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Cyclist's 2017 racing predictions

Peter Sagan, Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana on the podium of the 2015 Tour de France
Cyclist magazine
24 Jun 2017

Who do our writers think can be victorious in some of the biggest professional cycling races in 2017?

Predicting which riders will win which races at the very start of the season can be difficult. Picking Chris Froome to take his fourth Tour de France title might seem a safe bet, but anything can happen as we saw in 2014. 

Sometimes it's even difficult to choose a race winner during the race: who thought Matthew Hayman would win Paris-Roubaix or saw Vincenzo Nibali overturning a four minute deficit in the final stages of the Giro d'Italia? 

Here we've made guesses and wishful selections for who we think will come out on top this season. 

Let us know your predictions in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.

If you're here just for the Tour de France, we've put our heads together to choose the likely winners and losers at this year's biggest race too

Cyclist's 2017 racing predictions 

Pete Muir, Editor 

Cyclocross World Championships: Wout van Aert and Marianne Vos 
Milan-San Remo: Ben Swift, he’ll finally come good now he’s left Sky
Tour of Flanders: Peter Sagan, this is the one race he won’t let Tom Boonen win
Women's Tour of Flanders: Lizzie Deignan, she needs this one
Paris-Roubaix: Sep Vanmarcke, breaking Boonen’s heart in the process
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Wout Poels, he needs to make his mark while he’s not being Chris Froome’s chaperone
Giro d'Italia: Nairo Quintana, he won’t save himself for the Tour - Froome’s got that one stitched-up
Women's Tour of Britain: Hannah Barnes, the househusband’s favourite 
Women's Giro d'Italia: Anna van der Breggen, because she can do pretty much anything  
Tour de France: Tao Geoghegan-Hart, after a freak pile-up removes all other riders from the race while he’s having a pee. It could happen
La Course: Emma Pooley, it’s basically an uphill time-trial to the top of the Izoard  
Vuelta a Espana: Froome, wins by two hours 50 minutes out of sheer anger at his Tour loss
Il Lombardia: Geraint Thomas 
World Championships: Tom Boonen, suddenly he decides not to retire after all 
World Championships: van der Breggen

Stu Bowers, Deputy Editor 

Cyclocross World Championships: Matthieu Van Der Poel (by a gnat's cock from Wout in the sprint); Nikki Braemmmier (more hungry and well rested/fresh after enforced break due to using her face to stop in Euro champs)
Ronde van Drenthe (women's): Marrianne Vos, because she wins anything beginning with Ronde…
Milan-San Remo: Michael Matthews, long shot and decent betting odds 9/1 Paddy Power – you heard it here first, but don’t bet on him Pete M. as you know it’s like handing out a curse
Tour of Flanders: Boonen, because he wants it so so bad in his final year and also wants to stick it to Sagan more than anything else in the world because he’s insanely jealous of his flowing locks
Women's Tour of Flanders: Boonen, because he wants it so so bad in his final year and also wants to stick it to Sagan more than anything else in the world because he’s insanely jealous of his flowing locks
Paris-Roubaix: Gerraint Thomas, from a four man break - after Boonen and Sagan clash bars on the velodrome and take each other down, and Dekenkolb can’t avoid the carnage and goes don too. Thomas, who had been shelled has a clear victory lap on his own to take his first monument, but not how he would have liked to win
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Gilbert – needs to win at least one more decent race before retiring – it’s been a while
Giro d'Italia: Nibbles or Fabio Aru (an all Italian fight as it’s the 100th year so must have an Italian victor!!)
Women's Tour of Britain: Lizzie Deignan, she’s after clawing back her Uk fanbase after missed-drug-test-gate
Women's Giro d'Italia: Anna Van der Breggan (she loves a good Grand Tour as she can TT and climb with the best)
Tour de France: Nairo Quintana – please, please, please actually attack this year though and make it exciting!!
La Course: Petit Pooley’s final swansong (she’s getting on a bit now but will be hard for anyone to beat the pint-sized (probably 35kg) Brit up the Izoard)
Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana, shows true Colombian grit by carrying his Tour form over to a second Grand Tour win in 2017
Il Lombia: Whichever one of Nibbles and Aru didn’t win the Giro, to maintain their Itlaian pride
World Championships: Sagan , three in a row – LEGEND!! (Plus it’s nearly 300km then finishes on a climb so needs a proper hard nut!
World Championships: Deignan (again) because she wants to prove she only got fourth at the Olympics on purpose, to keep herself out of the limelight

Peter Stuart, Commissioning Editor 

Cyclocross World Championships: Marianne Vos
Ronde van Drenthe (women's): Annemiek van Vleuten
Milan-San Remo: Peter Sagan
Tour of Flanders: Greg Van Avermaet
Women's Tour of Flanders: Marianne Vos
Paris-Roubaix: Van Avermaet
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Dan Martin
Giro d'Italia: Vincenzo Nibali
Women's Tour of Britain: Vos
Women's Giro d'Italia: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
Tour de France: Barry Hoban or Tom Dumoulin
La Course: van Vleuten
Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana
Il Lombardia: Fabio Aru
World Championships: Julian Alaphilippe
World Championships: Ferrand-Prevot

Sam Challis, Editorial Assistant 

Cyclocross World Championships: Sven Nys, one-off return to show the whippersnappers how it's done
Ronde van Drenthe (women's): Marianne Vos
Milan-San Remo: Peter Sagan
Tour of Flanders: Sagan
Women's Tour of Flanders: Vos
Paris-Roubaix: Matty Hayman, I just want to see him dry cry again
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Simon Gerrans, angry at not winning anything in early season Australian races
Giro d'Italia: Esteban Chaves, smiles his way into the hearts of the Italians, tifosi attack all other contenders
Women's Tour of Britain: Vos
Women's Giro d'Italia: Vos
Tour de France: Chris Froome, Chris Froomestrong headlines abound
La Course: Vos
Vuelta a Espana: Alberto Contador (won singlehandedly to prove to team bosses he's just as good Nibali)
Il Lombardia: Vincenzo Nibali
World Championships: Geraint Thomas (he's such a good lad that he must win something)
World Championships: Vos 

Martin James, Production Editor 

Milan-San Remo: Alejandro Valverde, making good on his promise to focus on one-day races in 2017
Tour of Flanders: Tom Boonen, taking his 4th Flanders win to kick off his final year in style
Paris-Roubaix: Steve Cummings, continuing the run of unlikely Roubaix winners
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Chris Froome, after flying into Liege 10 minutes before the start of the race unbeknown to the rest of the Team Sky line-up, then flying out again straight afterwards
Giro d'Italia: Esteban Chaves, narrowly edging out Fabio Aru
Women's Tour of Britain: Lizzie Deignan, ahead of Hannah Barnes in a British one-two
Women's Giro d'Italia: Marianne Vos
Tour de France: Nairo Quintana, edging out Chris Froome to finally claim Colombia's first Tour win
La Course: Marianne Vos, but she gets off the bike 100m from the line in protest over the route
Vuelta a Espana: Fabio Aru, holding off Jarlinson Pantano to prevent an unlikely Colombian Grand Tour clean sweep
Il Lombardia: Alberto Contador, only partially salvaging an otherwise winless 2017 season
World Championships: Alejandro Valverde, holding off Peter Sagan and Geraint Thomas
World Championships: Annemiek van Vleuten, finally making up for her horror crash at the Olympics

Rob Milton, Art Director 

Cyclocross World Championships: Paul Oldham and Evie Richards
Ronde van Drenthe (women's): Vos
Milan-San Remo: Niki Terpstra
Tour of Flanders: Philippe Gilbert
Women's Tour of Flanders: Vos
Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Gilbert
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Vuelta a Espana: Adam Yates
World Championships: Peter Sagan
World Championships: Vos

Jack Elton-Walters, Website Editor

Cyclocross World Championships: Wout van Aert and Sanne Cant, at a canter
Ronde van Drenthe (women's): Annemiek van Vleuten  
Milan-San Remo: Peter Sagan, he'll be dropped on the Poggio but get back to the front on the descent
Tour of Flanders: Sagan, from a small but threatening group 
Women's Tour of Flanders: Marianne Vos, back to her best
Paris-Roubaix: Ian Standard, why not?!
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Dan Martin, thanks to a training ride on the Isle of Wight over Christmas
Giro d'Italia: Vincenzo Nibali
Women's Tour of Britain: Vos
Women's Giro d'Italia: Megan Guarnier
Tour de France: Nairo Quintana will end Chris Froome's stranglehold on the race with long range attacks and exciting, unpredictable racing
La Course: van Vleuten 
Vuelta a Espana: Alberto Contador, disappointment at the Tour and the home crowd will carry him to a win in his last ever race
World Championships: Geraint Thomas, it's a long way off...
World Championships: Anna van der Breggen, just like the Olympics 

Josh Cunningham, Web Writer

Cyclocross World Championships: Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van de Poel to lap the field 10 times; Marianne Vos returns with a new rainbow jersey
Milan-San Remo: Peter Sagan, he'll hang onto the Nibali group that goes clear and outsprint them
Tour of Flanders: Sagan, assuming he doesn't crack, will probably be unbeatable
Women's Tour of Flanders: Lizzie Deignan, after a slow start to the season  
Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen, breaks the record. Please, please, please  
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: One of the Yates or Julian Alaphilippe 
Giro d'Italia: Esteban Chaves. Steven Kruiswijk finishes minutes down, but in the top ten 
Women's Tour of Britain: Elisa Longo Borghini, clinches it after Vos and Armitstead spend too long looking at each other 
Tour de France: Chris Froome 
La Course: Annemiek van Vleuten 
Vuelta a Espana: Ilnur Zakarin. Alberto Contador races every day like his last. Finishes 2nd. Zakarin wins. Nobody knows how to feel 
Il Lombardia: Louis Meintjes
World Championships: Sagan or Alexander Kristoff
World Championships: Megan Guarnier rounds out an impressive few years

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