Which pro cyclists have really excellent names? Here’s our pick of de bunch.
Some are amusing. Some sound cool. Some are just fun to say out loud. Let’s celebrate the international vibe of pro cycling with a round-up up our favourite monickers.
1. Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
AKA the Tashkent Terror. The Russian sprinter who no one wanted to be next to in a sprint.
2. Pedro Delgado
AKA Perico. A much loved fan favourite with an aggressive style and an unpredictable relationship with Lady Luck.
3. Vladimir Karpets
Another big Russian. Perhaps best known for winning the White Jersey in the 2004 Tour De France.
4. Oscar Egg
A pre-WWI hour record specialist who later went on to invent non-round chainrings.
5. Christian Knees
A childish choice admittedly but this German rider for Team Sky always must us smile when we see his name in the results.
6. Pim Ligthart
7. Steele Von Hoff
The Australian rider with a name straight out of Mills & Boon.
8. Jacques Anquetil
Simply one of the most French things ever. Every single syllable is not pronounced how it would be in English.
9. Boy Van Poppel
There were an awful lot of Dutch names on our short list. There’s just something about the use of three names that amuses us Brits.
10. Bob Roll
AKA Bobke. A great all round cyclist and respected American commentator.
11. Bert De Backer
Belgian names were also all over our short list. This name can become addictive to say repeatedly.
12. Marco Pantani
Just a great name that combines punchiness with elegance, like the man himself.
Who’s your favourite?
Who have we missed out? Leave your suggestions below please!