Chris Froome awarded Velo d'Or Rider of the Year
Second British rider in a row to be recognised by cycling journalists poll
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.