Haircuts of the peloton

Friday, 4 March 2011

Vladi Karpets might have lost his mullet but there are others in the bunch who let their hair down after a race. Here’s a quick look…

Daniel Oss
Daniel Oss has a lot more But, Samson-like, his hair has grown alongside his reputation. It was tidy as a neo-pro, now it’s alive. A rider for the classics, Oss has massive power at his command and landed his first win in the Giro del Veneto and I suspect he’ll deliver more this year. A big rider at 1.90m, he’s already valuable team mate able to shepherd the likes of Sagan and Nibali during a race.

Swarthy, no? Perget is a French pirate, who likes nothing better than what the French call un raid, a long breakaway. He won the Tour du Limousin in 2009 and now with Ag2r, expect to see those locks flowing when the sun begins to shine.

A fast-finisher, Endura Racing’s Alexandre Blain needs a hairband to keep his locks in check. The Frenchman used to ride for Cofidis and images from this time make you wonder how managed to get a helmet to fit.

Denfil (R)
If Leopard-Trek’s Stefan Denifl is slow packing his bags in the hotel or late to emerge from the team bus then perhaps the mirror is to blame. Popular with many of the ladies, the Austrian climber must dread putting a helmet on each day. He’s come close to a result before and could well take his chance in a hilly stage race and he’ll be useful help in the mountains for the Schleck brothers.

Yannick Eijessen
He might look like an extra from the 1987 film Wall Street but Belgian climber Yannick Eijessen is one to watch. A clever pick by BMC Racing, he won the Ronde de l’Isard stage race, a Pyrenean test for U-23 riders that’s a good gauge of future talent.

Matt March 4, 2011 at 9:14 am

Endura Racing seem to have a big hair club, it’s not just Blain, Dave Clarke is giving him a real run for his money.

Broerie March 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

Remember Michael Matthews at the Rabo team presentation?

Gandalf March 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

This should be a series of posts with former greats, like Vaughters..

Lee March 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

Yeah I was gonna say what about Dave Clarke, but someone got there already. Amazing Afro hair I am well jealous of

The Inner Ring March 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

Matt & Lee: I’ll look out for that. As Gandalf says, this could become a series. Vaughters in his “Santa Clara” days was pretty good…

Broerie: bling and the hair too? Definitely styled but you don’t recognise him because of the hair style.

Henry March 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

I think if you’re going to write an article celebrating spectacular cycling hair we should also take a moment to mourn the loss of Jose Serpa’s moustache. It will be greatly missed in the peloton. RIP

TdF Lanterne Rouge March 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

I call highlighting and spray tan on Denifl too.

Eddi March 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Wait, wait, wait! All this talk about haircuts, vanity and so on and no metion of Cipollini?

Al March 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It’s still hard to match the 80s though; mullets reigned supreme! Miller, early cipo, quite a few Russians, the climber I just can’t recall now rode for tvm and was caught doping, and many more! Efficiency puts paid to far too many whims sadly, and sponsor marketing requirements re appearances.

Al March 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Ah, I just remembered: Gert Jan Theunisse

pirate maboule March 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I think another pressing issue of the pro cycling world that needs to be adressed urgently is the alarmingly vast amount of pros that sports earings… The ratio is quite high. Why??? Why??? I am puzzled…
Such fashion faux pas…

The Inner Ring March 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

The past was different. If you want a retro on hairstyles, take a peek at

ColoradoGoat March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Love the Wall Street reference.

hamncheeze March 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

With Denifl and Gerdemann on Leopard, plus the Schleck bros, they certainly have the pretty boy market cornered. They all look good in a scarf, as witnessed at the team presentation. Good thing they have Fabs, Jens and Stuey to put some beans beneath the frank.

Mike March 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Clarkey’s hair is wild, the only photo I could find without a helmet was at the Endura launch.

Back row 3rd from left

owenp March 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Photographer joolze dymond has added more Endura launch photos to her flickr- you can see Dave Clarke’s hair in all its glory here:

This clearly trumps Blain’s Barnet for me. The team are obviously having fun with it too- witness the juxtaposition with the thinning veteran Ian Wilkinson:

Anthony April 29, 2011 at 5:56 am

Fortunately Mitch Docker’s recent efforts at the Spring Classics may have redeemed his reputation after this photo leaked!

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