Chris Froome awarded Velo d'Or Rider of the Year

Second British rider in a row to be recognised by cycling journalists poll

by John Stevenson   October 30, 2013  

05 Chris Froome at the TDF 2013 launch © Simon MacMichael

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has been voted Velo d’Or Rider of the Year in an annual poll of cycling journalists run by France’s Velo magazine.

It’s the second year in a row that a British rider has been named to the prestigious title, after Sir Bradley Wiggins topped the poll last year.

On teamsky.com, Froome said: "To win an award as significant as this is a fantastic way to cap an incredible season. I was fortunate enough to win the International Flandrien trophy a few weeks ago and to win this one as well is really satisfying.

"I'd like to thank all the people who voted for me, and while it's nice to be recognised for my achievements, my team-mates deserve credit as well because I couldn't have achieved what I've achieved this year without them."

Froome’s Tour de France victory was preceded by wins in four other stage races: Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine.

Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali took second place in the poll and sprinter Peter Sagan was third.

The Velo d’Or Espoirs award for best young rider went to Nairo Quintana and Christophe Riblon was named best French rider for his victory on Alpe d’Huez during the Tour.

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Not quite sure how Sagan was able to overtake Cancellara given that he beat Sagan on more than a few occasions and won Paris-Roubaix

posted by jarredscycling [453 posts]
30th October 2013 - 15:14

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Wholly predictable, but thoroughly deserved.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1279 posts]
30th October 2013 - 16:07

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Much more deserved than that knighthood bloke imo ...

posted by Karbon Kev [680 posts]
30th October 2013 - 16:40

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How so?

posted by sneakerfrfeak [72 posts]
30th October 2013 - 16:49

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If you compare Wiggins' 2012 season and Froome's 2013 season it's hard to say 'much more deserved' based on results, really. Both were dominant, both deserved it.

posted by McTag [40 posts]
30th October 2013 - 17:12

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jarredscycling wrote:
Not quite sure how Sagan was able to overtake Cancellara given that he beat Sagan on more than a few occasions and won Paris-Roubaix

Sagan has the highest win rate in the peloton (I think), something like 25% of stages for all races entered. 1 in 4 - wow. Cav is it about 19% as per this excellent inrng article

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posted by sm [351 posts]
30th October 2013 - 19:53

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Looking forwards to 2014. Think its gonna be 2 on the trot for froome despite the lack of TT's.

posted by Flying Heron [34 posts]
30th October 2013 - 20:23

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Warren Barguil should have got best French.

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posted by samyarwood [1 posts]
30th October 2013 - 20:26

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Where is cancellara from the top 3??!! Day Dreaming

posted by antipathes [2 posts]
30th October 2013 - 22:16

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Does anyone remember when the thought of a Brit being successful on the road was laughable...great innit'

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posted by ragtimecyclist [128 posts]
1st November 2013 - 12:41

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Karbon Kev wrote:
Much more deserved than that knighthood bloke imo ...

...so I suppose my point is, it doesn't matter if it was more deserved than the knighthood bloke...it's just different, and it's all good.

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posted by ragtimecyclist [128 posts]
1st November 2013 - 12:46

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