OTHER RIDERS TO CROSS SPORTS
Cycling is full of riders who have started out in different sports before switching to cycling. Here are some current examples
Before becoming one of the best GC riders in the world, Roglič was a ski jumper, with two wins in the Continental Cup, the second tier of the sport. His personal best distance was 185 metres.
The prodigious Evenepoel started out as a footballer, and was in the youth academies of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven. He played for the Belgium U16 national team five times.
Woods came to cycling late after beginning his sporting career as a middle distance runner. The Canadian set national junior records in the mile and 3000m races, including a sub- 4 mile.
Hughes began her athletic life as a speed skater before adding cycling. She is the only person to have won multiple medals at Summer and Winter Olympics in the two different sports..
The precocious Dutch rider also started out on the ice rink, taking part in speed skating, which is one of the Netherlands’ national sports, before switching to two wheels.