It’s awards season in the cycling industry, with Alberto Contador picking up the Velo d’Or trophy and various countries naming their ‘cyclist of the year’. Here are some of the recent winners, kicking off with Czech rider Zdenek Stybar.
Zdenek Stybar picked up the Czech cyclist of the year award on Thursday, and beat off some pretty stiff competition.
Stybar won several stages of the Eneco Tour, but then crashed out of the race as he sprinted for another win.
Gerrans became the first Australian to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April but a crash in the Tour de France dented his hopes of stage victories.
But he bounced back to win the GP Cycliste de Quebec and GP Cycliste de Montral races in Canada and then took silver at the World Championships.
Jean-Christophe Peraud picked up the Velo d'Or Francais at the same ceremony as Alberto Contador after his antics in the Tour de France, where he finished second.
Peraud won the Criterium International in the spring, finished third in the Tour of the Basque Country and fourth in Tirreno-Adriatico .
Tom Dumoulin’s stellar year was recognised by the Dutch judges, who were suitably impressed with his bronze medal at the World Championships Time Trial.
The Giant Shimano rider took the Dutch time trial jersey as well this season, securing wins against the clock in the Tour of Alberta, Eneco Tour and Criterium International.
Greg van Avermaet pipped Philippe Gilbert to the Belgian crystal bike award in what has been a relatively disappointing season for cycling in the country.
The BMC rider’s highlights were second-place finishes at the Tour of Flanders and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, as well as a win at GP de Wallonie.
Honorable Mention: Rui Costa
Rui Costa went one further than ‘cyclist of the year’ by being named Portugal’s sportsman of the year for the third straight year.
In a heartwarming shortlist, neither Cristiano Ronaldo, nor any other footballer made the 32-man list.
Cycling was the winner after all.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.