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I was just leafing through a Graham Watson book and it got me wondering.

You have the heroes of the sport who win great races a plenty and everyone remembers. But what about those riders who don't necessarily win a lot, but have a sense of style that makes up for it.

The ones I remember for instance are Daniel Gisiger and Angel Arroyo.

Gisiger was the Malvor TT specialist who was always immaculately turned out in an all white Bottecchia, and Arroyo was picking up fines for white shoes way before Cipo.
 

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ultimobici said:
I was just leafing through a Graham Watson book and it got me wondering.

You have the heroes of the sport who win great races a plenty and everyone remembers. But what about those riders who don't necessarily win a lot, but have a sense of style that makes up for it.

The ones I remember for instance are Daniel Gisiger and Angel Arroyo.

Gisiger was the Malvor TT specialist who was always immaculately turned out in an all white Bottecchia, and Arroyo was picking up fines for white shoes way before Cipo.
I think that I'm opposite of what you're thinking. I seem to remember the gritty guys, the guys who got it done, and then kind of melted back into the scenary of things. I guess maybe because I come from working class roots? Don't know why. Maybe that and I don't care much about style on the bike. Ekimov comes to mind. He doesn't win a ton of races, but he's in there day in and day out doing hard work for the team almost always.

PS: Cipo never got fined for white shoes, just non-official jerseys and skinsuits.
 

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I think that I'm opposite of what you're thinking. I seem to remember the gritty guys, the guys who got it done, and then kind of melted back into the scenary of things. I guess maybe because I come from working class roots? Don't know why. Maybe that and I don't care much about style on the bike. Ekimov comes to mind. He doesn't win a ton of races, but he's in there day in and day out doing hard work for the team almost always.

PS: Cipo never got fined for white shoes, just non-official jerseys and skinsuits.
Ekimov is both. Style & Results.
But don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the hard work brigade. Johan Van De Velde on the Gavia in 1988, in short sleeves in a blizzard!! Or Eros Poli over Ventoux in 94? Or Neil Stephens?

PPS Arroyo paved the way for Cipo, by wearing the shoes. White shorts then would have been too far!
 

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ultimobici said:
Ekimov is both. Style & Results.
But don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the hard work brigade. Johan Van De Velde on the Gavia in 1988, in short sleeves in a blizzard!! Or Eros Poli over Ventoux in 94? Or Neil Stephens?

PPS Arroyo paved the way for Cipo, by wearing the shoes. White shorts then would have been too far!
nobody had to pave the way for cipo....dude is far crazier than anyone has come close to being. nude pictures posing w/the bike, pink skinsuits....come on!!!
When we're talking about 'styling riders' in terms of how they ride, though, fast descenders are always among the coolest. You have to acknowledge being a scrapper as a style in its own though.
 

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My kudos go to an anonymous Euskaltel rider, who in a TdF a couple of years back when a peloton sprint became a mass crash, *bunnyhopped* over a rider who had crashed just in front of him. The most awesome thing to do at something like 60kph.
 

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on the bike and off

Basso seems pretty classy. snappy dresser and lovely wife and child. guy is understated considering he is Italian and the next Great Italian rider. so kudos.
 

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ultimobici said:
I was just leafing through a Graham Watson book and it got me wondering.

You have the heroes of the sport who win great races a plenty and everyone remembers. But what about those riders who don't necessarily win a lot, but have a sense of style that makes up for it.

The ones I remember for instance are Daniel Gisiger and Angel Arroyo.

Gisiger was the Malvor TT specialist who was always immaculately turned out in an all white Bottecchia, and Arroyo was picking up fines for white shoes way before Cipo.
The late Jose Maria Jimenez comes to mind. That guy had that souplesse sh!t down cold. Guy looked like a god on a good alpine climb.

Speaking of God, Indurain was pretty silky in the spin department.

From Tour history the Swiss rider Hugo Koblet (TdF winner '51 & '52) was supposedly style incarnate. He had movie star looks and a pedalling technique that appeared absolutely effortless. When he won a race his habit was to pull to the side, affect a cool pose leaning on his bike and run a comb through his hair while timing how long it took for his rivals to appear.
 

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Eki ain't stylish

How can you say Eki is stylish, he's a great cyclist but not a stylish one. Here's a recent photo of him.

I also think Vino is sorta stylish, on the bike anyway, he just has something about him that says he's cool and no one annoys him
 

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Fignon and Raul Alcala come to mind because of their pedaling action. They had the smoothest pedal stroke I've ever seen. Instantly made them stylish. Fignon doesn't get enough credit as one of the best riders of the 80s, but that's for another post.
 

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Bianchigirl said:
Fignon was super smooth - and Van Impe and Gaul made climbing an art
But Van Impe loses points for that perm he had! As does Vanderaerden.

But the smoothest pedaller I can recall was Roche, "Mr Glass Pedaller".
 
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