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Rider of the Year (Men/Road)

RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498
edited October 2018 in Pro race
The season is basically over so who is your Men's Rider of the Year. I think it's a hard choice this year.
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Rider of the Year 101 votes

Julien Alaphilppe
4% 5 votes
Tom Dumoulin
12% 13 votes
Chris Froome
20% 21 votes
Peter Sagan
1% 2 votes
Geraint Thomas
10% 11 votes
Alejandro Valverde
8% 9 votes
Elia Viviani
1% 2 votes
Simon Yates
33% 34 votes
Other
3% 4 votes
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  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,760
    RichN95 wrote:
    The season is basically over so who is your Men's Rider of the Year. I think it's a hard choice this year.
    Surely Simon Yates.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,729
    Where's the best female rider of the year award.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055
    oxoman wrote:
    Where's the best female rider of the year award.

    Its been delayed while Rich decides if he's going to include trans women.

    We should also have a vote on the best looking female rider. That's the only reason any of us take any notice of women's sport anyway :wink:
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,729
    Don't forget the best looking BUTT award
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    Dr Rachel Mckinnon

    *whoops. sort of not a man, not road.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498
    oxoman wrote:
    Where's the best female rider of the year award.

    Start one if you like
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  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,843
    Roglic for me.

    Has made the step up this year.
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  • Second in the Giro, second in the Tour, second in the worlds TT, fourth in the worlds road race. I think I put that just over a Vuelta. It's really close between a few of them - Viviani has 7 GT stage wins in the year.
  • Bo DukeBo Duke Posts: 1,058
    Froome for the way he won the Giro.
    'Performance analysis and Froome not being clean was a media driven story. I haven’t heard one guy in the peloton say a negative thing about Froome, and I haven’t heard a single person in the peloton suggest Froome isn’t clean.' TSP
  • norvernrobnorvernrob Posts: 1,431
    Simon Yates for the fantastically entertaining way he rode the Giro (he had to), taking a heartbreaking loss then coming back and winning the Vuelta.

    Individual performance of the year would be Froome to win the Giro, that was one for the ages.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,215
    Not sure I can point out a particular superstar this year.

    Yates and Alaphillipe both had good seasons but could have easily been "great" seasons. Likewise Tommy and Froome.

    Viviani & Thomas are the only ones on Rich's list that I would say have exceeded expectations, but they are perhaps personal bests rather than historical stand-out performances
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  • TashmanTashman Posts: 2,830
    Viviani for me picking up multiple stage wins
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,563
    Tom D would be a 'riders' rider of the year' type choice - great all year, but not 1 performance that really made you go 'wow'.
    On which basis it would have to be Froome - Giro win, backed up with Tour podium, the most memorable solo attack in a GT from a GC guy for years, 3rd GT win in a row.
    Personal favorite winner was Yates, just because he's a northern lad and he took his knock and came back fighting.
    Thomas' TDF win all looks so obvious in hindsight, but his performance was outstanding. Never once looked in trouble.

    So as said above, tough choice....

    Not enough Classics options for my liking tho - Terpstra? (I know he's not exactly popular)
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498

    Not enough Classics options for my liking tho - Terpstra? (I know he's not exactly popular)
    Fair point on Terpstra. There was more to his spring than just RVV which I forgot.
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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,471
    A lot of riders had very good years, but when we look back in 20 years time, the fact that Froome held all three GTs at once, and the manner of his win will be something that's remembered in a way that the others achievements probably won't be.
  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    Yeah. I don't think it was a surprise to anyone when froome finally bagged the Vuelta, but the way he took the Giro was quite something.

    Tom Dumoulin definitely deserves respect for making everyone else work for it - from the Giro to chasing on at the world's, a real never say die attitude, even if he wasn't quite able to get the results.

    Huge step up from Simon Yates too. Respect for Valverde finally bagging the world's. Good season!
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498
    Who would have thought a decade ago that the winner of the Tour de France would be seen as the third best British rider of the year?
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  • rozzer32rozzer32 Posts: 3,561
    Can I go a bit off piste and vote for Mathieu Van Der Poel. I know he’s not full time road but he’s been killing it.

    Second at the European champs, Dutch national champion, multiple stage wins at some week long stage races. Pretty good for a part time roadie.

    Plus his other time riding cross/mtb he’s won world cups, multiple races, European champion, third at mtb worlds.

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.
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  • indypindyp Posts: 735
    TD for me. on the podium in two GT's and Worlds TT, and close in the RR. He's had a very good year even without a win.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,215
    rozzer32 wrote:

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.

    Why does it always have to be road..?
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055
    ddraver wrote:
    rozzer32 wrote:

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.

    Why does it always have to be road..?

    Cos cross is for children.
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  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,367
    Simon Yates

    Brilliantly entertaining at the Giro, then adapted perfectly for the Vuelta.
  • rozzer32rozzer32 Posts: 3,561
    ddraver wrote:
    rozzer32 wrote:

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.

    Why does it always have to be road..?

    Fair point, I do enjoy watching their battles in CX.

    However I think it would be pretty exciting to watch them going head to head over the carrefour or up the paterberg.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498
    gsk82 wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    rozzer32 wrote:

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.

    Why does it always have to be road..?

    Cos cross is for children.
    I agree. It's the cycling equivalent of Jeux Sans Frontieres/It's A Knockout, with the iconic commentary "And here come the Belgians'" still relevant. It's just a shame Stuart Hall turned out to be perv.
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 628
    rozzer32 wrote:
    Can I go a bit off piste and vote for Mathieu Van Der Poel. I know he’s not full time road but he’s been killing it.

    Second at the European champs, Dutch national champion, multiple stage wins at some week long stage races. Pretty good for a part time roadie.

    Plus his other time riding cross/mtb he’s won world cups, multiple races, European champion, third at mtb worlds.

    I really do hope in the future we get to see MvdP and WvA going head to head on the road in the classics.

    In the era of specialisation - somebody hasn't told him....
    Switching disciplines is one thing - doing it throughout the year is something else; and getting results is almost unreal. A shame others can't/ won't do similar - but understandable, I suppose.

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  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,578
    Thibaut Pinot, the guy gets knocked down but gets up again to storm the end of season. He's put pride back into French cycling and has seemingly buried his demons.

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  • This has been a Vintage Year.
    A lot of you 'young un's' will be saying "This is rubbish! I can remember 18". Happily I will not be around to read it.
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  • timoid.timoid. Posts: 3,133
    Tom D for me. 2nd step of Tour and Giro plus WC efforts. Outstanding.

    If he had the support that Froome/Thomas have and the coaches he'd have been on the top step of both.
    It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,498
    For what it's worth Valverde won the Velo d'Or
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  • That's like when Ryan Giggs won SPOTY/PFAPOTY though. More for the entire body of work than for the single season
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