VeloNews November/December 2019

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honorable mentions

There are always riders and performances that go overlooked in our annual VeloNews Awards Issue. This year, the omissions were particularly cruel. Thus, I’ve compiled a collection of unofficial Fred Dreier awards for cycling excellence in 2019. BEST SPRING goes to Julian Alaphilippe, who had the best early season campaign I can remember, winning Strade-Bianche, Milano-Sanremo, and even La Fleche Wallonne. BEST SAVE goes to Jakob Fuglsang, who somehow slipped but didn’t crash on a slippery descent into Liege during his victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. BEST ATTACK goes to Annemiek van Vleuten, whose uphill attack during stage 5 of the Giro Rosa distanced the field by three minutes. BEST COMEBACK goes to Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, whose MTB World Cup and UCI World Championship victories marked a return to the sport’s pinnacle after three years…

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what was your favorite racing moment of 2019?

FD: Chloé Dygert winning the World Championships in the time trial definitely made me the happiest, as we all knew she was capable of being the world’s best on the road. CC: I cried from excitement after witnessing the finish of Amstel Gold Race. Watching Mathieu van der Poel single-handedly pull back two superstar escapees, while dragging a litter of top-notch riders with him, and then easily out-sprinting all of them to take an otherworldly first spring classic win, was simply magical. I've never seen anything like it. DC: Watching Chloé Dygert cross the finish line at the Colorado Classic in the shadow of Coors Field, a dominant winner, with my daughter on my shoulders cheering her on. AH: Mathieu van der Poel chasing like a madman against all odds to win Amstel…

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lea davison

What kind of pressure are you placing on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics? Oh, it’s all or nothing. I am all in to try and qualify. And it’s going to take a different approach from this point to May to build up. I need to qualify at that first World Cup opener. I’m going for it—I see it as this is my last shot at the Olympics. How would you characterize the struggles you endured during the 2017 and 2018 seasons? After 2016 I was coming out of that season just flying and on such a high. I got a silver medal at the world championships and came in seventh at the Olympics. I was racing for Specialized and thought I was set. They called me and said that if I want to…

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worlds apart

American riders took home six medals at the recent UCI World Road Championships in Yorkshire—three of them gold. Only the powerhouse Dutch, who won eight, finished with more medals. The American haul marked the second-best showing the country has had in the last decade, which has seen a few years of dwindling results at road cycling's end-of-season party. Below, we show how the American medal haul compares to the nation with the top medals at the UCI road worlds. 4 Medals won by Brandon McNulty since 2009 (most of any American during this time) 19 Medals won by Americans since 2010…

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charging bulls

On a hot day in July 1981, stage 12b of the Tour de France finished on the famous motor racing track in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. The Belgian police were notorious for walking in front of the photographers and pushing them back, just as the riders came into view. Having experienced this before, and also looking for a side-on shot of Irish compatriot Sean Kelly, photographer John Pierce set off down the road. He found a slot in the barriers 200 meters from the line where he could get his preferred angle that day. While Pierce’s focus was on Kelly, the Irishman wasn’t a factor in the finale. Suddenly, however, Bernard Hinault, wearing the yellow jersey, came into the frame. The reigning world road race champion would have to do. “For about a year…

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velonews 2019 awards

MATHIEU VAN DER POEL INTERNATIONAL CYCLIST OF THE YEAR Primož Roglič had more wins. Julian Alaphilippe had 14 days in yellow. Annemiek van Vleuten had rainbow stripes, again and again. Yet Mathieu van der Poel’s accomplishments throughout the 2019 season stand apart from these great champions. Why? This season van der Poel accomplished what only one cyclist—Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prévot—had done before. At age 24 he won at the highest international level in cyclocross, mountain bike racing, and professional road cycling. His victories came in thrilling fashion, against champions who are at the very pinnacle of their discipline. And he did it for months on end. Van der Poel opened the 2019 season by winning his sixth cyclocross World Cup of the series, before he dominated the cyclocross world championships, finishing so far ahead of his…