Nickname of professional cyclist Mario Cipollini, one of the greatest sprinters in the history of cyclist, first and only man to win 4 consecutive Tour de France stages, has the all time record for stage wins in the Giro d'Italia, former World Champ, known as much for his magnetic personality and good looks as his riding ability.
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The most popular cycling event in the world. It has been held in France every summer since 1903 (excluding the years of 1915-1918 and 1940-1946 due to the World Wars). The race has a current traditional length of about 3 weeks, and falls in the month of July. The rider do not race for three weeks straight, of course. They race one stage a day, with two rest days stratigically placed within the race schedule to give the riders ample time to recover. Each stage is usually around 100 miles or so. Among the most famous riders to win the tour are the Big Five. These are the five men who have won the Tour five times (or more). These men are: Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961-4), Eddy Merckx (1969-72, 1974, Bernard Hinault (1978-9, 1981-2, 1985), Miguel Indurain (1991-5), Lance Armstrong (1999-2005). All of the above men won the tour just five time except Lance Armstrong, who won seven times in a row. The overall leader of the Tour wears the notorious "maillot jaune", or "yellow jersey". Other special jerseys include the polka dot jersey, given to the best climber, the green jersey, won by the best sprinter, and the white jersey, which is awarded to the rider under 23 years of age who is highest in the overall classification.
The Tour de France is awesome!
A great but overrated cyclist. Seven Time winner of the Tour De France. Often called the greatest cyclist ever by passive American cycling fans that have never heard of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Fausto Coppi or Miguel Indurain. Merckx and many others went on to race in hundreds of races while Armstrong focused on the Tour. His only other races were often training for the Tour at Tour de Georgia or Dauphiné Libéré. Merckx raced every race to win. Lance often was just training for the tour and along with his contemporaries would not take the risk seen in the Coppi-Merckx Era.
LA Fan: Lance Armstrong is the greatest cyclist ever!
Reality: No way dude. Eddy Merckx or Coppi.
LA fan. Who? you're crazy!
Facts: Merckx! Cycling was around before 1999. Merckx won 525 races and won the Giro D' Italia and Tour de France five times. Lance only talked about racing the Giro. Never even showed and has never ridden in most of the Classics like Paris-Roubaix which Merckx won three times. Also never attempted the Hour Record as he hinted on for years. A record for which Merckx is the standard.
LA fan: But Lance won the Tour De Georgia.