Five Greatest Cycling Rivalries

Published on November 10th 2016


Lance Armstrong vs Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador vs Andy Schleck, Fabian Cancellara vs Tom Boonen. Cycling's rich history is full of incredible rivalries. Here are the five greatest. Subscribe to GCN: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Many of the greatest bike races in the world have come down to two riders. And, luckily for us as cycling fans, these rivalries have often continued for years. Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara are each legends in their own right, but their rivalry elevated the races and, arguably, their reputations. Cycling is full of these iconic rivalries; Lance vs Ullrich, Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador. Can you name more? Let us know down in the comments, and, if you enjoyed this one, hit SHARE and give it a thumbs up too! Watch more on GCN... Tom Boonen vs Fabian Cancellara 📹 5 Crimes Against Cycling 📹 Buy NEW GCN cycling kit, casual wear and accessories in the GCN Shop: Music Marc Adamo, Tico Zamora - Chasewerk Marc Adamo, Tico Zamora - The Big Right Hand Marc Adamo, Tico Zamora - Title Fight Dreams Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele / By Brian Townsley, CC BY 2.0 By, CC BY-ND 2.0 By Dutch National Archives, [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (], via Wikimedia Commons By Fulgur Photo-Press. Fotograaf onbekend/Unknown photographer. Collectie SPAARNESTAD PHOTO - (Fotonummer SFA001012910) (new source:,14722,L-3095923,00.html), Public Domain, Unknown author, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons By Unknown (Mondadori Publishers) - [1], Public Domain, By J.D. Noske (Anefo) - [1] Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (Anefo), 1945-1989, Access number:, File number: 905-2272, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, By Anders, CC-BY-ND 2.0