Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

Джамолидин Абдужапаров – The 9 (or is it 10?) most terrifying syllables in cycling

But first some background. There is a cycling hardman here in Brisbane who is known in the forums simply as “The Russian”. He has a blog at his coaching site (Top Dog Cycling) were he occasionally posts stories of what it was like “back in the day” when he was in the Soviet Olympic Cycling program in the ’80s.
In one post (here ) he relates a story about Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, a team-mate who uniquely went on to both succeed in the West and to have a Rock Band named after him.

Back in the USSSSR: aviator goggles & a colnago.

“Abdullah” (just don’t say it to his face) was a sprinter who won the green jersey 3 times in the Tour de France (1991, 93, 94). He is one of only 4 riders that have won the sprinter’s jersey in all three grand tours. And he also looks a bit like the Bond villain “Jaws”:

But he was most famous for his fearless kamikaze style. And a cataclysmic crash on the Champs Élysées in the last stage of the 1991 Tour. He still had enough points to keep the green jersey, but had to finish the race. It took another 15 minutes before he drag himself the last 50 metres over the line and into the waiting ambulance.

This one wasn’t his fault, somebody had move the crash barrier out:

Not what you want to see in front of you at 70 km/h...


But you know you have a reputation when you make the cover of Bob Roll’s DVD: “Road Cyclings Greatest Crashes”.

Born in Tashkent, Ubekistan, he was known as “The Tashkent Terror” in the media; or “Abdullah” in the peloton according to “The Russian”. He inevitably tested positive (Clenbuterol) in the 1997 TdF and faded away.
Here he is protesting his innocence.

"Guyz, Is just a bit of clen."

But Djamolidine Abdoujaparov’s legacy lives on through a most unlikely source. An “…indie revival punk band formed in 1998. Shot back to the hedonistic ’70s New York school of thought where passion superseded proficiency…”
Here is the cover of their first LP:

I download some of their Ouvere but disappointingly the WordPress fascists do not allow audio to be posted. You can download such gems as “Hit her with a pig” here. But I must put up the classic Abdoujaparov Theme. Cunningly, I have inserted it into a video (that you may recognise), converting it into a trusted source and made available for your perusal below.


The lyrics have the classic lines that one would associate with a fine steel road bike. “We carry his name like a 531 frame”

The Abdoujaparov Theme

D D DDD
D E C G
He's a dangerous man from Uzbekistan

D D D D D D D D D D
D E C G
He is the Tashkent Terror and I can't say fairer

D D D D D D D D D D
D E C G
And he don't give a fuck coz he took too many drugs (allegedly)

D D D D D D D D D D
D E C G
And I love him very much, we try to keep in touch

D D D D D D D D D D
D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D E C G
So here's my new band with a great new sound

D D D D D D D D D D
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D E C G
And we carry his name like a 531 frame

D D D D D D D D D D
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D E C G
We sing it from our knees and we sing it from the trees

D D D D D D D D D D
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D E C G
And you know you can't announce it , you probably can't pronounce it

D D D D D D D D D D
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov, Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A D C# B A
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov, Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D
Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov, Abdoujaparov Abdoujaparov

They have toured Australia once a year (Usually under the shortened name “Abdou”) until a couple of years ago. The band is a bit unstable in that their website lists 53 different line-ups. Other members also play in bands such as: “Helmholtz Resonators” and “Subliminal Girls”.
If they fall below 3 members, they include an iPod on stage, and redub the band “iDou”. The conserved member appears to be Les Carter of USM (Unstoppable Sex Machine) fame.

I’m thinking of “Abdoujaparov” on this years t-shirt. We carry your name.

more: here, here and here.

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One Response to Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

  1. 888riley says:

    Unbelievable crash

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