Usually professional cyclists are tucked behind sunglasses and helmets, wearing matching lycra kits making it difficult to tell one from the other. But some of the world's fastest men on bicycles also happen to be incredibly good looking. Men that not only ride a bike fast, but to barrow a line from a Tour Guide I was following at the Palace in Madrid when describing the Prince of Spain, "he is easy to lay your eyes upon". And so I present my choice, as a fan, of the 15 best looking men in the pro peloton:
Is it any wonder I am a fan of this sport!
Kristof Vandewalle (Quick-Step) Belgian
Addy Engels (Quick-Step) Belgian
Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) Italian
Who knows what I will choose to highlight as a celebration of 50,000 views, or 100,000 views, but I can promise it probably won't be Jonathan Vaughter's best outfits but if it is, I apologize ahead of time (although I did learn about a Windsor Knot and a gusset because of him).
In the meantime I have greatly enjoyed watching the cold rainy weather and the hardy fans and riders return to the cobbles of the Semi-Classics in Belgium. Spring is my favorite time of year as a fan. So far the ban on race radios has proved interesting. This past weekend, a lead pack of 4 riders at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne were immediately disqualified for crossing a red railroad light, which left the rest of the peloton in the dark trying to figure out what was happening to result in a break of 5 riders, suddenly becoming one. Keep racing! That's what was happening. Old-fashioned bike racing.
Thank you so much for visiting PedalDancer.com over the past year. It has been quite a ride! ~Karen.
Update August 2011: I was going to revisit my list after the Tour de France this year, but why bother since Bicycling.com has done it for me at: 10 Hottest Men of the Tour de France. Although Peter Velits is a fine figure on a bike, and he didn't make any of our lists. I am going to spend a week at the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and revisit this topic. After all I do need to top my project during the 2011 Tour of California What Pedals do the Pros use. The topic of men is a lot more fun.