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  Best climber of all time - Lucien Van Impe

Lucien Van Impe best climber of all time
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Climbbybike wishes to thank all cycling fans who have voted over the past two months. Underneath, you can find the list with winners of the game, attached to the election:

1. W. Boers, Belgium : wins the vacation cheque of 500 €, offered by Euro Relais!
2. J. Parsons, United Kingdom : wins the brand new climbbybike cycling outfit
3. E. Van Ede, Netherlands : wins a Livestrong cycling shirt & Livestrong wristband
4. E. Leese, Australia : wins a Ronde Van Vlaanderen shirt & Livestrong wristband
5. Fabio, Italy : wins a Ronde Van Vlaanderen drink tub & Livestrong wristband

6-15: E. Deboutte, Belgium - Lanny Wilds, Canada - J. America, Belgium - C. Nicolas, France - A. Borwick, New Zealand - M. Bouter, Netherlands - Y. Hoogstoel, Belgium - R. Brouwier, Belgium - Gabriele, Italy - Duval, Belgium : win a Livestrong wristband.

All winners will be contacted by e-mail.
1 Lucien Van Impe

Lucien Van Impe, last Belgian winner of the Tour de France in 1976. Six fold winner of the polka dotted jersey Tour de France: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1983. Lucien Van Impe won 9 mountain stages in the Tour de France among which arrivals on the Glandon (1977, 1981 and 1983), the Galibier (1979), the Aubisque (1983), the Aspin (1971 and 1972) and the Tourmalet (1971, 1975, 1977)
Nickname; de kleine uit Mere (the small one from Mere).

2 Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani, Italian, winner of the Tour de France and the Giro in 1998, both with two stage wins (on the Galibier and Les Deux Alpes). Only participating five times to the Tour, he never won the polka dotted jersey. In 1997, elephantino won two stages in the Tour with arrivals on the Col de Joux Plane and on Alpe d'Huez in a record time of 37'35". In 2000, he won the stage to the Mont Ventoux, before Lance Armstrong. Marco Pantani died on February 14 2004.

3 Féderico Bahamontes

Féderico Bahamontes, born in 1928 in Santa Domingo, Spain, won the Tour de France in 1959. Six fold winner of the red dotted jersey Tour de France, in 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963 and 1964. He won 7 stages in the Tour (two on the Galibier, two on the Izoard, two on the Aubisque and one on the col du Télégraphe), was twice the best climber in the Vuelta, and once in the Giro.
His nickname: the eagle of Toledo.

4 Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong, American, 7-fold winner of the Tour de France in a row, from 1999 till 2005. Winner of 24 stages in the Tour de France among which several mountain stages, including two stages on Alpe d'Huez. Never won the polka dotted jersey, but actually, he only cared about the yellow one. We can hear discussions about the fact if he's a real climber or not. According to us, he certainly deserves to be here. But you vote...

5 Richard Virenque

Richard Virenque, French, 7 fold winner of the polka dotted jersey Tour de France: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005. Won a lot of mountain stages. Second in the Tour of 1997 and third in 1996. His main tactic was to loose a lot of time in the first week of the Tour so that the favourites let him attack in the first big mountain stage and earn a lot of points for the polka dotted jersey. Does he deserve to be here? You vote...

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