Best of 2021 - CN awards

It's time to hand most prestigious cycling awards. CN forum experts can vote in various categories and choose their favourites. For every rider and race organizer winning this award is obviously the pinnacle of their careers so consider your choice carefully! Voting until the end of November.

Rider of the year

Most improved rider of the year

Performance of the year


Stage race of the year
Classic race of the year
Stage of the year
Race of the year (vote for the best of the three above subcategories)

Moment of the year


This is men cycling edition. Feel free to create a version for women.
 
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Rider of the year
3 - Roglic
2 - Van Aert
1 - Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year
3 - Colbrelli
2 - Pidcock
1 - Vingegaard

Performance of the year
3 - Roglic @ Olympic TT
2 - Van der Poel @ Strade Bianche
1 - Alaphilippe @ World's

Stage race of the year
3 - Tour of Basque Country
2 - Tirreno Adriatico
1 - Tour de France

Classic race of the year
3 - E3
2 - Strade Bianche
1 - Paris-Roubaix (also overall winner of the Race of the Year)

Stage of the year -
3 - Sterrati stage @ Giro d'Italia
2 - Stage 7 @ Tour de France
1 - Castelfidardo stage @ Tirreno Adriatico

Moment of the year
3 - Pidcock wins the Amstel Gold Race
2 - Van Aert completes his trilogy on the Champs
1 - Van der Poel's tearful double @ Mur de Bretagne
 
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Rider of the year: Tadej Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year:Jonas Vingegaard

Performance of the year: Mathieu Van der Poel, Strade Bianche

Stage race of the year: Tirreno Adriatico
Classic race of the year: Strade Bianche
Stage of the year: Tirreno stage 5 (Castelfidardo)

Race of the year (best of the three subcategories): Strade Bianche

Moment of the year: Van der Poel's stage win on Mur de Bretagne
 
Rider of the year: Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year: Vingegaard

Performance of the year: Pogacar's ride on stage 8 of the Tour (Le Grand Bornand)

Stage race of the year: Tirreno-Adriatico
Classic race of the year: Paris Roubaix
Stage of the year: stage 8 of the Tour de France
Race of the year: Paris-Roubaix

Moment of the year:
 
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Rider of the year: Tadej Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year: Almeida, Pidcock or Colbrelli but I'll go with Colbrelli

Performance of the year: Jakobsen making his comeback and picking up some Vuelta stages.

Stage race of the year: Tirreno Adriatico
Classic race of the year: WC RR
Stage of the year: Grand Bornand, stage 8 in LeTour.

Race of the year (best of the three subcategories): WC2021, could've easily picked Strade or Roubaix

Moment of the year: Kragh Andersen laughing when Pogacar flew by him.

 
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Rider of the year: Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year: Vingegaard

Performance of the year: Pogacar's ride on stage 8 of the Tour (Le Grand Bornand)

Stage race of the year: Tirreno-Adriatico
Classic race of the year: Paris Roubaix
Stage of the year: stage 17 of the Vuelta

Race of the year: Paris-Roubaix

Moment of the year:
I lol'ed :p
 
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Rider of the year
  1. Pogyboy
  2. WVA
  3. Colbrelli

Most improved rider of the year

  1. Pidcock
  2. Vingegaard
  3. Colbrelli

Performance of the year

  1. Pogacar TdF stage 8: although the stage was won by Dylan Teuns, Pogacar did destroy everyone who had GC ambitions with a long solo
  2. WVA in Tirreno Adriatico: An entire week of going 100% resulting in 2 stage wins and total 2nd GC for a classic rider.
  3. MVP in Strade: I never thought someone would be able to make Alaphillipe seem a non explosive riders. But MVP's attack in Sienna almost made it seems as if Alaphillipe stood still.

Stage race of the year:
Tirreno Adriatico
Classic race of the year:
Paris Roubaix
Stage of the year:
Stage 7 TdF, won by Mohoric from the early break away with MPV, WVA and others. UAE almost lost the tour there in a hilly stage.

Moment of the year

Alafpolak doing the viking clap after becoming WC in Leuven with the Belgian public.
 
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Rider of the year: Tadej Pogacar

Most improved rider of the year: Ethan Hayter

Performance of the year: Julian Alaphilippe at the Worlds

Stage race of the year: Tirreno-Adriatica
Classic race of the year: RVV
Stage of the year: TDF Stage 8

Race of the year (best of the three subcategories): RVV

Moment of the year: Fabio Jakobsen back on a bike
(Though that Remco podium moment is the best moment off a bike)
 
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Rider of the year
Pogacar
Three stage races, bronze at Olympics, two monuments and the Tour speaks for itself.

Most improved rider of the year
1st Cavendish
10 wins on the year with the most out of the sprinters, most since 2016, and first win since 2018. Counted out by 99%.
2nd Colbrelli
What can’t he do? Had a phenomenal year.
3rd Almeida
Big difference in the opinion of him now versus last year.

Performance of the year.
Roglic at the Olympic TT. Almost no one picked him and many ridiculed the choice saying it was a bad one.

Stage race of the year
only was able to watch Tour, Turkey, Belgium, Paris Roubaix, Worlds, and Vuelta so Tour

Classic race of the year
Paris Roubaix

Stage of the year
Vuelta stage 17

Race of the year (vote for the best of the three above subcategories)
Paris Roubaix

Moment of the year
For me, stage 4 Tour. From the excitement building up to the finish, would they, would they not catch the breakaway, being held up by the crash the previous day, having to miss the finish by a minute because my final started, and frantically looking up the results after the win with just a text from my mom saying “he did it” leaving me wondering who.
 
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Rider of the year: Tadej Pogacar. No comments.

Most improved rider of the year: Could be Colbrelli, Vingegaard, Almeida and others. I'm going with Jasper Philipsen.

Performance of the year: Pogacar in "that" stage at the Tour. Destroyed the entire competition in the biggest race of the year in the space of one hour.

Stage race of the year: T-A
Classic race of the year: P-R
Stage of the year: TDF Stage 8

Race of the year (best of the three subcategories): P-R

Moment of the year: SKA laughing at Pogacar
 
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Rider of the year: Pogacar

Most improved rider: Colbrelli

Performance of the year: Pogacar on stage 8 of TDF for the sheer level of destruction inflicted on his GC rivals, but his win in the Laval TT deserves an honourable mention - in a way it was even more unexpected than the demolition job over Romme and Colombier.

Stage race of the year: Tirreno - Adriatico

Classic race of the year: Strade - Bianche

Stage of the year: Tirreno - Adriatico stage 5.

Race of the year: Strade - Bianche. The who's who of current peloton alone against each other with no helpers left with some 60 km to go on steep unpaved Tuscan hills. Cannot ask for much more as a cycling fan.

Moment of the year: Van der Poel's victory on Mur de Bretagne
 
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Rider of the year: Pogacar, doesn't make me happy but there it is.

Most improved rider of the year: Cavendish

Classic race of the year: Paris Roubaix
Stage of the year: Stage 2, Tdf, MvdP - that hail Mary for yellow was amazing and emotional.

Moment of the year: Again, stage 2 of the Tdf
 
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Rider of the year: Pogačar.
Most improved rider of the year: Roglič (now a long ranger and doesn't fade in the third week)
Performance of the year: Olympic ITT
Stage race of the year: Basque
Classic race of the year: PR
Stage of the year: Each stage on Vuelta where favorites went all in and out of their comfort zone
Race of the year: Vuelta
Moment of the year: Kuss going all in for the second place on a steep climb while smiling to Roglič. Roglič who got bored waiting at the finish line and was already descending.
 
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Rider of the year: Pogačar.
Most improved rider of the year: Roglič (now a long ranger and doesn't fade in the third week)
Performance of the year: Olympic ITT
Stage race of the year: Basque
Classic race of the year: PR
Stage of the year: Each stage on Vuelta where favorites went all in and out of their comfort zone
Race of the year: Vuelta
Moment of the year: Kuss going all in for the second place on a steep climb while smiling to Roglič. Roglič who got bored waiting at the finish line and was already descending.
 
Rider of the year: Pogacar
Most improved rider of the year: Pogacar. He was way more dominant from start to finish this season than last season.
Performance of the year: Alaphilippe in Leuven
Stage race of the year: Tirreno by a landslide
Classic race of the year: Strade
Stage of the year: Rainy, hilly stage in Tirreno won by van der Poel
Race of the year: Strade
Moment of the year: Van der Poel winning for Poulidor
 
Rider of the year
Pogacar
Most improved rider of the year

Cavendish
Performance of the year

Pogacar on Grand-Bornard, was it? Rainy, cold, huge gap to other contenders...?)
Stage race of the year

Tirreno
Classic race of the year

Paris-Roubaix
Stage of the year

Uh, it's always so hard for me to remember such details... that rainy stage in Tirreno.
Race of the year (vote for the best of the three above subcategories)

WC (Although I haven't mentioned it yet. Does it count as a classic? Anyway.)
Moment of the year

I'm torn, there are some...
Martinez motivating Bernal?
Bernal zipping his pink jersey after coming out of the dark?
van der Poel climbing up to the piazza in Siena?
Lopez disappearing from the Vuelta?
Alaphilippe crossing the line in Leuven?
Asgreen attacking again after a stunning solo and winning E3?
Asgreen outsprinting van der Poel to win Flanders?
Everybody looking confused for hours after the Amstel finish?
...
I'm going with
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvPZXSmuQU
 
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