You decide - who will readers vote our Cyclist of The Year for 2009?

Armstrong, Cavendish, Contador or Wiggins? The choice is yours.

by Simon_MacMichael   December 11, 2009  

Mark Cavendish wins - pic courtesy Photosport International

Phew. Yesterday’s news that Bradley Wiggins has signed on the dotted line for team Sky has finally drawn a line under the 2009 road season, and now we can all look forward to what promises to be an equally intriguing 2010.

But before we consign 2009 to the history books, we want to know who you consider the star performer of the year from the shortlist on our end-of-term poll.

Let’s cast a quick eye over the contenders.


Lance Armstrong

Love him or loathe him, the seven-time Tour de France winner’s comeback in 2009 was perhaps the big story of the year, and he was rarely out of the headlines, whether for his performances on the bike – many believed a podium place in Paris was well beyond the Texan’s reach – or for his activities off it, whether that be organising bike rides flashmob-style via Twittter in the cities he visited, or auctioning his custom-painted Trek bikes off for charity. Only Armstrong himself knows for sure whether his failure to make up ground on Alberto Contador in the Tour de France was down to not wanting to attack a team-mate, or whether that extra burst in the legs has disappeared.

Mark Cavendish

Four stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, including the opening day time trial that saw him become the first British rider to wear the maglia rosa. Six in the Tour de France, taking his career total into double figures and surpassing the record eight stage wins in the race by a British rider of Barry Hoban. Becoming only the second British rider to win Milan-San Remo, 45 years after Tom Simpson had won it. No fewer than 25 wins on the road during the season, and while cynics may point to some of his success being due to Columbia-HTC’s tireless train, it’s up to Cav to be in the right place at the right time to put the hammer down for the line.

Bradley Wiggins

This time last year, all was right with the world. Wiggo had won two gold medals in his natural element on the track at Beijing, and fans could look forward to him perhaps picking up the odd individual time trial win on the road in 2009. Enter Twiggo. The newly-svelte Garmin-Slipstream rider put in a phenomenal performance in the mountains during the Tour de France, right from the first Pyrenean stage up to Andorra when we realised he could climb a bit, right up to Mont Ventoux on the penultimate day when he grittily held on to his fourth place in the GC. He may not have made the podium this year, but Team Sky now have a genuine GC contender to work with next year.

Alberto Contador

It’s difficult to think of a Tour de France winner in recent years who has won the race with seemingly so little support from their team. Returning to the race he won in 2007 after a one-year absence due to Astana’s exclusion in 2008, Contador waited till the mountains then seemingly threw the team tactics book out of the window to put distance between himself and his GC rivals, most notably Lance Armstrong. By the time he took the yellow jersey on Stage 15, the cracks in the Astana squad were all too apparent, and the Spaniard’s isolation was subsequently confirmed when several of his apparent team-mates followed Armstrong to his new Team RadioShack outfit.

Over to you for the voting - and if there's anyone you think should have made the shortlist but didn't, feel free to let us know who and why in the comments below.

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Gutted I didnt make the short list Big Grin

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1255 posts]
11th December 2009 - 15:00


its a tough decision between Wiggins and Cavendish.. , shall go have coffee and cake and think about it ..yep im that busy Smile

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
11th December 2009 - 15:09


Fabian Cancellara should be on the short list - he started the season with a storming prologue in the tour of California (with a high fever!), had a disastrous spring (which he accepted with good grace) and then picked himself back up and won practically every time trial going, spent over a week in yellow at the TdF, tore the peloton apart in the mountain stages for the Schleck brothers, took the golden jersey in Vuelta, vanquished the field in World Championship TTs and very nearly won an historic double at the WC road race. Not to mention, he's just a classy rider who never spits the dummy or whines about his misfortunes. Had a much more impressive season than Wiggins in my book and should certainly be on the list.

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posted by kittyfondue [56 posts]
11th December 2009 - 17:16


you're right kittyfondue - he should be in. I'll add him now. Mind you, he's got a bit of ground to make up

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4140 posts]
11th December 2009 - 17:30


You're a good man, Tony, no doubt about it. he'll come charging into the lead in no time!

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posted by kittyfondue [56 posts]
11th December 2009 - 17:44


I am said to have a bit of a man-crush for Fab, he is as good as it gets as a cyclist, plus a really good bloke in general. He gets my vote...

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
11th December 2009 - 20:43


Nothing wrong with a man-crush, Complicating, especially when it's on Fab. I feel vindicated that he's already passed Lance, Bertie and Twiggo even with a late start in this survey!

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posted by kittyfondue [56 posts]
12th December 2009 - 21:32