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Cyclists' Nicknames

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In an effort to popularize the sport and make the racers interesting to less committed sports fans, early 20th century journalists took to creating nicknames for the riders. Tour father Henri Desgrange was a particularly energetic namer.

The tradition didn't stop with Desgrange and today nearly every popular rider has a handle given to him by his teammates, fans or sports writers. Here is a sampling. I haven't bothered listing common diminutives, such as "Bill" for William or Dédé for André.

I've linked riders with their interviews or histories posted on BikeRaceInfo

Special thanks to Les Woodland and Larry Theobald of CycleItalia


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