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Team and rider of the year

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edited October 2014 in Pro race
Nothing too scientific - i.e. not UCI /PCI points - just who impressed you with their riding - maybe due to age - determination - consistency etc


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Fabio Aru
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    Movistar and Simon Gerrans
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  • chrisdaychrisday Posts: 300
    OPQS and John Degenkolb.
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  • Tinkoff-Saxo and Ryder Hesjedal
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,262
    OPQS and (hate to say it) Valverde, simply for being where it mattered most often.
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  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,369
    Four posts and the two biggest wheelsuckers in the peleton are already nominated :)
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,515 Lives Here
    CQ puts OPQS and Valverde as #1.
  • ai_1ai_1 Posts: 3,060
    Dan Martin.......if he'd been able to avoid some crashes!
  • Four posts and the two biggest wheelsuckers in the peloton are already nominated :)

    Six posts in and we've already got someone moaning.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Team is definitely OPQS, I can't remember how many victories I said they'd had in the other thread but it was about 60. A deserving world champion and 3? former multiple WC's? Binche-Chimay-Binche was a great end to the season, a tactical masterclass.

    For the best rider I would have to go with Valverde unfortunately, definitely the best on paper just not a pretty way to win, you can't ignore his tactical nounce though.

    I suppose the other question is who was the rider who showed the most panache?
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    edited October 2014
    Fabio Aru
    Future grand tour winner? Certainly seems to be able to mix it with the big boys. I've enjoyed his riding this season.

    Him and Nibs need to get out of that ropey team though and go to one with a better reputation, I think that team will implode pretty soon.
  • shazzzshazzz Posts: 1,068
    Tom Dumoulin has consistently impressed me this year, esp at the Eneco tour.
    OPQS for the team prize.
  • josamejosame Posts: 1,001
    Team Contador

    Contador

    I thank you
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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    OPQS.

    Hm, it's a difficult one between the two..
    I'm going for Bak.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    OGE & Pinot.
  • OPQS for getting the numbers in the right moves so often in the classics season.

    Rider Tony Martin, for some legendary stage wins, when he gets off the bus in a skin suit you know its game time.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    OPQS, who are my favourite team anyway.

    Rider of the year is more difficult. Big Tone despite losing the WC, Valverde, Mick Rogers for three massive GT stage wins.
  • SCR PedroSCR Pedro Posts: 912
    First choice is OPQS and Contador, but I like to be different, so will go for Saunier Duval and Oscar Freire
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,128
    OPQS for me, I think 18 of their riders have won races this year, which is a phenomenal amount.

    I'm going for someone different for rider of the year, Alexander Kristoff. His Milan-San Remo win was a bit of a surprise, but he's backed that up since with some excellent wins at the highest level.
  • Valverde head and shoulders above everybody else, I'm afraid.
    Best set of classics results.
    Best overall result in the GTs.
    Not forgetting how good he was on the dirt and cobbles in March.

    Best team OPQS.
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  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,216
    Opqs For team.
    Valverde for being Mr consistent
    Nibali for achieving his target with the most flair
    Kristoff for his multitude of wins and for not just being a sprinter.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    Right. I'm confused. Why all the love for OPQS? The only World Tour event they won was Paris-Roubaix, which isn't a lot for one of the big spenders.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    Paul 8v wrote:
    Lots of censored small wins as one of their riders might say.
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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    RichN95 wrote:
    Paul 8v wrote:
    Lots of censored small wins as one of their riders might say.

    And your choice, Movistar, is one long list of prominent victories?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    ThomThom wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    Paul 8v wrote:
    Lots of censored small wins as one of their riders might say.

    And your choice, Movistar, is one long list of prominent victories?
    They were one position off being the first team to be on the podium of all three GTs since their ancestors Banesto. Three WT wins, number one team on WT rankings, number one rider on WT rankings. And they're only a mid budget team.

    There are right or wrong choices of course, but I was puzzled why OPQS seemed to be a near universal choice.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,515 Lives Here
    Curious to see what ranking people put nibs.

    Does Froome and Contador not finishing the take the shine off what was a pretty dominant Tour win?
  • RichN95 wrote:
    There are right or wrong choices of course

    Really? Is this not a topic asking for personal choices? If it's a quiz I'll retract my answers.
  • RichN95 wrote:
    ThomThom wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    Paul 8v wrote:
    Lots of censored small wins as one of their riders might say.

    And your choice, Movistar, is one long list of prominent victories?
    They were one position off being the first team to be on the podium of all three GTs since their ancestors Banesto. Three WT wins, number one team on WT rankings, number one rider on WT rankings. And they're only a mid budget team.

    There are right or wrong choices of course, but I was puzzled why OPQS seemed to be a near universal choice.


    For me, it was the word "team".
    This:
    http://www.procyclingstats.com/team/Ome ... Quick_step

    As opposed to this:
    http://www.procyclingstats.com/team/Movistar_Team


    Someone's worked out the old World Cup rankings for 2014

    http://www.velochrono.fr/actu/2014/coup ... -valverde/
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    RichN95 wrote:
    There are right or wrong choices of course

    Really? Is this not a topic asking for personal choices? If it's a quiz I'll retract my answers.
    Ha! Typo. I missed the word 'no'
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