The most famous cycling race in the world is the Tour De France.
Lance Armstrong with a total of 7 wins.
The Tour de France is oldest and most prestigious Grand Tour. There are three Grand Tours: the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espania. The format is generally the same for each. After these three races, other races are generally shorter (either one day or multiple days) and have less teams/riders participating.
Eddie MerckxLance Armstrong won 7 in a row from 1999-2005
From Wikipedia: Hors catégorie is a French term used in cycle races (most notably, the Tour de France) to designate a climb that is "beyond categorization", an incredibly tough climb.
Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, but he was disqualified in 2012 for doping.
Nine, by Sebastian Vettel in the last nnine races of 2013.
It's the most well known. There are three main stage races on the UCI (union cycliste internationale) .. -la vuelta espana -le giro d'italia -le tour de France
No. the "big" event is male-only, by rule and definition. There is a Tour de France only for women, and most big cycling races, like Giro d'Italia, Paris-Roubaix etc. has womens versions aswell.
I think - but I'm not entirely certain - this record is held by two men; Mario Cipollini in 1999 and Charles Pelissier in 1930 with four consecutive stage wins each.