Welcome to the Hall of Fame of the Tours. In this article we will be discussing all players and nations that have excelled in the sport of cycling and how they have pushed the boundaries and broken records.
With the Grand Tour consisting of three races, particularly the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, most if not all riders participate in all races in pursuit to be the best rider of all time. The pink, yellow and red jerseys are given away in the general classification of these three races and there is no award higher than these.
In relation to the Tours, the Tour de France is the race that receives the most attention. Created by Henri Desgrange, an editor of the L’Auto newspaper as a marketing exercise, this tour slowly grew into one of the biggest sporting events in the world. More often than not, cyclists that win the Tour de France are known to be the best in the world.
Most Grand Tour Wins
This is it. Below is the list of the most successful riders to ever race in all the Grand Tours. They have won many Grand Tours throughout their career on top of doing so very consistently. Without further ado, here goes:
- 1st place – Eddy Merckx (Belgium). A total of 11 wins (5 Giro, 5 Tour and 1 Vuelta)
- 2nd place – Bernard Hinault (France). A total of 10 wins (3 Giro, 5 Tour and 2 Vuelta)
- 3rd place – Jacques Anquetil (France). A total of 8 wins (2 Giro, 5 Tour and 1 Vuelta)
- 4th place – Fausto Coppi (Italy). A total of 7 wins (5 Giro and 2 Tour)
- 4th place – Miguel Indurain (Spain). A total of 7 wins (2 Giro and 5 Tours)
- 4th place – Alberto Contador (Spain). A total of 7 wins (2 Giro, 2 Tour and 3 Vuelta)
- 7th place – Chris Froome (Great Britain). A total of 6 wins (1 Giro, 4 Tour and 1 Vuelta)
Note: Chris Froome is still an active cyclist.
Most Successful Countries in the Tour de France
- 1st Place – Italy. 85 wins in total with 10 Tour de France wins
- 2nd Place – France. 51 wins in total and 36 Tour de France wins
- 3rd Place – Spain. 49 wins in total and 12 Tour de France wins
- 4th Place – Belgium. 32 wins in total and 18 Tour de France wins
- 5th Place – Switzerland. 10 wins in total and 2 Tour de France wins
The Modern Day Legend
If we were to nominate a rider who is still currently active and is forging his way to the Grand Tour’s Hall of Fame, that person is definitely Chris Froome from Great Britain. As of current, he has won three consecutive Grand Tours (Tour de France 2017, Vuelta a Espana 2017 and Giro d’Italia 2018) and is showing no signs of stopping.
The only cyclists who have achieved such a feat in the history of Grand Tours are Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx from France and Belgium respectively. Hinault had won three consecutive tours back in 1982 and 1983 whereas Merckx had won a staggering four consecutive tours in 1972 and 1973.