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Pro-cyclist tattoo tales, answers part 3 plus Pinot

July 10, 2012

Pro-cyclist tattoo tales part 1 and part 2 launched with ten professional cyclists and their tattoos.

Thibaut Pinot, FDJ BigMat (photo by Laurie Beylier, on Flickr)

It finishes here in part 3 together with the addition of one more cyclist, Thibaut Pinot who rides for FDJ BigMat. His tattoo is so perfectly written, so perfectly placed. Millions of viewers caught a glimpse of it when he raised his arms in victory while winning Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France in Porrentruy.

Etched on the back of his right upper arm, Pinot’s tattoo reads: “Sollo la vitoria e bella.”

“Only victory is beautiful.” Indeed, Pinot.

Ten tatto tales, ten answers

Whose tattoo do you like the best?

Tattoo 1, a heart, belongs to Elia Viviani on Liquigas-Cannondale. (photo by Mary Topping)

Elia Viviani (photo by Mary Topping)

Tattoo 1


Tattoo 2 appears on Ian Boswell’s hip; it’s a Scottish family crest. Boswell is on the development team Bontrager Livestrong. (photo by Mary Topping)

Tattoo 2


Tattoo 3 decorates the back of Matt Wilson, Orica-GreenEDGE. (photo by Mary Topping)

Tattoo 3


Mauro Santambrogio of BMC Racing Team is the owner of Tattoo 4. (crop of photo by Sean Weide)

Mauro Santambrogio (photo by Sean Weide)

Tattoo 4


Tattoo 5 graces the arm of Gregory Rast of RadioShack Nissan Trek. (crop of photo via RadioShack Nissan Trek)

Gregory Rast (photo via  RadioShack Nissan Trek)

Tattoo 5


Tattoo 6, a fire-breathing dragon on Sylvain Chavanel’s calf. Chavanel is on Omega Pharma–Quick-Step.

Tattoo 6


Tattoo 7 across Leigh Howard’s shoulders. Howard rides for Orica-GreenEDGE. (photo by Mary Topping)

Tattoo 7


Yes, tattoo 8 is Jakob Fuglsang’s of RadioShack Nissan Trek. In 2007 he won the U-23 mountain bike world championship.

Jakob Fuglsang

Tattoo 8


You already know Tattoo 9 as Peter Sagan’s guardian angel. (photo by Mary Topping)

Peter Sagan giving autograph after stage 2 of 2012 Amgen Tour of California

Tattoo 9


Adam Myerson’s arms carry Tattoo 10. (photo by Roxanne King)

Adam Myerson (photo by Roxanne King)

Tattoo 10

Myerson describes his tattoos a bit in this blog. An excerpt: “I have an arm full of dinosaur images because I grew up in love with dinosaurs like most little boys…”

[Many thanks to Laurie Beylier, Sean Weide, Team RadioShack Nissan Trek, and Roxanne King for their photos for this series.]

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