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10 Super Awesome Road Cyclists Who Are Not Named Lance Armstrong

By Edited Jun 18, 2016 6 27

Even if you are not a cycling fan then you have surely heard about Tour de France.

And most likely you know who Lance Armstrong is. If you are not familiar with cycling then he may be one of the only professional cyclists that you recognize by name.
But Lance Armstrong is not the only professional cyclist.

Here is a list and some photos of 10 other professional road cyclists who are super awesome, and they definitely need to be recognized for their pure cycling talent.


1. Yukiya Arashiro

Yukiya Arashiro

Yukiya Arashiro is a Japanese cyclist who first rode in the Tour De France in 2009. Until 2009 no Citizen of Japan had ever completed the Tour De France. In 2009 Yukiya Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu both completed the entire Tour De France becoming the first Japanese Citizens to ever accomplish that. Although bicycles are extremely common in Japan, there are only 4 professional Japanese cyclists. In Japan riding a bicycle is simply a way of life and not necessarily a sport. Because of the impact the Arashiro and Beppu have had you can expect more talented Japanese cyclists in the future.

2. Stef Clement

Stef Clement

Many casual cycling fans have never heard of Stef Clement. He has not yet ridden in a Tour De France but he is very talented. He specializes in time trials and holds the title as the Netherlands best time trial racer. He is a specialist, and unlike other riders such as Lance Armstrong Stef Clement is not the best all-around cyclist; however when it comes to time trials he is simply hard to beat. As je expands his racing skills look for him to race in many more high profile road cycling events including possible even a Tour De France time trail stage.

3. Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra

Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra has been racing professionally since the early 2,000s. Although he is a very talented rider he is often overlooked by casual race fans. He is not at the level that Lance Armstrong once was, but in a head to head race today he would be the favorite to be Lance in a shorter race. Niki Terpstra specializes in events that are 3 days or less in length. His downfall is that he is not yet ready for longer races, and he may never reach that level. He is however great at what he does and should become even more successful before his career is over with.

4. David Millar

David Millar

David Millar has won numerous race stages including 3 stages at the tour De France. As with many cyclists David Millar has had previous trouble with doping. He was even suspended for a year from the sport of cycling yet he has come back drug free and continues to raise eyebrows. Look for David Millar to win a few more stages before he finally retires for good from competitive cycling.

5. Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

I am constantly amazed at non-cycling fans who do not know who Alberto Contador is. He is the second most famous cyclist behind Lance Armstrong. All cycling fans know who Alberto Contador and it is amazing that he does not have as much recognition as Armstrong does to non-cycling fans. Alberto Contador has won the 2007 and the 2010 Tour De France; however the 2010 Tour De France title was stripped from him because of doping. (Oh, now you non-cycle racing people know who I am talking about!)

Even without doping Alberto Contador would have gone down as one of the greatest cyclists ever.

6. Carlos Sastre

Carlos Sastre

Carlos Sastre was the 2008 Tour De France winner. Carlos Sastre is now retired yet he had an amazing professional cycling career. The picture above is of Carlos Sastre wearing the yellow jersey during the 2008 Tour De France.

7. Mark Cavendish

I know of no cycling fan that does not know who the amazing sprinter Mark Cavendish is. If you are not a cycling fan then you need to head to YouTube and watch some videos of him sprinting on his bicycle. This dude is truly amazing and he could easily get you hooked to the sport of professional cycling.

8. Kjell Carlstrom

Kjell Carlstrom

Kjell Carlstrom is a very talented cyclist who is now retired. He never won a Tour De France stage but he did place second in a stage at the Tour De France. Kjell Carlstrom cycled in 3 Tour De Frances. His contract with his team was not extended and he could not find another team to sign him so he was forced to retire from competitive cycle racing. Although he may no longer be racing on the World Stage, you can still expect to see him racing in Finland. 

9. Jimmy Casper

Jimmy Casper

In 2011 Jimmy Casper won the Grand Prix de Denain cycling race. That’s pretty good for a guy that was born in 1978. Jimmy Casper is aging but expect for him to win some more stages this year at various cycling events throughout the World. Jimmy Casper is one of the cyclists that make the sport a lot of fun to watch.

10. Obese Cyclist

Obese Cyclist

The obese cyclist is able to represent what the sport of cycling is truly about. A man or woman is sitting at home on the couch eating and in danger of having a heart attack at any minute because of their obesity. The Tour de France or another cycling race comes on television and the begin watching it because they are too damned lazy to get off the couch to grab the remote.

A little bit later the overweight person jumps off the couch to grab the remote. They are not planning on switching the television channel but instead turning the volume up. They have begun to get interested in watching cycling as a sport. The addiction grows from here.

Now the fat dude is remembering how much he liked riding his bicycle as a child. He has a sudden urge to go bike riding. Initially he his leery because he knows people will laugh at a fat dude on a bicycle. He finally overcomes all hesitations and jumps into the world of cycling.

His goals are not to become a famous cyclist racing in the Tour de France. His goals are much more modest. He wants to lose weight so he can live longer. His other goal is purely selfish. This is the goal of him simply wanting to ride a bicycle because it is so much fun.

GO ahead and laugh at the guys that look like this on a bicycle, because in a few years you will not recognize them. These former fat people will have lost a lot of weight and be much healthier than you. In a few years these overweight people will be skinny and laughing at you. Unless of course…you start riding bicycles yourself.

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Comments

Apr 20, 2012 11:51am
hillloyd
Good stuff, askformore. Going riding, right now.
Apr 23, 2012 4:13am
askformore
Thank you hillloyd! Have a good tour.
Apr 20, 2012 2:24pm
tekaha
great article with funny title! i would love to know where some of these cyclists are from. excellent read!
Apr 23, 2012 4:16am
askformore
Thank you for your comment! Yes, I am sorry that I didn't add the nationality for each professional road cyclists.
Apr 22, 2012 9:41am
JudyE
Great article. Australia now has another great cyclist with Cadell Evans winning last year's Tour de France. It is certainly a great sport.
Apr 23, 2012 4:18am
askformore
Thank you! Yes, Australian cyclists are doing great in Tour de France.
Apr 23, 2012 3:31pm
Nikon
You are right about that, cycling is an excellent way to lose weight.
Apr 25, 2012 4:27am
askformore
Thank you for your comment! Yes, cycling is healthy in many ways.
May 4, 2012 6:46am
mommymommymommy
Congrats on the feature and for teaching about other important contributors in the world of cycling.
May 4, 2012 6:58am
aberdelle
A few years back I had the summer off (that's my story and i'm sticking to it). I watched the Tour de France and got hooked. Mark Cavednish sprinting at the end IS awesome. Andy Schleck was quite a contender that year!
May 4, 2012 6:08pm
askformore
Thank you for your comment! Yes, it is exiting to watch the Tour de France, in real or on TV.
May 4, 2012 10:12am
toebunkers
That obese cyclist must have done that for a bet. Cycling while massively overweight is one thing but to wear all that spandex! Well at least he's out there trying. Well done to him.Good article.
May 5, 2012 8:30am
askformore
Maybe he is slim now - after a lot of cycling.
May 4, 2012 1:28pm
Tom_Carver
I dived in, thinking that I would see Stephen Roche listed but I guess that an equally good list of 10 more cyclists could be produced easily. His triple crown in 1987 was amazing, but then, I'm Irish.
May 5, 2012 8:29am
askformore
Thank you for your comment! Yes, there are many great cyclist that deserve to be listed.
May 4, 2012 2:36pm
meggiestardust
I love cycling. Big fan of Chris Horner and levi leipheimer. Awesome article
May 5, 2012 8:31am
askformore
Thank you for your comment!
May 4, 2012 2:37pm
Jack_Luca
Great read! Love the obese cyclist spandex outfit!
May 5, 2012 8:32am
askformore
I love that outfit too. The main reason I love it is that (after all) it is to big even for me :)
May 4, 2012 3:54pm
Shivon
Nice article.One of my favorite sports. Too bad I don't have universal sports anymore... really miss watching them. Who's #10?
May 5, 2012 10:52am
askformore
Who is #10? LOL Well, IF he exercise a lot THEN he will be known when he wins Tour de France in 2015, and then all will know his name!
May 4, 2012 4:31pm
KCAllen
Interesting list, especially #10. Nice comic timing!
May 5, 2012 10:53am
askformore
#10 is awesome! Thank you for your comment.
May 7, 2012 6:08pm
jimformation
Cool list. Love the obese cyclist.
May 8, 2012 2:48am
askformore
Yes, he is big. Oops, I mean he is great!
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