Disappointed by being left off the new Pro Tour Pinups Calendar, Katusha’s Daniel Moreno took the unusual step of posting his own pin-up shot.
“My body looks just as good as those other guys. I’m proud to show it off,” said Moreno. “Women tell me all the time how handsome I am. You want a photo of a sexy pro cyclist, that’s me.”
The likable Spaniard tweeted a photo of himself laying in bed, his chest half covered by a white sheet. “I mean seriously — look at Taylor Phinney with his silly pose. He’s on a little wooden step ladder with one hand plucking a tree leaf. I’m way hotter than that,” said Moreno.
The Pro Tour Pinups Calendars features riders Alex Dowsett (Sky), Alex Howes, Nathan Haas and Thomas Dekker (Garmin), Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge), Jens Voigt (Trek) and of course Taylor Phinney (BMC).
Moreno, who won this years’ La Flèche Wallonne and took third in Critérium du Dauphiné, was at a loss to explain why he wasn’t selected for the calendar. “I question how they made these choices — I mean, Jens Voigt? He’s 42 years old. I’mm 32 and with my Latin good looks, I should have been the July or August Pinup.”
Photographer Laura Fletcher shot the photos with a few trips to Girona, a day in Tuscany, a day in Monaco, Belgium, and even Essex. The geographical hop-scotching has Moreno wondering why a trip to Madrid was impossible. “I’m less than 700 kilometers from Girona,” said Moreno. “I had the bed ready and the white sheet and even some good lighting. It could have been so easy.”
Moreno also wondered about the creative direction of the Pinups Calendar. “What is Alex Dowsett doing sitting on the grass giving himself a spray-on tan? That doesn’t even make sense,” said Moreno. “I’m Spanish and I always have a terrific tan. So this pale guy makes it in and I don’t?”
While Moreno admitted that the Nathan Haas pool & champagne shot was “pretty hot,” the Spaniard remained baffled by being left off the Pinup roster. “Pro Cycling is a strange business and I guess so is the photography. I know that I am undeniably sexy so next year I expect to be in the calendar.”