The Most Famous

CYCLISTS from Australia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Australian Cyclists. The pantheon dataset contains 1,212 Cyclists, 56 of which were born in Australia. This makes Australia the birth place of the 7th most number of Cyclists behind Germany and Netherlands.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Australian Cyclists of all time. This list of famous Australian Cyclists is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Australian Cyclists.

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1. Cadel Evans (1977 - )

With an HPI of 59.14, Cadel Evans is the most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages on wikipedia.

Cadel Lee Evans (; born 14 February 1977) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist, who competed professionally in both mountain biking and road bicycle racing. A four-time Olympian, Evans is one of three non-Europeans – along with Greg LeMond and Egan Bernal – to have officially won the Tour de France, winning the race in 2011. Early in his career, he was a champion mountain biker, winning the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Evans is a four-time Olympian. Evans turned to full-time road cycling in 2001, and gradually progressed through the ranks. He finished second in the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008. He became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour (2007) and the UCI Road World Championships in 2009. After finishing outside the top twenty in 2009 and 2010, Evans became the first Australian rider to win the Tour de France in 2011, riding for the BMC Racing Team. He took the race lead on the penultimate day, after completing a 42.5-kilometre (26.4-mile) individual time trial some two-and-a-half minutes quicker than his closest rivals, Andy Schleck and Fränk Schleck. At age 34, he was among the five oldest winners in the race's history. He also made the podium in the 2009 Vuelta a España and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Evans retired on 1 February 2015, after completing a race named in his honour.

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2. Russell Mockridge (1928 - 1958)

With an HPI of 56.49, Russell Mockridge is the 2nd most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Edward Russell Mockridge (18 July 1928 – 13 September 1958) was a racing cyclist from Geelong, Victoria, Australia. He died during a race, in collision with a bus.

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3. Robbie McEwen (1972 - )

With an HPI of 56.05, Robbie McEwen is the 3rd most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Robert "Robbie" McEwen (born 24 June 1972) is an Australian former professional road cycling rider. He last rode for Orica–GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour. Robbie is a three-time winner of the Tour de France points classification and, at the peak of his career, was considered one of the world's fastest sprinters. A former Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road cycling in 1990 at 18 years of age. He raced as a professional from 1996 until 2012. McEwen lives in Australia with his Belgian wife, Angélique Pattyn, his son, Ewan, and his daughters, Elena and Claudia. In 2011, McEwen published an autobiography entitled 'One Way Road'. McEwen lived for many years in the Belgian town of Everbeek and is fluent in Dutch. Robbie retired from the World Tour after riding the 2012 Tour of California and is now an occasional cyclist journalist, commentating on the Tour Down Under and the Tour de France.

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4. Lionel Cox (1930 - 2010)

With an HPI of 54.85, Lionel Cox is the 4th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Lionel Malvyne Cox OAM (5 December 1930 – 9 March 2010) was an Australian Olympic track cyclist.

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5. Danny Clark (1951 - )

With an HPI of 54.18, Danny Clark is the 5th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Daniel "Danny" Clark OAM (born 30 August 1951 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia) is a retired track cyclist and road bicycle racer from Australia, who was a professional rider from 1974 to 1997. He won five world championships and at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, came second in the 1,000m time trial.Clark was often fastest finishing rider in six-day races, especially as Patrick Sercu slowed after the mid-1970s. Clark and the British rider, Tony Doyle, won many six-day races. Clark enjoyed the party atmosphere of the races, and continued to work in them as a Derny pacer after retiring.

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6. Richie Porte (1985 - )

With an HPI of 52.40, Richie Porte is the 6th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Richard Julian Porte (born 30 January 1985) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers. He is a two-time winner of Paris–Nice. In his first year at UCI ProTour level, Porte won the young rider classification at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, and featured prominently in the general classification at several stage races. Porte moved to Team Sky for the 2012 season, and quickly made an impact, winning the Volta ao Algarve. In 2013, Porte achieved his biggest victory to date, winning two stages and the overall classification in Paris–Nice. He served as a super-domestique for three Team Sky Tour de France victories: Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013 and 2015. In 2015, after winning the Australian National Time Trial Championships, Porte won two stages as well as the final overall classification of Paris–Nice, winning that race for the second time in three years and ending up atop the UCI world road cycling rankings.

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7. Stuart O'Grady (1973 - )

With an HPI of 52.37, Stuart O'Grady is the 7th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Stuart O'Grady (born 6 August 1973) is a retired Australian professional road bicycle racer, who rode as a professional between 1995 and 2013. A former track cyclist, O'Grady and Graeme Brown won a gold medal in the Men's Madison at the 2004 Summer Olympics. O'Grady also won Paris–Roubaix in 2007. O'Grady competed in the Tour de France from 1997 and contended for the points classification in the Tour de France known as the green jersey, finishing second in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 races. He wore the yellow jersey of general classification leader in 1998 and 2001. With his participation in the 2013 Tour de France, he tied George Hincapie's record of 17 participations in the Tour de France. However, Hincapie was removed from three of his 17 starts for his part in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, and O'Grady himself admitted having been assisted by illicit erythropoietin (EPO) use at least on the 1998 Tour de France (the Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk holds the absolute records of completed Tours de France, with 16 from 1970 – 1986). He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal. O'Grady is the current Race Director of the Tour Down Under.

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8. Michael Rogers (1979 - )

With an HPI of 51.71, Michael Rogers is the 8th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Michael ('Mick') Rogers (born 20 December 1979) is a retired Australian professional road bicycle racer who competed professionally between 1999 and 2016, for the Mapei–Quick-Step, Quick-Step–Innergetic, Team HTC–Columbia, Team Sky and Tinkoff teams. He is a three-time World Time Trial Champion, winning consecutively in 2003 (after David Millar was stripped for doping), 2004 and 2005, and won Grand Tour stages at the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. In April 2016, Rogers announced via Twitter, that he was being forced to retire from professional cycling due to a congenital heart defect condition which had been worsening.

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9. Mathew Hayman (1978 - )

With an HPI of 51.39, Mathew Hayman is the 9th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Mathew Hayman (born 20 April 1978) is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2000 and 2019 for the Rabobank, Team Sky and Mitchelton–Scott teams. During his career, Hayman was an experienced and respected domestique, as he typically took on a supporting role within his team. Hayman was also a specialist in the cobbled classics, and was the winner of Paris–Roubaix in 2016. Following his retirement from racing after the 2019 Tour Down Under, Hayman remained with the Mitchelton–Scott team as a part-time directeur sportif alongside a "special projects" position.

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10. Dunc Gray (1906 - 1996)

With an HPI of 51.26, Dunc Gray is the 10th most famous Australian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray (17 July 1906 – 30 August 1996) was an Australian track cyclist and Olympian.Gray was born in Goulburn, New South Wales. He was called 'Dunc', which dates back to school where he was called 'Dunc' and this was later was extended to 'Duncan'. He started competitive cycling with Goulburn Amateur Cycling Club around 1925. From 1926 to 1941 he won 20 Australian titles, 36 New South Wales titles, and 36 club championships. On eight occasions he was the NSW 1000m time trial and/or the 1000m sprint winner. He won a bronze medal for the 1000m time trial at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. This was Australia's first Olympic Games medal in cycling. At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles he won Australia's first cycling gold in the same event, in world record time of 1m 13s. He represented Australia at the 1934 British Empire Games and won the 1000m time trial. At the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney, he won the 1000m sprint. He was the flag-bearer for Australia at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and at the 1938 British Empire Games. In his last years, Gray lived in Kiama and supported the Olympic movement, including Melbourne's bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics and then Sydney's successful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill, in Sydney's western suburbs, was built for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and named after him. The Speedwell bike that Gray rode at the 1932 Summer Olympics is at the Dunc Gray velodrome. Speedwell bicycles were manufactured by Charles Bennett, a former Intercolonial Champion of Australia, who raced pennyfathings before Federation in 1901. In 1985, Gray was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was an inaugural Cycling Australia Hall of Fame inductee.

Pantheon has 56 people classified as cyclists born between 1906 and 1996. Of these 56, 51 (91.07%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living cyclists include Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen, and Danny Clark. The most famous deceased cyclists include Russell Mockridge, Lionel Cox, and Dunc Gray. As of October 2020, 16 new cyclists have been added to Pantheon including Russell Mockridge, Lionel Cox, and Danny Clark.

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Which Cyclists were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 3 most globally memorable Cyclists since 1700.