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CYCLISTS from Russia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Russian Cyclists. The pantheon dataset contains 1,214 Cyclists, 34 of which were born in Russia. This makes Russia the birth place of the 12th most number of Cyclists behind United States and Switzerland.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Russian Cyclists of all time. This list of famous Russian 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 Russian Cyclists.

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1. Sergei Sukhoruchenkov (1956 - )

With an HPI of 47.11, Sergei Sukhoruchenkov is the most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages on wikipedia.

Sergei Nikolaevich Sukhoruchenkov (Russian: Серге́й Николаевич Сухорученков, born 10 August 1956) is a former Soviet and Russian cyclist and Olympic Champion. He won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, in the road race.He won the Peace Race twice, in both 1979 and 1984. Sukhoruchenkov won the 1990 edition of the Vuelta Ciclista de Chile. His daughter Olga Zabelinskaya is also a cyclist and won two bronze medals in the 2012 Olympic Games, in both the road race and the individual time trial; as well as the silver medal in the individual time trial of the 2016 Olympic Games.

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2. Andrei Tchmil (1963 - )

With an HPI of 46.41, Andrei Tchmil is the 2nd most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Andrei Tchmil (born 22 January 1963) is a retired Soviet (until 1991), Moldovan (1992–1994), Ukrainian (1994–1998) and Belgian (since 1998) professional road bicycle racer. He competed in the men's individual road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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3. Viatcheslav Ekimov (1966 - )

With an HPI of 43.97, Viatcheslav Ekimov is the 3rd most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Viatcheslav Vladimirovich Ekimov (Russian Вячеслав Владимирович Екимов; born 4 February 1966), nicknamed Eki, is a Russian former professional racing cyclist. A triple Olympic gold medalist, he was awarded the title of Russian Cyclist of the Century in 2001.

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4. Denis Menchov (1978 - )

With an HPI of 42.86, Denis Menchov is the 4th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Denis Nikolayevich Menshov (often mistakenly romanized as Menchov, Денис Николаевич Меньшов; born 25 January 1978) is a former professional Russian road bicycle racer, who rode as a professional between 2000 and 2013. He was best known as a general classification rider, a climber and an accomplished time trialist. In 2005 he finished second in the Vuelta a España and in 2007 he finished as the champion. He also won the centenary Giro d'Italia in 2009 and finished second in the Tour de France in 2010 becoming the first Russian to do so. He was later disqualified from that Tour de France, as well as the 2009 and 2012 editions, owing to adverse biological passport findings.

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5. Pavel Tonkov (1969 - )

With an HPI of 41.81, Pavel Tonkov is the 5th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Pavel Sergeyevich Tonkov (Павел Сергеевич Тонков; born 9 February 1969 in Izhevsk) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Russia. His talents were first showcased when winning the world junior title as part of the Soviet Union team in 1987. This alerted the world to his talents, and he turned pro in 1992 with the RUSS-Baïkal team.

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6. Evgeni Berzin (1970 - )

With an HPI of 41.79, Evgeni Berzin is the 6th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Evgeni Valentinovich Berzin (Russian: Евге́ний Валенти́нович Берзин; born 3 June 1970 in Vyborg, Russia) is a Russian former road cyclist. Coming from track cycling, where he successfully represented the Soviet Union at World Championships, he moved to Italy in 1992 and turned professional with Mecair–Ballan in 1993. His second season in 1994 was to be his best, with victories at the Giro d'Italia and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He finished second at the 1995 Giro d'Italia, but failed to live up to high expectations in the years after. A brief spell in the race leader's yellow jersey and a stage win at the 1996 Tour de France were his last big results. In 1997, he unsuccessfully attempted to break Chris Boardman's hour record. He retired from the sport in 2001.

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7. Dimitri Konyshev (1966 - )

With an HPI of 40.52, Dimitri Konyshev is the 7th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Dimitri Konyshev (Russian Дмитрий Борисович Конышев; born 18 February 1966) is a Soviet/Russian former road bicycle racer. Over his 17 year professional cycling career, Konyshev won nine Grand Tour stages becoming one of the few riders to win a stage in all three Grand Tours. He won 4 apiece in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, and he also won a single stage in the Vuelta a Espana. Konyshev was the first Soviet and first Russian to win a medal in the Men's Road race at the UCI Road World Championships. He won a Silver medal in 1989 behind Greg LeMond and a Bronze medal in 1992 behind Gianni Bugno and Laurent Jalabert. In his day, Konyshev could win from an attack or a sprint finish. He was the first rider from the Soviet Union to win a stage at the Giro d'Italia and the first Russian to win a stage also. He never won a Cycling monument but placed in the top 10 on four occasions three of which were in Giro di Lombardia. In the 2000 Giro d'Italia he won both the Points classification and Combativity classification. In the 1997 edition of the race he won one stage and the Intergiro classification. Following his retirement from racing, he became a sports director with Tinkoff Credit Systems. He moved to UCI WorldTeam Team Katusha in 2009 where he was an assiatant sports director for 11 seasons before the team folded in 2019. Gazprom–RusVelo employed Konyshev from 2020 till mid 2022, when they lost their UCI license due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Konyshev's son Alexander Konychev is also a professional cyclist although he represents Italy.

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8. Sergei Ivanov (1975 - )

With an HPI of 37.98, Sergei Ivanov is the 8th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Sergei Valeryevich Ivanov (Серге́й Валерьевич Иванов) (born 5 March 1975 in Chuvashia, Soviet Union) is a former professional road bicycle racer, who competed between 1996 and 2011. Ivanov had been a member of six different teams, competing for CSKA Lada–Samara, TVM–Farm Frites, Fassa Bortolo, T-Mobile Team, Astana and Team Katusha. In this time he completed in five Grand Tours, and also won six national championship titles. He also won the Tour de Pologne 1998. He finished his sports career in 2009 He now lives in Bekkevoort, Belgium.

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9. Alexandr Kolobnev (1981 - )

With an HPI of 36.09, Alexandr Kolobnev is the 9th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Alexandr Vasilievich Kolobnev (Александр Васильевич Колобнев; born 4 May 1981) is a Russian former professional road bicycle racer. His major victories include winning the 2007 Monte Paschi Eroica, a stage of the 2007 Paris–Nice and he is a two-time winner of the Russian National Road Race Championships. In 2011, he was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a potential drug masking agent. He was cleared of intentional doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February 2012, and returned to Team Katusha in March 2012.

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10. Evgeni Petrov (1978 - )

With an HPI of 35.65, Evgeni Petrov is the 10th most famous Russian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Evgeni Petrov (born 25 May 1978 in Ufa) is a Russian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2001 and 2016 for the Mapei–Quick-Step,, Saeco, Lampre–Fondital, Tinkoff Credit Systems, Team Katusha, Astana and Tinkoff teams. He won the 11th stage of the 2010 Giro d'Italia from Lucera to L'Aquila. He was ejected from the 2005 Tour de France and suspended from cycling for two weeks after his haemetocrit was deemed over the limit by morning controls on the tenth stage.

Pantheon has 34 people classified as cyclists born between 1956 and 1996. Of these 34, 32 (94.12%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living cyclists include Sergei Sukhoruchenkov, Andrei Tchmil, and Viatcheslav Ekimov. The most famous deceased cyclists include Viktor Manakov and Dmitry Nelyubin. As of April 2022, 4 new cyclists have been added to Pantheon including Aleksandr Vlasov, Tamilla Abbasova, and Denis Galimzyanov.

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