Nicknamed the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx is the winningest bike racer of all time, and a man who struck fear in the hearts of his rivals like no other.
Cycling is a sport defined by men who can suffer more than mere mortals. But even among the select group of hard men, there are those who simply stand above the rest. These are the four toughest men in the history of professional bike racing.
The Badger Bernard Hinault won five Tour de France titles, and as patron the Frenchman ruled the peloton with an iron fist.
Italian Gino Bartali's toughness transcended bike racing, as he was a force in the Italian resistance during WWII.
The son of an Irish farmer, Sean Kelly (left) didn't start having fun until the weather conditions turned awful.
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