Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a competitive bicycle-racing team whose role is to assist the team leader, as by setting the pace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rider on a cycle racing team whose role is to assist the team's designated leaders even if at the expense of his/her own individual performance.

Etymologies

French, servant, from Old French; see domestic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French domestiqueĀ ("domestic servant, maid"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Abbott refers to Sampson as his "domestique" - a French term (it means, literally, servant) referring to a road cycle racer who works for the benefit of his leader.

    The Age News Headlines

  • Now, he sees his job as serving as a "domestique" - or support rider - for Contador, putting an end to speculation about whether he or the Spaniard deserved the role of Astana team leader.

    TimesArgus.com: Barre/Montpelier Region

  • Could Lance Armstrong actually be a support rider, that self-sacrificing team player the Franco-centric cycling world calls a domestique?

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  • It was really an added pang to go, on their account, but the carriage was waiting at the door; the 'domestique' had already carried our baggage to the steam-tram station; the kindly menial train formed around us for an ultimate

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  • I am a "domestique," which essentially means a worker.

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  • Whitfield, who taped 'Sing Like Kreek' to his bike handlebars after watching men's eight rower Adam Kreek bellow out the national anthem during his gold medal ceremony, had run a strategically brilliant race, helped significantly in the bike leg by "domestique" Colin Jenkins, who had been controversially named to the team at the urging of Whitfield and his coach Joel Filliol.

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  • PASADENA, California (AP) Levi Leipheimer is usually cast in the role of domestique, sacrificing his individual performance to help a teammate.

    Nocentini lunges for Stage 7 win; Leipheimer retains lead

  • VERBIER, Switzerland (AP) Lance Armstrong all but conceded the Tour de France on Sunday to his teammate and rival Alberto Contador after the Spaniard blew away the pack and seized the yellow jersey as the race entered the Alps. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm happy to be a domestique," Armstrong said, using French cycling jargon for a backup rider.

    Contador climbs to lead of Tour de France with Stage 15 win

  • But by then Hamilton was disgraced, busted for doping at the height of his European career, and watching him hammer flat blocks around a city park as a sidekick "domestique" was a little depressing.

    Cycling's Past Isn't Going to Retreat

  • Cheula, 31, will bring his experience to the team after 10 years into top teams, such as Mapei, Vini Caldirola and Barloworld, where he consolidated as a top-class domestique.

    Geox signs De la Fuente, Cheula

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