice Alain Farman was an Anglo-French Grand Prix motor racing champion, an aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer.

José Samyn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
José Samyn was a French professional road bicycle racer who died during a race in Zingem, Belgium. Samyn won a stage of the Tour de France in 1967. As an amateur, he won the 1965 French ...more

Eric Heiden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Eric Arthur Heiden is an American former long track speed skater and road cyclist who won all of the men's speed skating races, and thus an unprecedented five individual gold medals, and set ...more

Tyler Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Tyler Hamilton is an American former professional road bicycle racer. He is the only American rider to win one of the Five Monuments of Cycling. Hamilton became a professional cyclist in 1995 ...more

Dan Buettner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Dan Buettner is an American explorer, educator, author and public speaker. He also co-produced a documentary and holds three world records for endurance bicycling. He is the founder of the ...more

Jacques Anquetil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Kristin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Kristin Armstrong is a professional road bicycle racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women's individual time trial in 2008 and 2012. Before temporarily retiring to start ...more

Sheila Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Sheila Grace Young-Ochowicz is a retired American speed skater and track cyclist. She won three world titles in each of these sports, sometimes in the same year. In 1976, she also became the ...more

Gerrie Knetemann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Gerard Friedrich "Gerrie" Knetemann was a Dutch road bicycle racer who won the 1978 World Championship. A four-time winner of the Ronde van Nederland, he also rode the Tour de France ...more

Chris Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Chris Carmichael is a retired professional cyclist and cycling, triathlon and endurance sports coach as well as the founder of Carmichael Training Systems.

Robbie McEwen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Robbie McEwen is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour, and is now a technical advisor for the team. As a triple winner of ...more

Roger Beaufrand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Roger Beaufrand was the world's oldest Olympic gold medal winner, following the death of Pakistani Field Hockey player Feroze Khan in 2005 until his own death. Born near Paris, France, Beaufrand ...more

Bradley McGee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Bradley John McGee OAM is an Australian former professional racing cyclist. He is currently the head coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport. He started cycling in 1986 at the age of ...more

Mat Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Mat Hoffman is an American BMX rider considered one of the best vert ramp riders in the history of the sport. He is nicknamed "The Condor" and runs the BMX Freestyle brand Hoffman BMX ...more

Charles Schlee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Charles Wilhelm Daniel Schlee was an American racing cyclist who competed 1902-1911, mostly in New Jersey. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and died in Cambridge, Maryland. He competed in ...more

Sheldon Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Sheldon Brown was a noted American bicycle mechanic, technical expert and author. He contributed to print and online sources related to bicycling and bicycle mechanics, and The Times of London ...more

Beth Heiden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden Reid is an American athlete who excelled in speed skating, cross-country skiing and bicycle racing. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Her brother Eric was ...more

Bobby Julich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Robert Julich, most commonly referred to as Bobby Julich, is an American former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for Team CSC in the UCI ProTour racing series. He got his ...more

Alexander Vinokourov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

George Hincapie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
George Hincapie is an American retired road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1994 and 2012. Hincapie was a key domestique of Lance Armstrong, and was the only rider to ...more

Matt White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Burton Downing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Burton Cecil Downing was an American racing cyclist who competed in the early twentieth century. An all round cycling talent, he competed in Cycling at the 1904 Summer Olympics and won two gold ...more

Richard Virenque is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Michael Barry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Michael Barry is a retired Canadian professional road racing cyclist who raced for numerous world-class teams with the role of 'domestique'. His greatest personal successes were placing eighth ...more

Marcus Hurley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
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

Gino Bartali is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Gino Bartali, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, nicknamed "Gino the Pious", was a champion road cyclist. He was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won ...more

Axel Merckx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Cyclists
Axel Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his professional career that began in 1993 and ended in 2007, he has won an Olympic bronze medal and competed in eight Tours ...more