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gerry12ie

Most Stylish Cyclists


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Stylish is (and should be Very Happy) a very loaded term.  Souplesse, grace, kit, elegance and looks should all come in to play, and much of it is purely subjective.  The attached list is right on many counts (Battaglin, Fignon, Moser, Bartoli), oh so wrong on others (Kittel stylish? Tafi? Theunisse? - No, no, and no), and bang on the money with the obvious ones (Coppi, Anquetil, Roche)...

BUT

seriously... no Contador, no Maertens, no Cipo?

My not so random top 10, and in no real order but I do think Roche was pretty much poetry in motion on a bike, as was Freddy in a sprint...

Anquetil
Simpson
Roche
Contador
Boonen
de Vlaeminck
Moser
Battaglin
Maertens
Moncoutie
mr shifter

Sorry, but that's a complete load of Twaddle.
Bartali

Its only a bit of fun Mr S.

I generally find it hard to think of sprinters as stylish tho' Malcolm Elliott is probably an exception in my book.  

Okay ... Coppi, Simpson Anquetil, Koblet, Battaglin ... that's 5.

Never a Roche fan, but at his best he looked the part.  Moser and Gimondi too.

Contador?  I understand what you mean, but not stylish for me.  A little bit brash for me perhaps.  Cipo definately to flash, but fun though.  From the modern crop, I would say Nibali exudes style (well I would wouldn't I), Basso for sure and maybe Kloden?

What about Bugno and Fuente?
Fontfroide

Surely David Miller gets a nod, although maybe I have no idea what stylish is for a bike rider.  Agree with most of the others.
Bartali

Good call re Miller.  Indurain too.  

What about Ulrich Wink
gerry12ie

Aye, Millar is definitely a good call - Bugno too for sure
SlowRower

Sir Brad must be in with a shout as well. He barely looks like he's trying most of the time, which is a good indicator of style in my book. (Except on CBA days, when he genuinely isn't trying!)

Nibs falls into this category as well. He looked like he was skimming across the cobbles soft-pedalling in the Tour last year whilst everyone else was labouring.

(Views of "not trying", "soft-pedalling" etc. exclude close up facial shots, where effort is generally easy to deduce. It's the absence of body movement and smoothness of pedalling under duress that really stands out for me.)

What about descending? The big guys descending bring a little extra to the style party.
HuwB

Having watched Sir Wiggins on the front for much of the Het Nieuwsblad coverage, I'd have to agree with SR.
Looked smoother than a Rolls Royce in cruise control.

How about someone a little less famous, but who is also an elegant cruiser in my book:
Mikhail Ignatiev.
mr shifter

Bartali wrote:
Its only a bit of fun Mr S.

Okay ... Coppi, Simpson Anquetil, Koblet, Battaglin ... that's 5.

Never a Roche fan, but at his best he looked the part.  Moser and Gimondi too.

Contador?  I understand what you mean, but not stylish for me.  A little bit brash for me perhaps.  Cipo definately to flash, but fun though.  From the modern crop, I would say Nibali exudes style (well I would wouldn't I), Basso for sure and maybe Kloden?

What about Bugno and Fuente?

Ok, a bit of fun but the winter is over, but I'll play with very similar thoughts to Bartali's highlights.
The 7 for sure (and Nibali/Basso) but up there also is my mate Ferdi Kubler with the third musketer Raphaël Géminiani. (that trio went to Africa where Fausto got Malaria) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix4kUBw7aIM
Stephen Roche, the only man I've seen needing Oxygen at the finish is someone I can't accept as stylish but Sean Kelly with his own brand of style is one of my favourites. (wish they had had Oxygen on Ventoux for Tom)
Talking about "roadmen" then move on to Time Trialists and a different ball game and David Miller has one of the best styles I've seen of many thousands, with Sean Yates pretty good also. (there are too many to mention here, but a must is Wiggo)
Miguel Indurain was Stylish in TT's and while climbing mountains in his unrelenting style of sitting in the saddle with wheel suckers on his wheel.

I do like riders that climb "on the tops" and in the Ruta del Sol last week I actually started to warm to Froome.  Embarassed

The K-B-K came over the KRUISBERG last Sunday and that hill top always reminds me of Gianni Bugno with style in full steam leading RVV one year.

Now Francesco Moser's terrific style (makes me think also of Franco Ballerini) along with Roger De Vlaeminck,Fabian Cancellara and others.

There, that's my bit of Twaddle about some of my Style setters.
gerry12ie

Certainly Wiggins on the bike but he strays into Cipo territory with all the rockstar add-ons, non?  I know Samu sported the odd dodgy gold or polka'd outfit but in fairness...


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SlowRower

gerry12ie wrote:
Certainly Wiggins on the bike but he strays into Cipo territory with all the rockstar add-ons, non?


My assessment of "stylish cyclist" is limited purely to what the body does on the bike. I'm no great expert of style off the bike, but I would say that Cipo carried off his image better than Wiggo does his.
ventoux

I think we can agree this is all very subjective, and in the eye of the beholder... but Gianni Motta a must for me, along with Simpson (of course)

... and if we're talking sprinters, then Patrick Sercu & Daniel Morelin had it in spades (OK- I know they were track sprinters, but....)

... and showing my age (& my "roots" - OK I'm a brummie....) Grant Thomas was always class on a bike.....
Bartali

Motta .... now there's a great call!! Smile
berck

Fontfroide wrote:
... although maybe I have no idea what stylish is for a bike rider.


According to Bart, rule #1 is ... no black socks. Very Happy Wink
Fontfroide

berck wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:
... although maybe I have no idea what stylish is for a bike rider.


According to Bart, rule #1 is ... no black socks. Very Happy Wink


Oh no, its the socks again.  

It is true however, that dark socks don't show the dirt/grime as easily and are therefore useful for one or two more rides.  And I don't really get it as Bartali is often dressed in black or dark, to match his Parlee , and white socks with a dark bike is not that great.
mr shifter

berck wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:
... although maybe I have no idea what stylish is for a bike rider.


According to Bart, rule #1 is ... no black socks. Very Happy Wink

I agree.
For example about 50/60 years ago in the English/Welsh Time Trialing scene there was a guy, Vic Gibbons who was the only one with Black socks in TT racing.
The general consensus in the "Cycling Club World" was that he looked "Gungy" and the excuse made for him was that they matched the all black outfits that Time Trialists had to wear in those early years through to the Post War years.
Cycle racing from the start had to be inconspicuous in GB because it wasn't allowed and the only way for competitions was to ride "Solo" as there is no Law against a solo bike rider on the roads. (on the continent they were allowed to race, hence the reason they have the Classics)
However in the Fifties the Regulations were eased and Club colours were allowed and nobody wanted shitty black socks anymore.
mazda

Sorry, but I refuse to wear white socks with black shoes, of any kind.
Fontfroide

mazda wrote:
Sorry, but I refuse to wear white socks with black shoes, of any kind.


You still wear black cycling shoes?  Wink

Me too.  I would not change to any of those fancy coloured ones, certainly not white, unless I got them free, along with another pair in black just like them.
gerry12ie

I thought cycling shoes only came in white these days?
Mrs John Murphy

mazda wrote:
Sorry, but I refuse to wear white socks with black shoes, of any kind.


Although every kit these days is black.

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