Peter Sagan handed prestigious Vélo d'Or award

World champion Peter Sagan is awarded for the best cycling performance of the year, with Romain Bardet voted top French rider

Peter Sagan takes the yellow jersey after winning Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Peter Sagan has been given the coveted Vélo d'Or award for 2016, after an outstanding season in the rainbow jersey of road race World Champion.

The 26-year-old Slovak enjoyed one of his most successful seasons riding for Tinkoff, with victories in the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, a fifth consecutive Tour de France green jersey and three stage victories, and a successful defence of his world title – among others.

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