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  • Some other, sillier awards we considered including:

    – Best second-place victory salute: Simon Clarke (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBSHw1xrXdY)
    – The how-did-you-stuff-that-up award: Etixx-Quick-Step at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQRSisiaC9A)
    – Biggest bone-head move: Nibali at the Vuelta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_g4BJregQ)

    • Dave

      And also the Worst Post-Race Interview ten minutes later!

  • Robert Merkel

    Honorable mention for most exciting race of the year (and perhaps it’s because it’s fresh in the memory it’s getting favoured) – Il Lombardia.

    • Most definitely. Maybe a category for “most inventive win” for Nibali putting it all on the line on the descent after he couldn’t shake Moreno on the climbs. Nibali’s downhill win a few days before was spectacular as well.

  • Joel

    great report CT – honourable mention to John Degenkolb also for his monument win

  • Andy Logan

    Most mental race: Gent Wevelgem this year with the crosswinds and G’s crash.

    Degenkolb Roubaix win was excellent as well, rode across to the break, only one outcome once that happened.

  • jules

    best dummy spit? maybe Sagan when he got hit by that motorbike. although it was maybe too justifiable for the award.

    • Michele

      Actually my grittiest performance award would also go to Matthews. But for something else.
      The effort he put in at Amstel Gold, highlighted by the delay in podium presentation was quite something. Going by first hand accounts of Bling straight afterwards.

    • Dave

      I feel that it would be inappropriate to put all the eggs in one basket for the dummy spit award, so it jointly goes to Matthews and Gerrans.

  • Personally, Simon Geschke’s win on stage 17 of the Tour stands out as one of the gutsiest wins of the season. https://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/07/geschke-wins-stage-17-of-the-tour-with-long-solo-escape-contador-loses-time/

    • Absolutely. There’s always something cool seeing a rider tear up after winning a big race like that.

    • Dave

      Phillip Gilbert’s stage win at the Giro (hanging in there on the climb and then winning it on the descent) and Ruben Plaza’s win at the Tour (holding off Peter Sagan on a technical descent) would have to be up there as well.

  • Sagan put in two rides of a lifetime this year, both of them in the USA: Mt. Baldy and Richmond. He should race on this side of the pond more often. And there is something about the look on his face after winning Worlds, definitely not disbelief like Lizzie, more like “Yah, of course I just did that.” There was a confidence, maybe arrogance to it, but Sagan’s attitude is breath of fresh air in a somewhat stuff pro peleton.

    • Andy B

      His number of stage wins and the overall at the tour of California this year shows he definitely enjoys racing there

    • Michele

      I loved watching the Tour of Cali this year.
      I know there were comments about it being a snooze-fest and all – but to see Sagan suffer like he did on Mt. Baldy was a season highlight for me.
      I also think Sagan learnt a lot about himself that day – and he’s now starting to reap the rewards from doing so.

    • Holby City

      I believe he was relieved not arrogant. He had so many second places so his confidence needed this.

  • slowK

    Stannard’s Omloop win was up there for me. Outnumbered by 3 Etixx riders (Boonen, Terpstra, Vandenbergh), still takes the win. Gutsy.

    • Michele

      It was good.

      That race could have produced 2 awards. Stannard’s and if CT were handing out a ‘most ridiculous team tactics’ award, Etixx would’ve won it by quite some margin.

  • Bewshay

    Best article of the year guys, really enjoyed this one!

    • Andy B

      Me too! Reflects on a great year of cycling :)

      • greg

        me too, and noone’s ‘thrown’ in the typo yet

        • Nor spotted Ella CT’s subliminal message about winning a ‘Momument’

  • Michele

    Kristoff’s early season form seems like a long time ago now.

    It really has been a terrific season. 2 of the 3 GT were fascinating; the TdF had some great sub-plots to keep it interesting as well.

    With both Boonen and Cancellara not featuring, it gave the Spring Classics a breath of fresh air – new deserving victors as well.

    Sometimes I suffer from a bit too much cycling in August / Sept. But the racing has been really enjoyable for reasons like: Taylor’s comeback. Richmond, Lombardi.

    One award not covered – I guess it would’ve been a lay down misère anyway – would’ve been the fastest cyclist [male or female] over an hour or racing. :)
    Thanks for the recap CT.

  • Dave

    Best Teeth: Esteban Chaves.

    • Goofy

      Aru

      • lefthandside

        Stybar

  • Winning Magazine

    How Ian Stannards Het Volkswagen win not get a mention is beyond me. Uneven list.

  • Gaza

    Is there a video which shows what you describe re. Sagan at the worlds? Cheers

  • MattF

    Porte the ultimate team player – I’m not sure about that. For one race (the TDF) maybe but he was team leader and ultimate victor in many others. I think that award belongs to another Team Sky rider, the indomitable Vasil Kiryienka. Great article and awards, however.

    • Chris Lawrence

      I’d also question Porte’s nomination but I’d go for Thomas as the ultimate team player. Arguably, he put Froome’s win ahead of a podium placing at the Tour which trumps Porte’s stage win.

      An honourble mention at the very least.

      • lefthandside

        Surely Luca Paolini – fantastic work by him in Milan San Remo (though Kristoff didn’t win) but there were some other races where he really put himself on the line. Speaking of lines, he will be one to watch at the end of season party as well

      • Thomas was good but he blew up royally on stage 19 of the Tour, dropping 22 minutes: http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_de_France_2015_Stage_19_La_Toussuire

        • Superpilot

          LOLZZZ, Porte lost 28 on the same stage ;)

          • Bex

            but he wasn’t contesting the top 10. would be a bit different if he was in the mix to start with.

  • aradilon

    Greg Van Avermaet should be in here somewhere!

    • Groom

      Forever bridesmaid award

      • Dave

        An award that, ironically, he only inherits because Peter Sagan got out of the way right at the very end of the year!

  • Paolo

    For me the most feel good win was Sagan in Richmond. The universe showed some justice. I also found Tiesj Bennot far more impressive than Caleb Ewan and his sprint victories. His Flanders alone toped everything Ewan did.

    • Benoot definitely had a good year and some impressive results. But I don’t know if I’d say fifth at the Tour of Flanders (as impressive as that is) is better than a stage win at the Vuelta (not to mention everything else Ewan did). Also, Benoot didn’t win a race for the season; Ewan won 11.

  • Wish I was on the bike…

    Hansen? Hard to fit into a single year?

    • lefthandside

      he gets a letter from the queen after his hundredth

  • Nick Clark

    Just every time Chaves got on a podium, happiest bloke in the peloton by a mile.

  • Whippet

    It’s not clear to me that Sky was more consistent than Movistar. Although Froome did win the Tour de France, Quintana & Valverde were both on the podium. Movistar finished ahead of Sky in both the Giro & the Vuelta. Movistar won the team competition in both the Tour & the Vuelta. They won Liege-Bastogne-Liege & Flèche Wallonne with Valverde. They also won a few shorter tours: Tirreno-Adriatico, Vuelta Asturias, Bayern Rundfahrt, Tour of Poland and Tour de l’Avenir. In addition, I can’t remember watching any race where Movistar didn’t win at least one stage.

    I feel Movistar was the best team over the entire season, followed by EQS. Sky is in contention for a spot on the podium with Astana & BMC.

  • Chris

    Shout out to Joe Dombrowski for runner up on the best comeback award. Can’t argue with Phinney winning that, but Dombrowski was plagued by injuries for quite some time. Nice to see him win the Tour of Utah.

  • Craig Battersby

    Not heard of Adam Yates then?

  • federico gueli

    BEST RACE 2015: Eneco tour.

    BEST WRONG WAY : BYSTROM LEADING THE PELOTON OUT OF THE COURSE IN tour of Alberta.

    BEST FUTURE STAR : Tjesi Benoot.
    O

  • mattsnow81 .

    I think the Tour of California was the most exciting race and Peter Sagan the rider of the year. 10 victories and 17 second places, not to mention being arguably the most popular rider in the peloton.

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