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BEST MALE RIDER OF THE YEAR

Sa­gan, ob­vi­ously. Win­ning Flan­ders in the rain­bow jer­sey, tak­ing the Worlds again, plus tight­en­ing his death-grip on the Tour’s green jer­sey, made him the racer of the year. Bit wor­ry­ing that he’s only 26 and al­ready pro­ject­ing world­weary en­nui in his in­ter­views, but he makes up for it with his weird Youtube movie re-en­act­ments. BEST FE­MALE RIDER OF THE YEAR Me­gan Guarnier. Shame that her Giro win was more or less in­vis­i­ble but the dis­tance by which she won the in­au­gu­ral Women’s WorldTour sug­gested that in the big races she was con­sis­tently the best. WHO ELSE IM­PRESSED YOU? Froome put him­self among the greats by win­ning a third Tour; Van Aver­maet rode a su­perb race to win the Olympics, to add to his Tour stage win and yel­low jer­sey; Bardet is on an up­ward tra­jec­tory and shows no sign of the im­mense pres­sure get­ting to him at the Tour.

Cavendish had been more or less writ­ten o f, but his four stage wins, and Olympic and Worlds sil­vers meant he was a hair’s breadth away from be­ing the rider of the year. BEST ONE DAY RACE OF THE YEAR Paris-Roubaix. Watch­ing EtixxQuick Step slowly put Can­cel­lara and Sa­gan out of the race from so early on kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought Boo­nen was go­ing to take his ifth Roubaix win but an even big­ger and more com­pelling story emerged when Hay­man won, af­ter get­ting in the irst break. BEST STAGE RACE OF THE YEAR I’m sur­pris­ing my­self by say­ing the Giro, nar­rowly ahead of the Vuelta and Paris-Nice. I did en­joy the am­bush of Sky at the Vuelta, but the Giro came to the boil slowly and the drama of the inal week­end clinched it for me. I’m not sure Nibali will win an­other Grand Tour, but what a way to win his fourth. TEAM OF THE YEAR When the teams have a disco, the party doesn’t get started un­til Orica ar­rive. They’ve been on ire all year, with two Mon­u­ments and two GT podi­ums, plus fourth at the Tour, and Chaves was so close to win­ning the Giro. They have been win­ning with bold tac­tics, en­ter­tain­ing panache, and the best re­cruit­ment pol­icy in cy­cling, bar none. UP AND COM­ING RIDER OF THE YEAR I think Fer­nando Gaviria will start win­ning big races next year – ei­ther a Clas­sic, or GT stages, or both. He’s still only 22. Miguel Án­gel López is the same age, and has al­ready won the Tour de Suisse. I ex­pect he’ll ride his irst Grand Tour next year, and I hope he doesn’t get used up work­ing for Fabio Aru. COCK UP OF THE YEAR Sky, Wig­gins, Lizzie Deignan, ji fy bags, TUEs, where­abouts... Bad things hap­pened, and their PR made it worse.

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