Cycling quiz: name the palmarès

Can you identify the professional cyclist - active or retired - from some of their less well known results?

It’s easy to know who won the 2012 Tour de France or Paris-Roubaix in 2014, but would you be able to name the rider who came 27th in the 1997 Tour of Flanders?

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For many riders, the headline results come later in their careers when something of an apprenticeship has been served working for the existing team leader, before they usurp that position and taste their own glory.

Very few riders burst onto the Grand Tour scene in their first season, most instead have a crack at the Tour Méditerranéen or take a stage in the Coppi e Bartali. It’s in those early days of finishing in the grupetto or having a run out in much smaller races that we’ve looked at here.

We’ve picked out some of the more obscure results from a range of otherwise very impressive professional cycling results. ‘You’re only as good as your last race’, someone once said; well here riders are only as good as they were at a randomly selected time on their Wikipedia page.