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Bala Verde said:
Thought he was also known as the hamster, because he's got a set of baggy cheeks...

Probably. I just refer to him as the Guppy with a riding buddy of mine. We also call Leipheimer "The Girl Scout".
 
Michael Andersson "Roddarn" (The Rower)
Thomas Lövkvist "Gotland" (Named after the biggest island in Sweden where he is from)
Gustav Larsson "Gurra" (Common nickname for Gustav)
Marcus Ljungqvist "Ljungken"

A norwegian newspaper had a vote to determine a suitable nickname for Edvald Boasson Hagen and the most popular option was "The Biking Viking". Personally I simply prefer EBH.
 
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For the retro-American guys:

Eric Heiden = Gomer (for his popensity to break equipment)
Doug Shapiro = The Bullet
Alex Steida = Link (as in missing link, don't know why)
Hampsten = Hampster
Phinney = cash register

Gert Thuneisse (sp?) = Geronimo (aka "testo")
Phil Anderson = kangaroo
 
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Connor Pass said:
That would be Sean!! That's just the translation of John into Irish so technically not a nickname.

Joaquin Rodriguez = Purito (not sure what it means)

diminutive (or affectionately) of puro, so something like the little pure/innocent one.

Anyhow, here's a nice selection, retrieved HERE

Henny Kuiper= the philosopher/de filosoof; the gentleman
Moncoutie= the Dreamer
Moreau= le chien
Museeuw= the lion of Flandres/De leeuw van Vlaanderen
Kneteman= de Kneet
De Vlaeminck= Monsieur P-R
Delgado= Pedro Drogado; farmacia delgado; el conquistador
Magnus Backstedt= Big Mag
Bartoli=Leoncino
Bassons=Monsieur Propre
Steve Bauer= Gros cul (very much appreciated by the peloton I guess)
Beppu Fumiyuki= fumy
Jeroen Blijlevens= Jerommeke
Boonen= de bom van Balen (the bomb from Balen)
Garzelli= Il Scoiattolo/squirrel
 
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Ciapucci called himself El Diablo, but he had another one from the peloton and I cannot seem to find it on the interwebs or access that ROM in my brain. It was a negative reference for the idiotic way he attacked just about anywhere...speed bumps, feed zones, neutralized starts, you name it.

Anyone remember?
 
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Thoughtforfood said:
Ciapucci called himself El Diablo, but he had another one from the peloton and I cannot seem to find it on the interwebs or access that ROM in my brain. It was a negative reference for the idiotic way he attacked just about anywhere...speed bumps, feed zones, neutralized starts, you name it.

Anyone remember?

I only remember Lemond calling him Capuccino.
 
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Thoughtforfood said:
Ciapucci called himself El Diablo, but he had another one from the peloton and I cannot seem to find it on the interwebs or access that ROM in my brain. It was a negative reference for the idiotic way he attacked just about anywhere...speed bumps, feed zones, neutralized starts, you name it.

Anyone remember?

This is what I found:

Andreotti
Calimero
Chiappa
il Diablo
Indiano
Monzon
Motoperuto
 
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Bala Verde said:
This is what I found:

Andreotti
Calimero
Chiappa
il Diablo
Indiano
Monzon
Motoperuto

It could have been something as simple as "il Stupido" but I just cannot remember for sure. Of course it has been what, 16 or so years since I would have read it. The interwebs were not as developed then, and that article is long gone into the land of old paper stacks.
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
Davis Phinney - Thor
I've never heard him called Thor, but I have heard him referred to as "Cash Register" for all the primes he used to win.

Pedro Delgado - Perico (Is that just Spanish for Petey?)
Miguel Indurain - VeloNews always used to call him Big Mig.
Mark Cavendish - I've heard him called "The Manx Express" which I thought was better than "The Manx Missile."
Mario Cipollini - The Lion King. Was that mentioned already?
Abraham Olano - Miguelito (SP?) Olano was called Little Mig because he looked so much like Big Mig. See for yourself.
 
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Joaquín "PURITO" Rodríguez.

In Spanish: Puro=Cigar - Purito=Small Cigar.

I heard Rodríguez the other night explaining his nickname. He was training on the mountains with his teammates. He was feeling great and making everyone suffer. He passed everyone mimmicking as if he were smoking. Someone called him "Purito". It stuck.

Great underrated rider. This year he'll be fighting for himself. Let's see how his 1st Tour of France turns out.
 
Igor Anton - Fuji (no idea why, but even his helmet says it)
Di Luca - the killer
Valverde - El Imbatido (the unbeaten)
Savoldelli - Il Falco
Pellizotti - Il delfino, but I guess this will chance to Il dopino which is I admit not funny
 
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Peter van Petegem - De Zwarte van Brakel/The Black from Brakel
Stijn Devolder - Volderke
Dave Bruylandts - Dr. Dave
Thorwald Veneberg - The Professor
Maarten Ducrot - The King of Biafra
 
MARCO PANTANI= IL PIRATA= the Pirate
Pedro "perico" delgado = "Parrot"
Luis "el Jardinerito" Herrera= Little Gardener
Omar "el zorro" hernandez = the Fox
Felix "el cebollita"Cardenas= the little onion/scallion
Joaquin "purito" Rodriguez = Bullock


gotta love those spanish nicknames:)