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Top 10: Tour de France riders

by Lovie McKerihan (2020-05-13)


The Tour de France - originally scheduled to run from June 27 to July 19 - will now start on August 29 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look through the history books to profile 10 of the greatest riders from the race's history.


Eddy Merckx






Widely considered the greatest ever cyclist, ‘the Cannibal' won the Tour in each of the first five editions he entered, four in a row between 1969 and 1972, then again in 1974 after he skipped the 1973 race to win the Giro-Vuelta double instead. Merckx's insatiable desire for victory saw him win a record 34 stages of the Tour in his career. He completed the Giro-Tour double three times, and in 1974 became the first man to win cycling's