Early 20th journalists started creating nicknames for the cyclists. This effort popularized the cycling sport and make the racers interesting to the people who were not interested in cycling much. This tradition is still continuing today. Here the list of cyclists’ nicknames in alphabetical order (by surname, starting with D):
By Surname: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W
|Roger De Vlaeminck||The Gypsy from Eeklo,
|Belgium||24 Aug 1947
|Pedro Delgado||Perico||Spain||15 Apr 1960
|Danilo Di Luca *||Killer||Italy||02 Jan 1976
The Butterfly of Maastricht
When you think of Tom Dumoulin doing a time trial the image of a butterfly gracefully floating through the air may come to mind – that’s how easy the Dutchman makes it. And he comes from Maastricht, so that bit makes sense.