Miguel Indurain, Spain's most renowned athlete and perhaps the greatest cyclist ever—he won an unprecedented five straight Tours de France—announced his retirement last week at age 32. A few facts about Big Mig:
•His endurance was due in part to his ability to suck it up: His 7.8-liter lung capacity is about four liters above normal.
•He never reigned in Spain: His best finish in his own nation's Tour was a second in 1991.
•He suffered from stage blight: During his five Tour de France victories, he won only 10 individual stages.
•He'll always have Paris: In 1993 President François Mitterrand a warded Indurain the French Legion of Honor.