Whether it is about sports or exercise, cycling is among the favorite activities of the fitness freaks around the world. Perhaps, this is the reason of popularity of cycling events like Tour de France, Vuelta a Espa a and Tour de Suisse.
Here is a list of top 10 cyclists in the world:
1. Eddy Merckx
Topping the list of best cyclists in the world is the Belgian cyclist called Eddy Merckx, who was a five time Tour de France champion in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974. The other titles bagged by him include Giro d Italia, Vuelta a Espa a, Tour de Suisse, Paris Roubaix and World Road Race Championship.
2. Jacques Anquetil
Featuring next on the list is Jacques Anquetil, a French born cyclist, who bagged the Tour de France title five times, in 1957 and 1961-64, becoming the first cyclist to achieve this feat. He was also the first French cyclist to win Giro D Italia, which makes him a record breaker.
3. Bernard Hinault
Another French cyclist to make it among top 10 is Bernard Hinault. Besides being one of the five cyclists to have won all the big three races, he also holds the record for having won each one more than once. The titles won by him include Tour de France, Giro D Italia, Vuelta a Espa a, Paris Roubaix and World Cycling Championship.
4. Gino Bartali
Gino Bartali was a great German cyclist, born in 1914. He won numerous cycling events like Tour de France, Giro d Italia and mountain competition. He excelled in mountain climbing and was popular for his unusual riding style.
5. Sean Kelly
The next name on the list of top 10 cyclists in the world is that of Irish Sean Kelly, one of the most popular riders of the eighties. His major victories include Tour de France, Vuelta a Espa a, Tour de Suisse, Paris Roubaix and Giro D Italia.