Cycling – Champions
There are many hall of fame racers who have been successful in cycling races, the most popular all-time favorite riders are tabled below −
In men’s category, we have the following champions −
|Road Race||Time Trail|
|Alfredo Binda||Italy||1932||Fabian Cancellera||Switzerland||2006|
|Rik Van Steenbergen||Belgium||1957||Tony Martin||Germany||2011|
|Oscar Freire||Spain||2004||Michael Rogers||Australia||2005|
|Greg Lemond||USA||1984||Jan Ullrich||Germany||1999|
|Andre Darrigade||France||1959||Bradley Wiggins||Great Britain||2014|
|Alejandro Valverde||Spain||2014||Chris Boardman||Great Britain||1994|
|Paolo Bettini||Italy||2007||Serhiy Honchar||Ukraine||2000|
|Mark Cavendish||Great Britain||2011||Abraham Olano||Spain||1998|
|Peter Sagan||Slovakia||2015||Santiago Botero||Colombia||2002|
|Erik Zabel||Germany||2006||Vasil Kiryienka||Belarus||2015|
He is an excellent bicycle racer from Switzerland; Cancellera discovered his interest in cycling at a very young age of 13. He had participated in the junior cycling races and has started his professional career from the year 1998. He has won seven medals at an international level and two medals in the 2008 Olympics for both road race and time trail. Cancellera has been actively participating in the cycling events this year and in the middle of an event he sustained with lower back fracture and had to abandon the race.
He is a former Spanish cycle racer and a top sprinter. Freire has become world champion three times equalling with Alfredo Binda and Rik Van Steenbergen. He started his cycling career in the year 1998 and now he has retired. He has won several medals at an international level competing in the cycle races as an individual and in a team.
Sir Bradley Wiggins
He is a British professional road and track racer. Wiggins began his cycling career with track cycling but later realizing his skills as a time trail specialist shifted his focus towards road racing. He has won several medals in Olympics in time trail and track cycling as an individual and team pursuit. He started his career in 1998 and is still active competing in stage cycling events and preparing for 2016 summer Olympics.
In women’s category, we have the following champions −
|Road Race||Time Trail|
|Jeannie Longo||France||1995||Jeannie Longo||France||2001|
|Yvonne Reynders||Belgium||1966||Judith Arndt||Germany||2012|
|Marianne Vos||Netherlands||2013||Kristin Armstrong||USA||2009|
|Beryl Burton||Great Britain||1967||Karin Thurig||Switzerland||2005|
|Genevieve Gambillion||France||1974||Leontien Van Moorsel||Netherlands||1999|
|Leontien Van Moorsel||Netherlands||1993||Linda Villumsen||New zealand||2015|
|Giorgia Bronzini||Italy||2011||Zulfiya Zabirova||Russia||2002|
|Susanne Ljungskog||Sweden||2003||Lisa Brennauer||Germany||2014|
|Lizzie Armitstead||Great Britain||2015||Karen Kurreck||USA||1994|
|Emma Johansson||Sweden||2014||Joane Somarriba||Spain||2003|
Longo is one of the most popular female racing cyclists from France. Starting her cycling career in 1981 she was competitively participating till 2011 and even today she is considered active in cycling. She has been world cyclist champion 13 times winning 11 medals in UCI world championships both in Road Racing and Time Trail. She has played seven Olympic Games in her cycling career and won four medals for France.
One of the finest racers of all times is Marianne Vos from Netherlands. She has started her cycling at the age of eight with cyclo-cross in junior’s category and has been excelling as a racer in all the cycle race formats. She has won eight medals in the international championship in road racing became world champion three times. Apart from road racing she is a seven times world champion in cyclo-cross and is very competitive in the track cycling.
The professional German racer competes in cycle races as an individual and in a team named GreenEDGE-AIS cycling team. Arndt started her career in 1995 and is still continuing and winning accolades from all over the world. She won 18 international medals and was three times world champion in road racing and time trail. As a team racer she has been very successful is getting good UCI ranking.