Early 20th journalists started creating nicknames for cyclists. This effort popularized the cycling sport and make the racers interesting to people who were not interested in cycling much. This tradition is still continuing today. Here is the list of cyclists’ nicknames in alphabetical order (by surname, starting with Q):

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

Ivan Quaranta

Il Ghepardo (The Cheetah)

Nicknames of cyclists: Ivan Quaranta - Il Ghepardo (The Cheetah)
Nicknames of cyclists: Ivan Quaranta – Il Ghepardo (The Cheetah)

Ivan Quaranta (born 14 December 1974) is an Italian sprinter. He competed professionally between 1997 and 2008. He won six stages at the Giro d’Italia between 1999 and 2001.

He is nicknamed Il Ghepardo (The Cheetah) because of his fast sprinting.

Nairo Quintana

Nairoman, El Cóndor de los Andes (The Condor of the Andes)

Nicknames of Cyclists - Nairo Quintana at the start of Tour de France 2017 Stage 3 in Verviers (Belgium)
Nicknames of cyclists: Nairo Quintana “Nairoman” at the start of Tour de France 2017 Stage 3 in Verviers (Belgium). Photo by Hoebele – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Nairo Alexánder Quintana Rojas (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian climbing specialist. Known for his ability to launch sustained and repeated attacks on ascents of steep gradients, Nairo Quintana is nicknamed “Nairoman” and “l Cóndor de los Andes” (The Condor of the Andes).

The palmarès of Nairo Quintana include:

Tour de France

  • Mountains classification (2013)
  • Young rider classification (2013, 2015)
  • 3 individual stages (2013, 2018, 2019)

Giro d’Italia

  • General classification (2014)
  • Young rider classification (2014)
  • 3 individual stages (2014, 2017)

Vuelta a España

  • General classification (2016)
  • Combination classification (2016)
  • 2 individual stages (2016, 2019)
  • 2 TTT stages (2012, 2014)

Stage races

  • Tour of the Basque Country (2013)
  • Volta a Catalunya (2016)
  • Tour de Romandie (2016)
  • Tirreno-Adriatico (2015, 2017)
  • Vuelta a Burgos (2013, 2014)
  • Tour de la Provence (2020, 2022)

One-day races and Classics

  • Giro dell’Emilia (2012)

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

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