With just a handful of weeks left before 2015 is over, we thought we’d ask Cycling Weekly readers which rider they thought gave the most outstanding and memorable performance of the year.
Although many people voted for professional riders, there were other cyclists who were also worthy of your praise.
We ended up with a nicely varied selection of names, most of which (we’re looking at you, Marc Carter) are quite rightly mentioned here.
Do you think that there’s a glaring omission? Has the most outstanding ride of 2015 been missed out? Let us know in the comment section below this article.
Geraint Thomas – Tour de France. The man was absolutely outstanding in all respects. Not only a great team player, but showed amazing grit and determination and put in an immaculate personal performance.
After a heavy season of racing and finishing second so consistently it has to be Peter Sagan at the World Champs pulling it off on the biggest of stages. It felt like you were watching a race where finally it all clicked. I think every cycling fan is excited at the prospect of many more years of Sagan to come.
Tom Dumoulin in the Vuelta a España – epic ride and was only beaten by the strength of the other teams – not by an individual. What grand tour winners should be like… not robotic watt analysts.
Ruben Plaza who successfully broke away to win a stage of the Tour, the longest solo breakaway in a Grand Tour.
Alberto Contador’s ascent of the Mortirolo in the Giro d’Italia, no team mates left to help so he bridges the 50-second gap to Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa on his own, his climbing style out of the saddle just makes it look even better.
Lizzie Armitstead for her ride to win the British national road race title. She smashed the field and left them in her wake.
Esteban Chaves at the Vuelta – out of nowhere and with little mountain help.
Steve Cummings’s win in the Tour de France on Bastille Day. Mugging two French riders… BOOOOM
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Got to be Taylor Phinney winning the stage in the USA Pro Tour, first big win since coming back from a devastating crash.
Steve Abraham for me. The resilience and determination to succeed [in his annual mileage record attempt] were, and are, awe-inspiring. When he had his ankle broken he could easily have given up, but instead he was peddling one legged round the bowl in Milton Keynes to keep his fitness and miles up. He has ridden close to 200 miles every day this year on average.
Chris Froome at the Tour de France. Getting the job done with all the French wagging their finger at him.
Me. I am the stand out performer in my eyes.
Alejandro Valverde – superb consistency.
Wiggins – Hour Record – that is all.
Andre Greipel – Flanders. Unbelievable how he was churning it out for so long!