The Most Famous Bicyclist: Ranking the Cycling Legends

Choose the bicyclist you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 07:01
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion matters! It's time to gear up and pedal your way through our latest ranking - "Who is the most famous bicyclist?" From trailblazers of the sport to record-breaking champions, we've got a diverse lineup of pedal-pushing legends for you to choose from. But the race doesn't end here! Feel free to suggest a missing rider who you think deserves a spot in the peloton of fame. So, put on your helmets, tighten your cleats, and join thousands of fans in casting your vote for your favorite cycling icon. Let's find out who will emerge as the ultimate wheelie wonder! Ready, set, ride!

Who Is the Most Famous Bicyclist?

  1. 1
    Known for his seven consecutive Tour de France victories, Armstrong is one of the most famous bicyclists in history. However, his career was marred by a doping scandal that resulted in him being stripped of his titles.
    Lance Armstrong in other rankings
  2. 2
    Widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time, Merckx won 11 Grand Tours and 28 Monument races during his career.
    Eddy Merckx in other rankings
  3. 3
    The first American to win the Tour de France, LeMond won the race three times and is considered one of the greatest cyclists of all time.
    Greg LeMond in other rankings
  4. 4
    Known as Il Campionissimo (the champion of champions), Coppi won five Giro d'Italia titles and two Tour de France titles during his career.
    Fausto Coppi in other rankings
  5. 5
    Miguel Indurain
    Darz Mol · CC BY-SA 3.0
    The only cyclist to win five consecutive Tour de France titles, Indurain was a dominant force in the 1990s.
    Miguel Indurain in other rankings
  6. 6
    Chris Froome
    Christophe Badoux · CC BY-SA 3.0
    A four-time Tour de France winner, Froome is one of the most successful cyclists of the past decade.
    Chris Froome in other rankings
  7. 7
    The first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, Wiggins also won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
  8. 8
    Mark Cavendish
    Antoine Blondin · CC BY-SA 3.0
    One of the greatest sprinters in history, Cavendish has won over 150 races during his career, including 30 stages of the Tour de France.
    Mark Cavendish in other rankings
  9. 9
    Jan Ullrich
    Nicola · CC BY-SA 4.0
    The only German cyclist to win the Tour de France, Ullrich also won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.
  10. 10
    Bernard Hinault
    Kyro · CC BY 3.0
    Known as Le Blaireau (the badger), Hinault won five Tour de France titles and three Giro d'Italia titles during his career.
    Bernard Hinault in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous bicyclist

  1. Achievements
    The number of major championships, world records, Olympic medals obtained in their respective disciplines.
  2. Influence
    The impact the athlete had on the sport, their community, or society in general.
  3. Popularity
    The number of followers, fans, and media attention they have generated during their career.
  4. Endurance
    The length and consistency of their career, as well as their ability to maintain physical performance over many years.
  5. Innovation
    The development of new techniques, technologies, or strategies that have advanced the sport.
  6. Style
    A distinctive manner of performing and presenting oneself that captures the attention of the audience.
  7. Legacy
    The lasting impact on the sport, future generations of athletes, or society as a whole.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous bicyclist. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or cyclist is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 134 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each cyclist once every 24 hours. The rank of each cyclist is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous bicyclist

Bicycling has been a popular form of transportation, recreation, and sport for over a century. The first bicycle was invented in the early 19th century, and since then, it has evolved into a wide range of styles and designs. Many famous cyclists have emerged throughout history, from those who simply enjoy a leisurely ride to those who compete at the highest levels of professional racing. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the most famous bicyclists of all time and explore what makes them so well-known and respected in the world of cycling.

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