Our writers predict the winners of the big races in 2017

At the start of the year, some Cycling Weekly‘s greatest analytical minds used their expert knowledge to predict the winners of some of the biggest races of the 2017 season.

Now, with five of the nine races out of the way, we’re going to take a look at how well (not very) they’ve been getting on so far.

Starting at the bottom, it’s Fs all round for freelance writer Gregor Brown, who has paid the price for being the only person not to pick Chris Froome to win the Tour de France meaning that he is the only entrant to have failed to pick any winners so far this year.

The rest of the field are saved by Froome’s victory, with top-of-the-class Sophie Hurcom also managing to predict Alejandro Valverde’s win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Greg Van Avermaet’s victory in Paris-Roubaix.

However there were no successful predictions of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win, or the scintillating solo performance of Philippe Gilbert at the Tour of Flanders.

Looking ahead to the Vuelta a España, most of our “experts” have picked Chris Froome for victory, although associate digital editor Nigel Wynn is predicting Alberto Contador will go out on a high.

Things could also be shaken up with the always unpredictable Tour of Britain, and with both the men’s and women’s road races at the World Championships to look forward to, all is still to play for.

We’ll return in October to analyse the results, with Christmas bonuses being distributed accordingly.

Results so far. Correct predictions in bold.

Gregor Brown – Freelance Writer

Tour of Flanders: Luke Rowe
Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Adam Yates
Giro d’Italia: Esteban Chaves
Tour de France: Nairo Quintana
Tour of Britain: Rohan Dennis
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road race (men): Simon Yates
World Championships road race (women): Lizzie Deignan

Simon Collis – Content Director

Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan
Paris-Roubaix: John Degenkolb
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Wout Poels
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Steve Cummings
Vuelta a España: Fabio Aru
World Championships road race (men): Peter Sagan
World Championships road race (women): Megan Guarnier

Sophie Hurcom – News Writer

Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan
Paris-Roubaix: Greg Van Avermaet
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Alejandro Valverde
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Sep Vanmarcke
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road race (men): Alexander Kristoff
World Championships road race (women): Lizzie Deignan

Hugh Gladstone – Deputy Editor

Tour of Flanders: Greg Van Avermaet
Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Dan Martin
Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Tom Van Asbroeck
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road race (men): Edvald Boasson Hagen
World Championships road race (women): Anna van der Breggen

Vern Pitt – News Editor

Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan
Paris-Roubaix: John Degenkolb
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Julian Alaphilippe
Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain:  Edvald Boasson Hagen
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road races (men): Alexander Kristoff
World Championships road race (women): Lizzie Deignan

Henry Robertshaw – News Writer

Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan
Paris-Roubaix: Peter Sagan
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Romain Bardet
Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Geraint Thomas
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road race (men): Julian Alaphilippe
World Championships road race (women): Lizzie Deignan

Richard Windsor – Digital Editor

Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan
Paris-Roubaix: Ian Stannard
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Julian Alaphilippe
Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Steve Cummings
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome
World Championships road races (men): Peter Sagan
World Championships road race (women): Anna van der Breggen

Nigel Wynn – Associate Digital Editor

Tour of Flanders: Sep Vanmarcke
Paris-Roubaix: Peter Sagan
Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Adam Yates
Giro d’Italia: Mikel Landa
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Tour of Britain: Rohan Dennis
Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador
World Championships road race (men): Greg Van Avermaet
World Championships road race (women): Anna van der Breggen