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Gino Bartali: Gino the Pious

Gino Bartali: Gino the Pious

One of the greatest Italian cyclists of the 20th century was Gino Bartali who was nicknamed Gino the Pious. He was born in Florence in 1914 and age by 13 he was working in a bicycle shop and began racing. He became professional at 21 years old, in 1935, and the following year he became the Italian Champion. This wasRead More

Lance Armstrong: Great Cyclist Stripped of his Titles

Lance Armstrong: Great Cyclist Stripped of his Titles

In the world of cycling, one must give Lance Armstrong the mention he deserves. He was famous the world over before his fall from grace over doping. In spite of having been stripped of his titles by the Union Cyclist International for anything he won after 1998, many of his records are still recognized prior to that. One of theRead More

Alfredo Binda: Great Cyclists of the 20’s and 30’s

Alfredo Binda: Great Cyclists of the 20’s and 30’s

In the 1920’s and 1930’s Alfredo Binda was as good as they came in the world of tour cycling. He set many new world records and won many majors in his racing career and later became manager of the Italian national team. Under him, three different cyclists would go on to win the Tour de France. Born in Cittiglio, Italy,Read More

Fausto Coppi: Another one of the Greats

Fausto Coppi: Another one of the Greats

The dominator of the cycling world in the years just before and after WW II was without question, Angelo Fausto Coppi. Born in Castellania, Italy in 1919, he quit school at age 13 and was sent to live and work with Signor Ettore in Novi Ligure at his butcher shop. It was here he was exposed to cycling as aRead More

Jacques Anquetil: One of the Great Tour Cyclists

Jacques Anquetil: One of the Great Tour Cyclists

Destined to become one of the greatest tour cyclists of all time, Jacques was born in Northwest France in 1934 where he and his family lived through the German occupation and eventually liberated by the Allies during World War II. Jacques took to cycling from a very young age and by the time he was 17 he had joined hisRead More

Bernard Hinault Sports Cyclist

Bernard Hinault Sports Cyclist

One of greatest in the sport of cycling was undoubtedly Bernard Hinault (AKA) The Badger. A five-time winner of the Tour de Franc and how much sweeter the victories must have been being a native French citizen. Hinault was born in 1954 and started his professional career in 1974 at the age of 20. Early on, he became good friendsRead More

Cycling’s Great: Eddy Merckx

Cycling’s Great: Eddy Merckx

Most certainly the greatest cycling athlete of his day, he is considered by many to be the greatest of all time. Eddy Merckx (nicknamed the Cannibal) excelled both on the track and on the road circuit. Born in Belgium on June 17th 1945, he grew up in the town of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where his parents ran a grocery store and receivedRead More