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 is the list of cyclists’ nicknames in alphabetical order (by surname, starting with U):
“Il Pendolino” (The Little Train)
Diego Ulissi was born in Cecina (15 July 1989) and won the Junior World Road Race Championships in 2006 and 2007. He is the second cyclist ever (after Giuseppe Palumbo) to achieve two consecutive World Junior Road titles.
Known as “Il Pendolino” (The Little Train), his palmarès includes six Giro d’Italia stages (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016), the 2013 editions of Milano-Torino and Giro dell’Emilia, and the overall classification of the 2011 Tour of Slovenia.
“The Kaiser, “Der Jan”
Jan Ullrich (born 2 December 1973) won the Tour de France in 1997. He won gold (road race) and silver (time trial) medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He also won 1999 Vuelta a España. He retired in February 2007.