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Cyclist's racing moments of the year 2018

Cyclist magazine
9 Dec 2018

We've picked our favourite racing moments from the 2018 season

Cyclist's racing moments of the year 2017

The 2017 men's and women's racing seasons have ended and here in the Cyclist office we are already getting excited for the Classics and even next year's Grand Tours. But before getting carried away with 2018, we've all cast our minds back to the recently finished cycling season to pick out our favourite racing moments.

There are some obvious - but no less worthy - choices in there like Alberto Contador's fairytale win on the Angliru and Annamiek van Vleuten's ride in the time trial at the World Championships, but also a few slightly more obscure picks.

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Cyclist's racing moments of the year 2017

Jack Elton-Walters, Website Editor

Men's: Tom Dumoulin is my rider of the year and so the top racing moment has to be one of his.

The overall at the Giro d'Italia would be obvious, but more specifically his ride on Stage 14 when he caught and passed the other favourites to take the stage win and the all important time bonus was a benchmark in a race that he was then always going to win.

Women's: While compiling this list it quickly became clear that Annamiek van Vleuten wouldn't be short of votes, and rightly so.

But with that in mind, I had a think back across the season and for me the standout moment was Coryn Rivera's win at the Tour of Flanders.

It had looked like the victory would go to one of four riders who were away up the road, but teamwork brought Rivera back into contention and she proved that sprinters can win the hardest Classic on the women's calendar.

Joe Robinson, Website Writer

Men's: Best racing moment is tricky but I would probably say Phil Gil taking Flanders.

Standard end-of-contract year riding from Gilbert, proving that he really can kick it with the best on the cobbles.

The race had everything from the entire Quick-Step Floors team attacking with around 100km to go up the Muur, to Peter Sagan crashing with Greg van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen, to Niki Terpstra appearing to deliberately run over Sagan’s glasses.

There is something special about a Belgian winning Flanders solo in the Belgian National Champion's jersey.

Women's: Annemick van Vlueten winning on top of the Izoard at La Course. We finally got televised action of the top women pros going head-to-head up a proper mountain.

Van Vlueten killed it with a Strava time that is faster than most male professionals.

Hopefully this wasn’t a one-off and we get to see the women’s peloton taking on the Alps and Pyrenees again (just not next year unfortunately).

Pete Muir, Editor

Men's: Chris Froome winning the Vuelta a Espana to seal a historic double. He'll never unseat Wiggo as the nation's favourite, but his win was far gutsier than people give him credit for.

Women's: Annemiek van Vleuten winning the World Championships TT. Who can't be moved by the tale of the life-threatening crash at the Olympics, followed by the victory at the Worlds the following season?

Stu Bowers, Deputy Editor

Men's: My racing moment of the year is without doubt Peter Sagan’s perfectly calculated win at the World Champs becoming even more of a legend with a hat trick of rainbow jerseys!

He’d hidden himself away almost all race long (which was very long) so much so I was sure he was no longer in contention and then.... boom, there he was just at the perfect moment to strike! Legend!

Women's: Hannah Barnes showed true grit and determination in Bergen. Ok she didn’t get the spoils in the end but it was still an awesome ride.

Ooh, this can’t go without mention: Annie Last winning mountain bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland this year. First British woman ever to do so (I know it’s MTB but nevertheless a massive achievement).

Martin James, Production Editor

Men's: Alberto Contador's Angliru swansong at the Vuelta.

El Pistolero went out all guns blazing, and it's hard to argue he didn't deserve it for animating the race with attacks off the front day after day.

Whatever you might think about the man and his past, Contador ensured that the final chapter of his career will be remembered for all the right reasons.

Women's: Chantal Blaak riding away from her rivals in Bergen was a brilliant move, and probably only intended as the start of a manoeuvre for a teammate.

James Spender, Features Editor

Men's: Romain Bardet throughout the Tour de France; might just be the first Frenchman to win it since Bernard Hinault in '85

Women's: Annemiek van Vleuten winning the Worlds TT after breaking her back in Rio.

Peter Stuart, Commissioning Editor

Men's: It has to be Dumoulin taking the World Champs TT with a combination of fantastic time trialling form and climbing strength to finish off a fantastic season.

Women's: The Dutch pincer movement at the Women's Road World Championships – fantastic tactics at play to take Chantal Blaak to victory. Chess on wheels embodied.

Rob Milton, Art Director

Men's: Had to be Tom Dumoulin's Grand Tour winning performance with added poo stop to show how good he really is. Best show boating I've seen all year.

Women's: Annie Last becoming the first British woman in 20 years to win an XC World Cup event, and then going on to take 2nd at the World Champs (GB women's first ever medal at XC Worlds).

Sam Challis, Staff Writer

Men's: Tom Pidcock in Bergen, winning the junior World TT is an incredible achievement. Plus he seems like a good lad and is Jack's mate.

Women's: Lauren Dolan finishing her ride in Bergen in the ITT despite being seriously hurt as a result of her crash. Serious guts to carry on.

Laura Scott, Product Reviewer

Men's: Gilbert essentially time trialling to victory at Flanders.

Women's: Annemiek van Vleuten taking the time trial gold at the Road World Championships after fracturing her spine.

Joseph Delves, Product Reviewer

Men's: Either Rigoberto Uran's comeback where he won the Queen Stage at the Tour, despite being stuck in 52/11. Or, Alberto Contador's last win on L’Angliru. Probably Contador, cos he's rad. Sorry, both a bit obvious!

Women's: Katie Archibald wining the Omnium at the Track World Championships in April, and also successfully defended her European omnium title in October.

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