The winner of the inaugural Women's WorldTour, Megan Guarnier, is number six in our countdown of the 100 Best Road Riders of 2016
6. Megan Guarnier
31, USA, Boels-Dolmans
2016 wins: 7
Consistency has been key to Guarnier winning the first ever Women’s WorldTour by some margin this year.
Her season was by no means a flash in the pan, the 31-year-old has been on a constant upward curve throughout her career, and signs of this year’s dominance were evident throughout 2015, which began with victory at Strade Bianche and culminated with a bronze medal at the world championships.
After losing the pink jersey on the Giro’s penultimate stage last year, the race was a major target for Guarnier and she duly delivered.
Despite failing to win a stage, she was by far and away the most consistent rider, finishing top ten in eight stages, and top 20 on the remaining sprint days.
Her rise to the top began much earlier in the year, however. Second place at the hilly Trofeo Binda, fourth in Flanders – both behind teammate Lizzie Deignan – and third at La Flèche Wallonne saw Guarnier finish the spring third in the WorldTour rankings.
Though raised in New York state, Guarnier now lives in California and it was at May’s Tour of California that she finally moved to the top of the WorldTour classification where she remained.
Her stage one victory set the tone for a general classification win she followed up with victory at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.
“If you have one win a season it’s usually a good season, and I’ve won a few,” she told Cycling Weekly before the final WorldTour race in Madrid.
“I continue to progress and that is all I’ve ever asked of myself, that I get better every year. It’s what hard work looks like, nothing ever happens overnight.”
Next year, Olympic champion and 2015 Giro winner Anna van der Breggen joins Boels-Dolmans and it will be interesting to see how their similar skill sets affect leadership duties.