There have been thousands of professional riders over the years that have made their mark on the sport – but which one would you most like to be?
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers which rider they would most like to be like. A selection of answers are below, presented in association with Decathlon.
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Which rider would you most like to emulate, and why? Let us know in the comment section below
Lizzie Armitstead. She’s fierce, works hard, always thanks her teammates and competitors, very professional, amazing climber. Be more Lizzie.
Greg LeMond. American pioneer in a strange place. As an amateur, he wrote his career goals on a piece of paper and worked to achieve them all. He missed an Olympic medal due to political boycott. Embraced technology and used it to his advantage. One of the last in his generation to race clean.
To be realistic and because in my old, amateur way, I’m most like his style… Stevo Cummings. He sits at the back, then hits the throttle and boom! It’s all over… even if 40km out. Love the guy!
Sean Kelly. If there’s rain forecast anytime in the week ahead I will put off going cycling. Kelly’s motto was to go training in the rain then when you get home you decide if it was too bad to go training.
Jens Voigt, just to be able to suffer like him and put the hurt down on the other racers like he could…. oh, and to come up with mottos like ‘Shut up Legs’.
Geraint Thomas, as he has a wicked sense of humour, a heart of gold, is as determined as an ox, has won Olympic gold medals, and who everyone likes.
Peter Sagan. Style, swagger and power that comes in a package that no-one can predict and does wheelies over the line. He’s a cycling glitch in the matrix.
Bradley Wiggins. He’s the epitome of cool and he looks great in Rapha kit. I am not cool and I would not look good in Rapha.
Greg Van Avermaet. Simply because he is such a great all rounder. Brilliant on cobbles, in the sprints, on punchy climbs and he isn’t too bad in a time trial.
Alberto Contador for his attacking and stylish way of riding and for being able to ride uphill out of the saddle for 20 minutes.
Howard from ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’, as I have a similar physique.
Bradley Wiggins for his tattoos, Chris Froome for his lungs, Mark Cavendish for his eyelashes.
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It’s got to be Thor Hushovd, without question. An absolute legend, hardest rider ever and not built like a garden rake. Top man and the reason I used to love watching pro cycling.
If I emulated anyone it would have to be Eddy Merckx. Pretty obvious choice – just looking at his palmares explains why. I loved the way he was able to ride how he wanted to ride regardless of exterior pressures, even from his DS.
I wonder how many people have said Boris Johnson?