A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 80
1993 One of the Tour’s most recognisable faces in recent times is the infamous Red Devil, also known as Didi Senff and complete with trident.
He was inspired into costume by the German cycling announcer Herbert Watterot, who called the last lap of local criterium races The Red Devil’s Lap.
The peleton either love or loathe him and he uses his pitchfork to defend himself against water bottles thrown at him during the race.
He is also an acclaimed bicycle inventor and in the Guinness Book of Records for building ‘the world’s largest bicycle in the shape of a guitar’.
Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins. You can see the full set of stories, and purchase postcards and prints, at www.thehandmadecyclist.com
I loathe the guy but I would much rather have all the Borat swimsuit dudes eliminated from the TdF spectator areas than the Red Devil.