What's the best pro cyclists's name?

by Dave Atkinson   March 13, 2013  

My personal favourite is Johann of Zyl. he sounds like he should be in Buck Rogers or sutin.

Also a fan of Boy van Poppel as a name.

How about youse?

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tony gallopin sounds like a horse

slightly more aerodynamic than a brick

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posted by HarveyMorcombe [48 posts]
21st March 2013 - 18:53

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TallAlex wrote:
Lars Boom is my absolute favourite.

Mine too, it's got me seriously considering a name change...

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posted by _Karlos_ [65 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 13:59

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Heinrich Haussler - got to be a ww2 ss officer with a name like that.

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posted by stumps [2425 posts]
1st April 2013 - 21:31

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BOOM has to be up there. I also quite like Wilko Kelderman

posted by mrkeith119 [84 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 3:49

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In no particular order...
Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Lars Boom, Jesper Skibby, Johnny Hoogerland
My other bike is a BOOM!

posted by DonnyCampo [54 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 22:16

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Johann Tschopp is a great name. Also I'm intrigued by Boy van Poppel. Is Boy a Dutch name? Is it a nickname? Or are his parents really unimaginative and his sister is called Girl van Poppel?

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [252 posts]
3rd April 2013 - 8:10

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Ryder Hesjedal. If I ever get round to having any kids, it's gotta be Ryder for a boy.

posted by Tom Amos [201 posts]
8th May 2013 - 13:04

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Peter Post - conjured up a picture of the peleton being infiltrated by Postman Pat.

An aside, listening to the final of Brain of Britain 2012 I was shocked when non of the finalists could spell 'Merckx' Surprise

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posted by Crosshouses [141 posts]
9th May 2013 - 9:47

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NEEEEBLLEEEE (Nibali)

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posted by BenMWilliamson [28 posts]
13th May 2013 - 21:58

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Surprised nobody had picked Joop Zoetemelk. I always think he'd have made a fortune selling his name as an energy drink.

posted by Shouldbeinbed [27 posts]
16th May 2013 - 8:04

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Also I'm very much enjoying: Jarlinson Pantano

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7027 posts]
16th May 2013 - 8:11

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Nice idea. Someone should do that. Change your surname to that of a Pro cyclist. It would be the ultimate declaration of being a pro cycling fan.

posted by Tom Amos [201 posts]
20th May 2013 - 11:55

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Love some of the Italian names.

A Frank Goodnight....

Francesco Bongiorno for me I just want to keep saying it.

Daniele Pietropolli (Dani peter chicken)say it fast makes me laugh...

also like the sound of:

Longho Borghini is it a fast car, a silent movie horror star or a huge truck?

posted by stevemarks [334 posts]
20th May 2013 - 13:32

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Perhaps I could add Mario Cipollini (he has to be a film star!)

posted by bobet1955 [3 posts]
26th May 2013 - 13:38

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Etienne de Wilde -always stuck in my mind...

posted by yenrod [87 posts]
26th May 2013 - 21:16

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Also, Dario Frigo literally translates as fridge or cold or something like that Wink

posted by yenrod [87 posts]
26th May 2013 - 21:23

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Anglicisation of Italian names gives some great results.

Mauro Santambrogio turns into the very posh sounding Maurice St Ambrose, while you probably don't want to be drafting Francis Windy, or Francisco Ventoso to his parents.

Not a translation, but I now have the Giro winner firmly in my head as Vinny Nibbles, who really should have been running bootleg booze into Brooklyn during Prohibition Wink ;)

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7472 posts]
26th May 2013 - 22:16

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Yes, he sounds like a character straight out of Damon Runyon doesn't he.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [252 posts]
26th May 2013 - 22:22

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Jacob Piil... It's such a shame he never tested positive

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posted by minnellium [69 posts]
31st May 2013 - 7:42

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THOR...

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posted by Cooks [467 posts]
5th July 2013 - 21:54

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Fabian Cancellara is undeniably a cool name, but I do also enjoy saying Ramunas Navardauskas. Sylvain Chavanel is also rather satisfying to say.

Winner hands down is the unbeatable Abdujaparov.

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posted by Ghedebrav [801 posts]
6th July 2013 - 0:21

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However, easy to forget that Eddy Merckx is also a pretty awesome name (and Axel too, for that matter).

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posted by Ghedebrav [801 posts]
6th July 2013 - 0:26

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Lars Boom for the win! Big Grin

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posted by hoopy [2 posts]
6th July 2013 - 17:38

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Does it not bug everyone how every ITV commentator prnounces every cyclist's name differently? How many different pronounciations of Sagan can you have? And dont get me started on Fuglsang...

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posted by Cooks [467 posts]
6th July 2013 - 21:44

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Cooks wrote:
Does it not bug everyone how every ITV commentator prnounces every cyclist's name differently? How many different pronounciations of Sagan can you have? And dont get me started on Fuglsang...

What about Peter (Kenner, Kenno, Kenyuck, Kenyack, Kennog, Kenyah) Kennaugh

posted by NeilG83 [168 posts]
6th July 2013 - 22:09

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NeilG83 wrote:
Cooks wrote:
Does it not bug everyone how every ITV commentator prnounces every cyclist's name differently? How many different pronounciations of Sagan can you have? And dont get me started on Fuglsang...

What about Peter (Kenner, Kenno, Kenyuck, Kenyack, Kennog, Kenyah) Kennaugh

Ignore all of those; Pete Kennaugh's dad has tweeted that it's pronounced Kenyick!

posted by NeilG83 [168 posts]
7th July 2013 - 10:40

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Bob Jungels (RadioShack rider)

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9th July 2013 - 0:06

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Bauke Mollema sounds like a new space age fabric from a dodgy petrochemical conglomorate. 'His whole suit is made of Balco Molymer.'

David Bowie agrees with me

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posted by bikeboy76 [1046 posts]
13th July 2013 - 17:28

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How about Val O. Drome?

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13th July 2013 - 21:01

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KNEES

Because anyone who's named after a body part is a hero.

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posted by mooleur [353 posts]
19th August 2013 - 16:51

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