Cycling Correspondent Tom Cary gives his verdict on the 10 best UK cyclists ever, as part of our campaign to find the UK’s Greatest Ever Sportsperson .
10. Jason Kenny (2006-)
It seems harsh not to include more track riders. How can you leave out Laura Trott (Great Britain’s most successful ever female Olympian), Victoria Pendleton, Ed Clancy et al? But they are competing in an era of British dominance with enviable funding, and the depth is not as strong on track as it is on road. If you're going to have one more (on top of Hoy), though, it's got to be Kenny, now equal with Hoy on six golds and a silver.
9. Chris Boardman (1993-2000)
Boardman's 1992 Olympic pursuit gold, when he rode his famous Lotus 108, catapulted him to fame. And he had plenty of success on the road, too . But it was his rivalry with Graeme Obree which saw the two swap Hour records on increasingly outlandish bicycles, that really captured the imagination.
8. Robert Millar (1980-1995)
One of Britain's greatest ever stage racers. Although he did not win a grand tour, Millar finished on the podium at the Giro d'Italia (second in 1987) and the Vuelta a España (second in 1985 and 1986), while his fourth place in the 1984 Tour was the highest by a British rider up until at that point. He was also king of the mountains that year.
7. Beryl Burton (1957-1982)
The indomitable Yorkshirewoman dominated women's cycling for the best part of three decades. Even in 1975, at the age of 38, she won a bronze medal at the world pursuit championships riding with her daughter Denise.
6. Tom Simpson (1959-1967)
Britain's greatest cyclist up until the cycling boom of the 21st century. The first Briton to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour , and until Cavendish's win in 2011, the only Briton to win the world road race. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of his death on Mont Ventoux in 1967 Tour.
5. Nicole Cooke (2002-2103)
Outspoken, often controversial, always competitive, Cooke was a versatile rider and a winning machine before retiring at the age of just 29. In fifth place on basis that women's cycling had (and has) less depth than men's.
4. Sir Chris Hoy (1999-2013)
With a total of seven Olympic medals (six gold and one silver) in a squeaky clean career, it is difficult to find fault with Hoy. But since the Scot did not also clean up on the road, he finds himself in fourth place on this list.
3. Chris Froome (2007-present)
Britain's greatest ever stage racer. Has won three of the last four Tour de France crowns and finished second in 2012, a race which is now the subject of much speculation due to Wiggins' TUEs.
2. Mark Cavendish (2005-present)
Fans of a certain age would no doubt argue for the inclusion of Barry Hoban. But if there is only room for one male sprinter it has to be the Manx Missile. Has won 30 Tour stages and counting, Milan-Sanremo. the 2011 world road race title, world Madison titles, Olympic omnium silver.
1. Sir Bradley Wiggins (1998-present)
Given the ongoing TUE furore, Wiggins is likely to be either top of your list or off it altogether. It is hard to disregard the entire CV, though. Five Olympic golds, world titles on track and road, the Tour de France, the Hour record… unbelievable versatility in an age of specialists.
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