Professional Cyclists Nicknames

Rider Nickname
Adri van der Poel Poelke, Pou-pou
Alberto Contador El Pistolero
Alejandro Valverde El Imbatido
Alessandro Petacchi Ale-Jet
Alexandre Vinokourov Vino
Andre Greipel The Gorilla
Bernard Hinault Le Blaireau, The Badger
Bjarne Riis The Eagle of Herning
Bram Tankink De Tank, The Tank
Cadel Evans Cuddles
Charly Gaul L'Ange de la montagne, Angel of the mountain
Claude Criquelion Cri-cri , Le Criq
Damiano Cunego Little Prince
Denis Menchov Pope
Eddy Merckx The Cannibal
Iban Mayo The Rooster, El Gallo, El principe de Igorre
Igor Anton Fuji
Ivan Basso Ivan the Terrible
Fabian Cancellara Spartacus
Federico Bahamontès The Eagle of Toledo
Filippo Pozzato Pippo
Frank Vandenbroucke VDB, God
Fumiyuki Beppu Fumy
George Hincapie Big George
Gerrie Knetemann De Kneet
Gert Steegmans TGV
Gilberto Simoni The Spider
Iban Mayo El principe de Igorre
Igor Anton Fuji
Jelle Nijdam Snelle Jelle
Jeroen Blijlevens Jerommeke
Johan Bruyneel The Hog
Johan Museeuw De Leeuw van Vlaanderen, The Lion of Flanders
Johnny Hoogerland Bull of Beveland
José Luis Rubiera Chechu
Juan Antonio Flecha Jan Anton Pijl, Van der Flecha, The Spanish Flandrien
Jurgen Van den Broeck VDB2
Kenny van Hummel Kamikaze Kenny
Lance Armstrong The Boss, Tour de Lance, Mellow Johnny
Laurens ten Dam The Snake Charmer (referring to The Tour of Basque Country 2008 where he hypnotised Ricco)
Laurent Fignon Le Professeur
Laurent Jalabert Jaja, El Jaya, The Panda
Manuel Beltran Triki
Marco Pantani Il Pirata, The Pirate
Mario Cipollini Super Mario
Mark Cavendish Manx Man, Manx Express
Michael Boogerd Boogey
Michael Rasmussen Chicken
Miguel Indurain Miguelón, Big Mig
Nico Eeckhout Rambo
Oscar Freire Oscarito, The Cat
Paolo Bettini The Cricket, Il Grillo
Paolo Savoldelli Il Falco, The Falcon
Raymond Poulidor Pou-pou
Riccardo Riccò Cobra (self-named)
Robbie McEwen Pocket Rocket
Robert Gesink De Condor van Varsseveld, The Condor of Varsseveld
Sylvain Chavanel La Machine
Thomas Voeckler Chou-Chou, Ti-Blanc
Thor Hushovd The Bear from Grimstad, God of Thunder
Tom Boonen Tornado Tom
   

Nicknames explanation


The nicknames of all professional cyclists mentioned are nicknames given to them. The nicknames do not come from forums where people like to give their own made-up nicknames.