13 of the strangest nicknames in cycling

Dr Teeth, The Squirrel of the Canals and The Butterfly of Maastricht are just three of the odd nicknames on the list, find out what the others are here

Heinrich Haussler (Sunada) and Barbie (Freddycat/CC)

Heinrich Haussler (Sunada) and Barbie (Freddycat/CC)

Modern day sportsmen have pretty rubbish nicknames, especially British ones. The formula seems to be to simply add the letter Y to the end of someone's name and be done with it: Froomey, Swifty, Kennaugh-y, just to name a few.

Non-British riders throughout history, though, have been handed some slightly more adventurous names, many of which sound beautiful in their native tongues, but slightly ridiculous when translated into English.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.