Who is the All Time Greatest Cyclist?

We are compiling a list of the greatest athletes from the sport of cycling, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports).

The first stage is to get nominations for the sport of cycling before the vote is started. Cyclists from all disciplines can be listed here. See the current list below of top athletes, compiled using other published lists and visitor feedback. If you believe that there is someone missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about the person.

World's Greatest Cyclists List

The cyclists below are listed in no particular order - once the shortlist is complete then you will be able to vote for who you think is the greatest of all. This list is not complete - if you know of someone who should be listed here, let us know using the comment form below.

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Alfredo Binda Italian cyclist of the 1920s and 1930s
Bernard Hinault French cyclist, won the Tour de France five times
Francesco"Checco" Moser Italian road racer. one of the dominant riders from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s
Eddy Merckx Belgium rider, won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia five times each
Fausto Coppi Italian rider, won the Tour de France twice, and the Giro d'Italia five times.
Felice Gimondi Italian rider, One of only five cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling: Tour de France, Giro d'Italia , and Vuelta a España
Gino Bartali Italian champion road cyclist, won the Giro d'Italia three times and the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948. Famously won three consecutive mountain stages (13, 14 and 15) in the 1948 Tour de France.
Hubert Opperman Australian cyclist known for his endurance feats
Jacques Anquetil French road racing cyclist. He was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, between 1957 and 1964.
Jan Ullrich German professional road cyclist. He was the first German to win the Tour de France (1997)
Lance Armstrong From the USA, once held the record for 7 Tourn de France wins. He was found guilty of doping in 2012, but still undeniably one of the greatest ever cyclists.
Louison Bobet French cyclist. First rider to win the Tour de France in 3 successive years (1953 to 1955)
Marco Pantani Italian. He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998
Miguel Indurain Spanish rider. Won five consecutive Tours de France from 1991 to 1995
Rik Van Looy Belgium Rider.  twice world professional road race champion, and was the first cyclist to win all five 'Monuments':

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