Pro cyclists have really come into their own on Instagram in recent years. The majority of the WorldTour riders have an account, with many lifting the lid on the life of a professional in the peloton.

Sure, there are the odd posts promoting showers and kitchen appliances (we’re looking at your Peter Sagan), but the majority use the platform to give fans and friends an insight into their daily grind - both on and off the bike.

We’ve scrolled through our feed and picked out 15 of the best pro cyclists you can follow on Instagram. There are definitely some familiar names in our list, but we have also thrown in a few curveballs who have surprised us with the quality of their posts and stories.

Michał Kwiatkowski

The Team Sky all rounder is an easy first choice for our list. He regularly posts updates from training and racing with some great insight into the lengths that pros go to for the win.

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The Polish national road champion also makes good use of Instagram's popular stories feature to give a more candid insight into his life off the bike. Keep an eye on his highlights to see some of his more epic training rides and the new Pinarellos gifted to him by Team Sky.

Alex Dowsett

The Essex-based time-trial specialist has become a regular on social media, and not just for that Alpecin advert.

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Dowsett posts daily blogs about his time on the bike - whether he’s breaking down the stage of a Grand Tour, or celebrating a successful time in his local 10 mile TT - and his honesty is a refreshing take on life in the pro peloton.

Never afraid to let fans in, he even uploads the occasional picture of him taming stray leg hairs, which he says is for “10% aerodynamics, 10% road rash cleanliness, 10% vanity, 70% because everyone else does it.”

Mark Cavendish

The Manx Missile’s feed is a little more, shall we say, groomed than others, but this only helps us get a peek into some of the more luxurious aspects of his life.

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Highlights include a sneak preview of his incredibly limited edition Nike cycling shoes, and his various Richard Mille watches that each cost in excess of £100,000.

Cavendish is also a family man and is seen enjoying quality time with his wife and kids as much as he is training and pushing himself to the limit - inspiration for all the would-be pros out there.

Chris Froome 

It would be hard to leave out Chris Froome from this list. The four-time Tour de France champion seems to have taken a small break from posting recently, but this is likely to be because of the birth of his daughter Katie.

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On his return, he will most probably be back to his normal content, which gives a different perspective to his sometimes withdrawn character.

Froome shares some of the best professional photography around, but isn't afraid to post the occasional self-deprecating snap too, including some of his worst crashes, punctures, and the ride in the buff.

Geraint Thomas

This year's Tour de France winner keeps his Instagram light considering the monumental effort he has put in over the 2018 season, but he makes it onto this list because of the quality of his stories.

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Recent uploads include a lot of post-Tour celebration, as well as videos from training rides and coffee stops with fellow Sky teammates. A running joke has been getting fans to guess whether he is posting a looping ‘Boomerang’ video or just repeating the same action… whatever helps the long training days go by.

Phil Gaimon

The former Cannondale pro cyclist has really come into his own on social media now his racing career is over.

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Gaimon has created a popular Youtube series titled “the worst retirement ever” where he targets some of the world’s most sought after Strava KOMS, and his Instagram account is equally stocked with epic cycling feats. He also rates some of the best cookies - his preferred cycling fuel - that his homeland has to offer.

Follow him if you want to see a serious but sensible approach to cycling. He's a fan of going fast and conquering climbs, but one that is also focused on the inclusive side of cycling.

Lance Armstrong

Hate him or mildly dislike him, one of the most famous ex-pros going has a good Instagram feed. The Texan manages to keep a healthy balance of cycling and personal content, while also finding time to fan the flames of his enemies. 

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His account is also full of bits from his podcast “The Move”, which looks at today’s pro cycling world from the perspective of Armstrong and a number of his friends and former teammates.

Posts appear to show that he's still enjoying various disciplines of cycling, and appears capable of racing triathlons, mountain bikes and his trusty road bike at the age of 46.

Peter Sagan

The pro peloton’s biggest personality certainly doesn’t disappoint his massive 1.2 million followers.

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This year's Tour de France has left his feed a sea of green, and is full with pictures of him donning the points jersey as he equalled Eric Zabel’s record.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is his collaborations with GoPro, which see him filming some of his most impressive stretching sessions we've ever seen.

Katarzyna "Kasia" Niewiadoma

If you don't already know Katarzyna Niewiadoma, then it’s time you did. As well as winning the 2016 Polish national championships in both road racing and time trialling, she's a key player in the Canyon-SRAM pro women’s team.

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Niewiadoma gives a great insight into the life of an athlete at the forefront of women’s cycling, and is as comfortable posting pictures of her leading out the peloton as she is posing with her boyfriend Taylor Phinney’s sister in a castle in France.

Ellen Noble

Ellen Noble is known for the hashtag #bunnyhopthepatriarchy, where she posts pictures and video of her bunny hopping prowess in ‘cross and MTB for the world to see.

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The Trek Factory Racing rider's stories feature a lot of love for animals and some inspirational videos from a number of sessions she runs where she trains women in ‘cross and off-road technique.

Noble’s bio reads: “Here's to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them” - a fitting tagline for a champion of women's ‘cross.

Chantal Blaak

Chantal Blaak’s accomplishments speak for themselves, with the Boels-Dolmans rider the reigning world and Dutch road champion.

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Blaak uses her feed as a platform for her own cycling and those of young women rising through the ranks in the Netherlands and around the world. She also uses her story to promote key women’s cycling events in her homeland.

Luke Rowe

The bio says it all with Luke Rowe: 'Cyclist Team Sky. Rock n roll baby !!!' Okay that’s probably layered with a bit of irony, but the Welshman is definitely one to follow on the ‘gram.

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Team Sky’s Tour de France road captain was in the news during the race after a bit of 'light-hearted' fun where he tore down an anti-Team Sky banner, and this cheeky side is reflected in his posts. Expect racing pictures, post-stage celebrations and the occasional picture of a sleeping team-mate or two.

Lachlan Morton

The Australian Team Dimension Data rider keeps his Instagram balanced with a lot of on- and off-bike posts.

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Morton stands out in this list because of his refreshing take on the life of a pro cyclist, and is firmly one who isn't obsessed with races and training.

He has arguably one of the most relatable pro Instagram feeds, and if it wasn't for the bio you probably wouldn't know he did it for a living.

Laurens ten Dam

Laurens ten Dam rides for Team Sunweb and is a big part of Tom Dumoulin's support crew. His mantra is “live slow, ride fast” and this is certainly reflected in his Instagram feed, where he is seen to enjoy as many barbecues as he does pro races.

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Ten Dam comes across as another relatable cyclist and family man, but one who is also capable of putting in great efforts in some of the world's biggest races.

He is also the editor of Dutch cycling news site Bicycling Netherlands, and the founder of his own coffee brand, making him a true renaissance man who deserves your follow.

Taylor Phinney

Phinney is one of EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale resident funny men. The American has recently been documenting his recovery from a nose and orbital fracture that he suffered during this year’s Tour de France, which he sustained after slipping off the handlebars and into a tree.

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Cannondale’s self-appointed ‘chief vibrations officer’ at the Tour, his job was to “keep the vibe up” during the race. This spilled over to his feed, where he’s even seen cracking a smile after the dreaded cobbled stage nine.

He’s is also one half of one of cycling’s biggest power couples - his girlfriend Katarzyna Niewiadoma also featuring on this list. Give them both a follow and keep up to speed with one of the fastest couples on the planet.