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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.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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James Warrener [1080 posts] 2 years ago
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Wholly predictable, but thoroughly deserved.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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Much more deserved than that knighthood bloke imo ...

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sneakerfrfeak [96 posts] 2 years ago
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How so?

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McTag [54 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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sm [369 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Flying Heron [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Looking forwards to 2014. Think its gonna be 2 on the trot for froome despite the lack of TT's.

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Looking forwards to 2014. Think its gonna be 2 on the trot for froome despite the lack of TT's.

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samyarwood [1 post] 2 years ago
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Warren Barguil should have got best French.

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antipathes [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Where is cancellara from the top 3??!!  105

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ragtimecyclist [158 posts] 2 years ago
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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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ragtimecyclist [158 posts] 2 years ago
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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.