A year of amazing racing. It started well for me when I got invited by Specialized to attend Milan San Remo and watch Matt Goss win, and finished off well with an edge of the sofa World Championship road race. And with that it is time to close out the Elcyclista end of year poll, where we tried to capture the defining moments of the season, and see which one you thought was the best ride of the season. So with a drum roll and a champagne shower, the winner and runners up are:
1. CADEL EVANS with 26.72% of the votes for his ride on Stage 18 of the Tour. He kept his head when Schleck went up the road early on what was being billed as the make-or-break stage. He used his team to keep the gap realistic, and Hincapie and the other teams across the valley to get him to the base of the Galibier still in range. What a ride on the Galibier. He hit the front at the bottom and never looked for any help all the way to the top, riding some of the best climbers in the world of his wheel.
2. JOHNNY HOOGERLAND with 25.95% of the votes for redefining the term “Hard As Nails”. Pulling himself off a barbed wire fence, he rode on to finish the stage, shredded literally, to pick up the KOM jersey.
3. PHILIP GILBERT with 20.61% of the votes for his Ardennes Grand Slam. Apart from the fact the guy was on fire pretty much all season, winning Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and L-B-L in one season has only been done once before.
Just in case you want to relive that amazing stage 18 from this years Tour, posted below. Thanks for all your support and feedback this year, and here is hoping for an equally amazing 2012 season.
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