We asked Cycling Weekly readers to name the rider who has impressed them most so far in 2017, in association with B'Twin
As we head to the half-way point in the 2017 pro racing season, we thought it would be good to gauge who fans think have produced a stand-out performance so far.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to tell us which pro rider has out-performed their rivals this season. Here are a selection of the answers, presented in association with B’Twin.
Which pro rider do you think has turned in the best performance of the season so far? Let us know in the comments section below.
The way Tom Dumoulin rode solo back towards the lead group after his comfort break. Showed massive character and how far he has come since missing out in the Vuelta in 2015.
Philippe Gilbert. Just smashing the field in the Tour of Flanders.
Katarzyna Niewiadoma’s performance in the first stage of the Women’s Tour was quite exceptional. Overall, it definitely has to be [Mathieu] Van der Poel. He has done exceptionally well this season on both the road, CX and mountain bike. Took stage two of Tour of Belgium, second in Albstadt, won the 2017 Hansgrohe Superprestige Hoogstraten, and the Boucles de la Mayenne.
Jakob Fuglsang owning the last stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Everyone was watching Chris Froome. Jakob just took it by the scruff of its neck. Chapeau!
Ben Swift, no question. It’s only June, but it’s already safe to say stage seven of the Dauphiné was performance of the year.
Gilbert’s long-ranger at the Tour of Flanders was amazing and I loved the Lukas Pöstlberger unexpected win on stage one of Giro. But favourite is the British one-two on Alp d’Huez at the Dauphiné. Fantastic experience to be there live.
There have been many top displays from a lot of riders already in the first half of the season. However, the way Alejandro Valverde has performed up to now is outstanding. He’s approaching 40 and having the season of his life.
Dave W Pittman
Michal Kwiatkowski winning Milan-San Remo by less than half a wheel length. Edge of the seat stuff in the finale.
1. Philippe Gilbert’s 60km solo breakaway to win De Ronde.
2. Greg Van Avermaet bridging to the breakaway, and then going away in a smaller breakaway to win Roubaix.
3. Tom Pidcock’s Tour Series round win complete with CX-style bike change
I would love to say the whole of the Bike Channel-Canyon team. They are not only a new team but have stuck right in and worked hard together.
Not the most impressive but certainly the most enjoyable so far was Pierre Rolland’s stage win at the Giro. That really meant so much to him.
George Bennett winning the overall at the Tour of California, Peter Sagan’s attack up the Poggio in Milan-San Remo, Tom Dumoulin’s defence and attacks in the mountain stages of the Giro, and Dan Martin making the Dauphiné podium.
I would say Tom Dumoulin. What a Giro. Dude just kept fighting.
Has to be Dumoulin winning the Giro with guts, glory and grace. Seems a lovely bloke which is refreshing too.
+1 for Tom Dumoulin winning the Giro d’Italia. Absolute legend!
Phil Gil’s solo 50k attack, but can’t remember which race it was!
Pirazzi & Ruffoni. Both of them have put in exceptionally enhanced performances this season!
Van Avermaet, from Rio to Flanders to Roubaix. Hope he has a great July!
Richie Porte and his unbelievable comeback in the Critérium du Dauphiné with no help from anybody.
Lukas Postlberger for his amazing stage one Giro win in his first ever Grand Tour, his first ever Maglia Rosa and the first Grand Tour leader’s jersey for Bora-Hansgrohe
Merhawi Kudus – he did well
Sagan. Because, Sagan
Mathieu van der Poel. He seems to be from another planet
Camiel van den Hout