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It’s more than eight months since the Santos Tour Down Under, the opening event on the 2016 WorldTour calendar. And with the completion of last Sunday’s Il Lombardia, male road cycling’s highest level of competition is now complete for another season.
A look at the individual rankings shows that Peter Sagan (4,759 points) took a comfortable victory by season’s end, finishing nearly 1,000 points clear of his nearest challenger, Chris Froome (3,771). Vuelta a España winner Nairo Quintana (3568.25) was third, Greg Van Avermaet (3548.25) was fourth and two-time defending champion Alejandro Valverde (2,916) was fifth.
Sagan’s victory is the result of several big one-day wins (Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and the GP de Quebec), victories in WorldTour stage races (Tour de Suisse, Tour de France and the Eneco Tour) and, perhaps above all, consistency across the season. Sagan had a staggering seven second-place finishes and six third-place finishes in WorldTour races this year.
But the story of the 2016 WorldTour goes well beyond Peter Sagan. In this retrospective gallery we feature photos from each of the season’s WorldTour races, recapping the defining moments and some of the great performances.