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Who is the heaviest (current) pro cyclist ?

09 Feb 2013 21:02

I was surprised to read Phinney saying he weighs 85kg on the recent CN article (he must be deceptively very tall). Obviously as a general rule you don't want to weigh too much as a pro cyclist, 80+ seems suitable for cobblestone riders and time trialists but terrible for climbing. Anyways was just curious who the heaviest cyclist was ...

Cancellara and Boonen are both about 82kg which is quite impressive but the best I found was Alex Rasmussen at 88kg. Anyone higher ?
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09 Feb 2013 21:10

Magnus Bäckstedt is 94kg I think although not sure if he is still riding this year.
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09 Feb 2013 21:23

Bernie's eyesore wrote:Magnus Bäckstedt is 94kg I think although not sure if he is still riding this year.


Backstedt retired in 2009. He was certainly the heaviest I remember in recnt times.

Out of the current active Pro's might well be Phinney, as Rasmussen is still banned. Even guys like hushovd & Vansummeren are around 80 Kgs.

Riders who combined both track & Road might be in the 80s though.
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09 Feb 2013 21:30

the asian wrote:Backstedt retired in 2009. He was certainly the heaviest I remember in recnt times.

Out of the current active Pro's might well be Phinney, as Rasmussen is still banned. Even guys like hushovd & Vansummeren are around 80 Kgs.

Riders who combined both track & Road might be in the 80s though.


He had a comeback with Team UK Youth that was a continental team in 2012 and he rode Tour of Britain for example. Not sure if continental teams count for the topic starter though.
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09 Feb 2013 21:30

the asian wrote:Backstedt retired in 2009. He was certainly the heaviest I remember in recnt times.

Out of the current active Pro's might well be Phinney, as Rasmussen is still banned. Even guys like hushovd & Vansummeren are around 80 Kgs.

Riders who combined both track & Road might be in the 80s though.


Backstedt is still riding, currently for Team Youth UK. So he is still the heaviest.

http://www.teamukyouth.co.uk/magnus-backstedt/
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09 Feb 2013 21:39

ingsve wrote:He had a comeback with Team UK Youth that was a continental team in 2012 and he rode Tour of Britain for example. Not sure if continental teams count for the topic starter though.


markene2 wrote:Backstedt is still riding, currently for Team Youth UK. So he is still the heaviest.

http://www.teamukyouth.co.uk/magnus-backstedt/


Ah. ok. Does he count as a pro though. If so it definitely will be him.
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09 Feb 2013 21:44

the asian wrote:Ah. ok. Does he count as a pro though. If so it definitely will be him.


I don't know, i am not sure what qualifies as a pro. But he did ride Tour of Britain last year.

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09 Feb 2013 22:03

I seem to remember this being discussed on ES before, Jens Mouris is a name I think they mentioned - 91 kg according to Wikipedia, but how accurate that is I don't know.
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09 Feb 2013 22:10

How heavy's Kittel?
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09 Feb 2013 22:27

at the tour last year his weight was 82kg, maybe a bit more at this point of the season
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09 Feb 2013 22:48

Jens Mouris weighs 91 kgs, although he's almost 2 meters in length that's one heavy rider.
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09 Feb 2013 22:56

Robert Förster has got to be the rider with the highest BMI (approx 27)
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09 Feb 2013 23:00

Christian Knees is a big tall guy, though admittedly pretty skinny but he much weigh a good bit
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09 Feb 2013 23:04

Eyeballs Out wrote:Robert Förster has got to be the rider with the highest BMI (approx 27)


Yes, Förster has 85 kgs, 177 cm tall, AFAIK.
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09 Feb 2013 23:20

Thanks for the responses, 94kg is a lot !

I also just remembered Dario Pieri (retired) was pretty, er 'chunky', anyone got a weight for him (when he was active) ? I couldn't find one.
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09 Feb 2013 23:38

deValtos wrote:Thanks for the responses, 94kg is a lot !

I also just remembered Dario Pieri (retired) was pretty, er 'chunky', anyone got a weight for him (when he was active) ? I couldn't find one.


According to this forum (http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13494) Pieri could be 93 kg or 108 kg. Not sure how accurate their info is though.

Dario Pieri (Ita) 1.82 m 93 kg
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Saw him racing in Jan 2005 at the Tour Down Under and he looked BIG. Word was that he weighed 108kg at the time, which sounded believable, but I cannot vouch for the source. Forget about Ulrich, this man ate all the pies. Lasted half the first stage. Amazing to consider that this was a ProTour rider at the time.
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10 Feb 2013 00:04

Pieri did really pile it on towards the end of his career. 100kg+ wouldn't surprise me.
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10 Feb 2013 00:50

there was a pic of the bmc team on the podium after winning the TTT at the tour of qatar the other day. it really showed the big diff in stature of riders. phinney and another guy looked enormous compared to the little guys!
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10 Feb 2013 01:03

willbick wrote:there was a pic of the bmc team on the podium after winning the TTT at the tour of qatar the other day. it really showed the big diff in stature of riders. phinney and another guy looked enormous compared to the little guys!


That reminds me of this photo of Phinney. Big George Hincapie not looking so big anymore. ;)

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10 Feb 2013 01:15

Is this the Benjamín Noval discussion thread?
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