Geraint Thomas, Thomas Voeckler, Laura Trott, Marianne Vos, Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish, Lizzie Armitstead, Alberto Contador… some of the many names that you picked as your favourite rider.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to choose their top currently-active rider and had a huge response. It seems there is currently a wide range of riders in the pro peloton worthy of your admiration.
Here we present a selection of your answers, and your justification for picking that person.
Have you got a favourite rider not mentioned here? Tell us who it is, and why you picked them in the comments box below.
Geraint Thomas. He’s an amazing rider and has such a wicked, sharp sense of humour.
Nairo Quintana. Seems a humble, honest rider who rides and gives 100 per cent. I love his climbing style. For women, it has to be Lizzie Armitstead, great consistency and I saw her ride away on Michaelgate in Lincoln for the Nationals… very impressive.
Thomas Voeckler – never a dull moment. The spirit of cycling, manifest.
It’s like trying to choose your favourite ice cream! Mark Cavendish would be at the top of a very long list of favourite riders, and Laura Trott. That girl is bursting with enthusiasm for life.
Tony Martin! Time trial legend who appears very quiet and shy. Just goes about his business, and lets his riding do the talking.
Peter Sagan. Impressive how he is always near the front. Doesn’t matter which style of course. All-round great cyclist. And funny as hell, too.
Chris Froome. A lot of people don’t like his riding style and say he isn’t exciting to watch. But his manner off the bike is what I think makes him so likeable. After everything he faced during the Tour de France, he had every right to be angry and frustrated. However, I never saw him acting anything but calm and gentlemanly.
Bernie Eisel. AKA the bus driver. All-round legend, leads the boys on the flat and pulls early in the mountains. Respected, strong, stylish and he has a beard.
Ian Stannard, because he pushes the wind for three quarters of a stage and never gets much TV time. He is a machine.
Mark Cavendish for me. I like the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve, and shows his frustrations at losing, his jubilation at winning, and in particular his willingness to praise others – teammates AND opponents – when the situation calls for it.
Vincenzo Nibali. Aggressive, super-smooth, classic Italian persona. Yates brothers are my favourite Brits at the moment. Not sure it’s fair to separate them!
Michal Kwiatkowski. He is determined and he is willing to help his team out. I think he has a good chance of winning a grand tour in the near future.
Luke Rowe. Very talented and does the hard yards. Isn’t a showman like Voeckler or as outspoken as Wiggo, but every successful team has to have a Luke Rowe in their ranks.
Alberto Contador. On top form he is just awesome to watch, his tactics and race craft are spot on and that win to Fuente Dé was superb.