While the Giro continues this week, let’s have a look at who has scored most wins: The now 47 year old Italian rider Fabiana Luperini won the race four times consecutively between 1995 and 1998 and a fifth time, ten years later, in 2008.
Best known as a sprinter, the American former pro rider turned 60 on 4 July. She’s a four-time world cycling champion and five-time Olympian (3 times in cycling and 2 times in speed skating) and a ten-time national sprint champion. She was the only US rider to win a cycling medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and was ranked in the top 3 in the world for over 10 years. After her retirement in 1996, she became a motivational speaker and coach and founded the Connie Cycling Foundation. The organisation aims to bring children and families of all backgrounds and abilities together through cycling, providing opportunity for education, competition, and development.
The former French pro rider, born in Normandy, celebrated her 70th birthday on 30 June. She started cycling when one day, riding to her boarding school in Granville, she met the Durel brothers (Philippe Durel would later ride the Tour de France) and was complimented on her strong pedal stroke. This encounter helped to motivate her to continue improving her riding skills, and she eventually became the most successful French rider of the 1970s, winning the World Road Championship title in 1972 and again in 1974, as well as taking 22 national titles on the road and track. She retired from competition in 1978 and, trained as a nurse, subsequently took up a nursing position in a hospital near her hometown.