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Gino Bartali....for me...
Just read a book given to me called "Road To Valor" about his wins pre and post war plus the Giro 3 times....during the war he worked with the Italian resistance cycling all over Italy delivering forged docs to help Jews escape the nazis. Awesome.
You tube review here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zuUlQTDiP4

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festival [105 posts] 3 years ago
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Freddy Maertens.
He had an up and down career but won 7 stages and the green jersey the year i got into racing.
He was a tough Flandrian, but had a personality that appealed to me.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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I've got a few, Thor Hushovd and Spartacus (of course).

Then, Hinault and Lemond.

Voigt is great as well.

Hoogerland.

Anyone who's from Colombia.

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HarveyMorcombe [42 posts] 3 years ago
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tommy simpson  39

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, for me it's got to be Thomas Voeckler. The sheer determination, guts and all out 'I aint gonna give up' attitude he showed last year is everything cycling is to me.
I couldnt help jumping out of the chair and yelling him on, especially on the climbs - tounge hanging out and gasping for breath, just like a little terrier, he just wouldn't give in.

Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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Kapelmuur [294 posts] 3 years ago
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festival wrote:

Freddy Maertens.
He had an up and down career but won 7 stages and the green jersey the year i got into racing.
He was a tough Flandrian, but had a personality that appealed to me.

Freddy manages the Ronde museum in Oudenaarde, even after 3 years in the job the electronic till still confuses him!

As I'm half Flandrian I'll have to nominate The Cannibal.

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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Lance  9

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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The ones that got me addicted to the TdF back when I was a kid...
Roche
Chiapucci
Abdoujaporov

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RALPH 98 [7 posts] 3 years ago
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Merckx for one simple gesture. After Ocaña's fall had taken him out of the race and gave the yellow jersey to Merckx he declined to wear it next morning in respect for the Spaniard. Can't imagine many riders doing that before, then, or now.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Another vote for Abdoujaparov and also Marco Pantani.