Choirboy, cocaine and crowbars: Cycling's most notorious lawbreakers

Tales of cyclists bending or breaking the rules litter the sport’s history but Chris Marshall-Bell uncovers those that have gone further and broken the law

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Over the decades, there have been many extravagant and wild personalities within cycling. Most have been harmless, but some have resorted to acts, or an entire life, of crime. 

While we would never advocate, nor celebrate, criminal behaviour, in an era when true crime podcasts and TV series are exploding in popularity, we went in search of cycling’s lawbreakers.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.