With the Tour de France starting on 30 June, it’s only weeks until names like Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Andy Schleck are again headline news. But what about past greats, like Eddy Merckx and Sean Kelly – where are they now?
Eddy Merckx: the five times Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner is still involved with cycling. He is part of the Belgian Olympic Committee; acts as an advisor for events like the Tour of Qatar; and is a commentator on Belgian television.
Bernard Hinault: after winning the Tour de France five times, Hinault worked for the Tour de France committee, as well as advised on product development. He still rides in organized events, though no longer competes.
Sean Kelly: Kelly is known to Eurosport fans for his cycling commentary. He cycles to raise money for charity; and runs the Sean Kelly Cycling Academy in Belgium.
Felice Gimondi: having won six Grand Tours, Gimondi retired in 1975 under a doping cloud. Despite this, the Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi is held annually in his honor. He heads the Bianchi MTB team, TX Active.
Miguel Indurain: a five times Tour de France winner, as well as the 1996 Olympic Time Trial gold medalist, Indurian retired from racing in 1997. He has worked with the Spanish Olympic Committee, and founded the Miguel Indurain Foundation to promote sport. He cycles, though not competitively, and lives near Pamplona.
Jan Ullrich: despite only winning one Tour de France, in 1997, German Ullrich is one of cycling’s modern greats for his consistent podium places. His reputation suffered badly in 2012 after being found guilty of doping offences. He lives in Switzerland.
Marco Pantani : arguably the best climber of all time, Pantani won both the Tour and the Giro in1998. He is the most recent cyclist to have won the Grand Double. Dogged by drug use his career declined sharply. He died from cocaine poisoning and a cerebral edema in 2004, when he was 34.
Mario Cipollini: Italian “Cipo” retired in 2005, only to re-emerge in 2008 and race for Rock Racing in the Tour of California. He retired again shortly afterwards. He now has his own bicycle manufacturing business.