Robin Williams was surely well-known for his acting skills. But very few people are aware of the fact that he had a passion for cycling as well. He was friends with Eddy Merckx and Lance Armstrong who are both experienced and popular cyclists.
Williams was truly a very close follower of the major professional cycling tournaments and when once he was asked as to how many cycles/bikes he owned, Williams replied “too many to count”.
As soon as Team Sky (British-based cycling team famous due to the cycling stars like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome) got to know about Robin Williams’ death, their official page on Twitter was utilized in order to pay a tribute to him. The tweet from Team Sky thanked him for his support and paid condolences to his relatives and friends.
It was due to Lance Armstrong that Williams was inspired to support cycling. He had even participated in the charity event that Lance Armstrong’s foundation had organized in Texas known as Ride for the Roses. Along with that, Robin Williams was an ardent supporter of Tour de France.
During the Tour de France 2002, he actually donned Armstrong’s team’s jersey and took a ride with Armstrong and the U.S. Postal cycling team.
Williams used to make an appearance in almost all the major cycling events because of which he got to know Eddy Merckx as well. Merckx was a cycling legend during the 1970s because he had won many one-day classics and major tours.
Merckx was shocked when he got to know about Williams’ death and said that Williams was extremely humorous and an avid cycling fan too.
Even Lance Armstrong used Twitter as a medium to pay tribute to the legendary comedian and tweeted that he loves Williams and will surely miss him terribly since he was a great friend.