Cyclists With Most Wins In The Tour De France
The Tour De France is regarded as the most prestigious and toughest cycle race around, indeed one of the toughest sporting challenges around.
It has had a degree of bad publicity over the years with a number of riders being found to have taken performance enhancing drugs and there have been a few deaths over the decades, whether through the result of drug taking or through bad crashes.
Even this week in this years race some hooligans threw tacs and nails onto the road and gave a lot of bikes punctures and it could have had more dangerous repercussions.
Sometimes the spectators get too near to the riders and this as well has resulted in collisions and bad injuries.
Apart from the dangers involved in travelling at such high speeds the riders must overcome great fatigue and show massive amounts of strength and endurance to race for hours and then come back and do it all again the next day.
The race lasts 3 weeks and takes place annually in July going all over France and sometimes into neighbouring countries depending on the routes chosen. The final days racing takes place in Paris and the finish is on the Champs-Elysees
Since the race first took place in 1903 the riders who have won most titles are:-
LANCE ARMSTRONG- USA Born 1971 Won a total of 7, in consecutive years between 1999 and 2005. Had earlier developed cancer which he wasn’t expected to recover from and then came his fantastic victories which have had people doubting whether he could have done it drug free but he has always stressed he is clean and the tests have shown this.
JACQUES ANQUETIL- FRANCE Born 1934. Died 1987. Won 5 times in 1957, 61,62,63,64
EDDY MERCKX – BELGIUM Born 1945. Won 5 times in 1969,70,71, 72, 74
BERNARD HINAULT – FRANCE Born 1954. Won 5 times in 1978,79,81,82,85
MIGUEL INDURAIN- SPAIN Born 1964. Won 5 times in 1991,92,93,94,95 and was the first rider to win the Tour De France on 5 consecutive occasions.
PHILLIPE THYS – BELGIUM Born 1889. Died 1971. Won 3TIMES IN 1913,14,20
LOUISON BOBET – FRANCE Born 1925. Died 1983. Won 3 times in 1953,54,55. Was the first rider to win 3 consecutive Tours.
GREG LEMOND – AMERICA Born 1961. Won 3 times in 1986,89,90 Was the first American to win the race. In fact was the first rider to win who wasn’t European.