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Best male rider of the year

It’s hard to look past Peter Sa­gan for this. Sa­gan is used to at­ten­tion but wear­ing the rain­bow bands was al­ways go­ing to make him a tar­get in races. He’s dealt with the pres­sure beau­ti­fully, how­ever, and is rac­ing bet­ter than ever.

Best fe­male rider of the year

I’m torn be­tween Me­gan Guarnier and Anna Van Der Breggen but the lat­ter gets it. While Guarnier had a su­perb early sea­son, Van Der Breggen timed her form per­fectly. Not con­tent with win­ning gold in the Road Race at the Olympics, she took bronze in the Time Trial, too, and then added a Euro­pean ti­tle.

Who else im­pressed you?

In pre­vi­ous years, Greg Van

Aver­maet has been the butt of many brides­maid-re­lated jokes but last sea­son he be­gan turn­ing things around. In 2016, he took an­other step and aside from his ac­ci­dent at Flan­ders he hit al­most ev­ery note per­fectly.

Best one- day race of the year

The Tour of Flan­ders has al­ways taken up a big place in my heart and this year’s edi­tion was one of the best in re­cent years. Sa­gan’s at­tack and the spir­ited chase by the soon-to-be re­tired Fabian Can­cel­lara made for a dra­matic race in what was an ex­cel­lent cob­bled Clas­sics sea­son.

Best stage race of the year

For me, Tir­reno-Adri­atico was the most ex­cit­ing this year. Helped by the con­tentious can­cel­la­tion of the queen stage, the one-week race went down to the wire.

Team of the year

Boels-Dol­mans dom­i­nated the women’s cal­en­dar from start to in­ish, win­ning the irst ive rounds of the in­au­gu­ral Women’s WorldTour. Then they won their irst team time trial world ti­tle and Amalie Diderik­sen took the road race rain­bow jer­sey

Up- and- com­ing rider of the year

At just 19 years old, Adrien Costa is one of the USA’s ris­ing stars. This sea­son, he in­ished sec­ond to Lach­lan Mor­ton at the Tour of Utah, beat­ing the likes of An­drew Talan­sky to get there. He won the time trial at the Tour de l’Avenir and in­ished third over­all. He will re­main at Ax­eon Ha­gens Ber­man for 2017 but he will no doubt be snapped up soon.

Cock- up of the year

There have been many cack­handed mo­ments this sea­son but the de­ba­cle on Mont Ven­toux takes the bis­cuit. Poor fan con­trol and too many mo­tor­bikes re­sulted in the as­tound­ing sight of the yel­low jer­sey run­ning up the climb and one of the most chaotic stage in­ishes I’ve ever at­tended.

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