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Best climber of all time

Belgian Lucien van Impe elected best climber of all time by Climbbybike.

Best climber of all time

Lucien Van Impe best climber of all time

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).

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.

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.

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