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by Mark Zalewski
December 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome to start his 2017 season in Australia at Cadel’s Race and the Sun Tour; Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs; Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’; UCI and Wanda Sports sign partnership to transform cycling in China; Shane Sutton on short list for Cycling Australia high performance director job; Tom Veelers announced retirement due to ongoing knee injury; Why not Froome as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year?; Peter Sagan Wins Velo D’Or; Hayman backs Matthews’ team move for green jersey aspirations; Wiggins listed on British Cycling’s 2017 podium programme; Cylance Pro Cycling names men’s roster; No Grand Départ for Portsmouth in 2019, but hopes for a future bid; Controversy brewing over grant for Irish government head’s cycling club; Colombian cycling photographer Horacio Gil Ochoa.
Peter Sagan has won the 2016 Vélo d’Or award, given by French cycling magazine Vélo, for his outstanding season that saw him top the UCI rankings and win a second world title. It is the first time that the Slovakian has won the title.
He’s not regarded as a pure sprinter, and yet Peter Sagan was able to get around the likes of Mark Cavendish to win back-to-back world titles.
Sagan joins the likes of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Tom Boonen and Miguel Indurain as past winners of the award.
In addition to the rainbow stripes, Sagan won the Tour of Flanders, three stages of the Tour de France, the European Championships and a fifth Tour de France green jersey.
Sagan’s 86 points beat Froome’s 70, despite winning a third Tour de France title. Vuelta a España winner Nairo Quintana finished in third with 43 points.
Romain Bardet was awarded the Vélo d’Or Francaise, winning by a considerable margin. The Tour de France runner-up had 120 points, a wide margin over Arnaud Demare in second with 88. Julian Alaphilippe had 62 points in third place.
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