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Velo d’Or 2023

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Who will win?

  • MVDP

    Votes: 63 37.3%
  • Vingo

    Votes: 26 15.4%
  • Roglic

    Votes: 13 7.7%
  • Pog

    Votes: 56 33.1%
  • Remco

    Votes: 5 3.0%
  • It's over. It absolutely, positively, definitely has to be MVDP

    Votes: 3 1.8%
  • Ok, they gave it to Cringegard, like I give a ***

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Froome

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rackham

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Netserk

    Votes: 1 0.6%

  • Total voters
    169
In 2019, Bernal won the Tour, Suisse and Paris-Nice, and that was pretty much it. In 2023, Vingegaard has won the Tour, the Dauphiné and Itzulia, and that is also pretty much it so far. Yes, Vingegaard's Tour win was more empathic, but then again Van der Poel has probably already had a better season than Alaphilippe did in 2019 to win it so that would suggest a world title would definitely swing it his way (provided Vingegaard doesn't win the Vuelta).
It's not like Boonen won in 2012 or Cancellara in 2013 or Degenkolb in 2015. The latter two didn't even get top 3.

Alaphilippe winning in 2019 and getting 3rd in 2018 was pure comedy. As are Van Aerts 3rd and 2nd in 2021 and 2022. Cancellara also got mad overrated by Velo d'Or for a while, but I guess those years don't even matter anymore. Like Di Luca winning LBL + Giro in 2007 didn't get top 3.
 
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Someone should create the opposite of the Vélo d'Or, like Hollywood's Razzies equivalent in cycling.

"And the award for worst overall rider of the year goes to..."

I bet some guys on fat wages diddling themselves at the back of the bunch (no names) might find it to be an incentive to pull their finger out & do something.

And with regards to the Vélo d'Or 2024, this will be the very first year there's an associated ceremony for the award (i.e. the day before the route for the TdF 2024 is revealed): https://www.lequipe.fr/Medias/Actua...-du-velo-d-or-aura-lieu-le-24-octobre/1408782
 
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In 2019, Bernal won the Tour, Suisse and Paris-Nice, and that was pretty much it. In 2023, Vingegaard has won the Tour, the Dauphiné and Itzulia, and that is also pretty much it so far. Yes, Vingegaard's Tour win was more empathic, but then again Van der Poel has probably already had a better season than Alaphilippe did in 2019 to win it so that would suggest a world title would definitely swing it his way (provided Vingegaard doesn't win the Vuelta).
I think calling Vingegaard's Tour 'more emphatic' than Bernal's is kind of an understatement. Vingegaard's win makes Bernal's look almost like a Dauphiné in comparison. And Vingegaard still has a good chance of adding to his palmares this season.
And while Van der Poel may have had a better season than Alaphilippe (I'm not too sure), Alaphilippe is a French rider who gave the illusion of nearly winning the Tour, which I imagine counts for a lot.
 
Someone should create the opposite of the Vélo d'Or, like Hollywood's Razzies equivalent in cycling.

"And the award for worst overall rider of the year goes to..."

I bet some guys on fat wages diddling themselves at the back of the bunch (no names) might find it to be an incentive to pull their finger out & do something.

And with regards to the Vélo d'Or 2024, this will be the very first year there's an associated ceremony for the award (i.e. the day before the route for the TdF 2024 is revealed): https://www.lequipe.fr/Medias/Actua...-du-velo-d-or-aura-lieu-le-24-octobre/1408782
Nobody wants to see an event dominated by Froome ever again
 
If Remco wins the Vuelta, the award is his for the second straight year

He'd have a GT
a monument
a classic
a week long WT stage race
2 stage wins at the giro
2 stages wins and 2nd overall at Catalyuna
1 stage win and a 3rd overall at Suisse

not to mention any worlds results

It'll be Vingegaard.

Simply based on his insane peak in the TdF. His 7 minute gap over Pog is something we've not seen in a very long time & pretty much dwarfs all other performances this year.

As a Roglič fan I'd like to say he'd be in contention if he wins the Vuelta but I somehow doubt it. And considering there's an actual award ceremony this year right on the eve of the Tour 2024 presentation, I read it as a simple 2+2= "the prize goes to the Tour champion".

So it'll be Jonas V.
 
I assume if Ving or Rog (chances are high) wins the Vuelta, they take it home. 2 GT and 2 smaller stage races should triumph most other combinations.

I think the classics Pog did put him on top of where we are now. But he doesn't really have a plan as of yet.. and not planned for WC or Vuelta. Il lombardia might give him the edge if Ving/rog/vdp miss it.

MVDP: if he takes WC RR and Ving/Rog don't take the vuelta he has the highest chance of the others.

the 2 who will need multiple wins:
Remco: Vuelta + WC RR or WC ITT or Lombardia.
WVA: WC RR and WC ITT and GP montreal or GP Quebec. (and the other missed all the goals above :D)
Pogacar as it stands now.

Looking at this made me notice that Roglic has won every race he's done this year but he's only participated in 3 races.

There's a decent chance the Vuelta, Worlds, and Lombardia could all be won by guys in the running so there are a bunch of ways it could shake out,

What if:
Roglic wins Vuelta
Pogacar wins Lombardia and a couple of those one days before GdL
Vingegaard finishes 2nd at the Vuelta
MVDP wins Worlds

Or a similar scenario but instead Remco wins the Vuelta and Lombardia? Obviously these are just two scenarios but it should be interesting.
 
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If Remco wins the Vuelta, the award is his for the second straight year

He'd have a GT
a monument
a classic
a week long WT stage race
2 stage wins at the giro
2 stages wins and 2nd overall at Catalyuna
1 stage win and a 3rd overall at Suisse

not to mention any worlds results
Yeah, I don't know about that. It would depend on how the other 3 fared in the remainder of the season.

Edit: other 4
 
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It'll be Vingegaard.

Simply based on his insane peak in the TdF. His 7 minute gap over Pog is something we've not seen in a very long time & pretty much dwarfs all other performances this year.

As a Roglič fan I'd like to say he'd be in contention if he wins the Vuelta but I somehow doubt it. And considering there's an actual award ceremony this year right on the eve of the Tour 2024 presentation, I read it as a simple 2+2= "the prize goes to the Tour champion".

So it'll be Jonas V.

a TDF is not enough these days. Vingegaard was not even a finalist last year.

He needs a Vuelta win or several major wins
 
Itzulia, Dauphiné & Tour de France. All won in demolishing fashion.

I've not seen that in a very long time. So this year, IMO it'll be Vingegaard.
If Roglic wins Vuelta, it will be also something we didn't see in a very long time, Giro-Vuelta double plus Tirreno and Catalunya, he would win every race he entered.

If Van Der Poel wins Worlds it will also be something we didn't see in a long time, 2 monuments + WC. Last time someone did that it gave him Velo d'Or, in front of a 7th-time Tour de France winner.

If Remco wins Vuelta and worlds TT for example, he would make a strong case also.

If Vingegaard wins Vuelta it's a done deal.

Pogacar doesn't stand a chance imo, only big race he will ride is Lombardia (the smallest of the big races), and even if he wins, it won't give him the Velo.
 
It’s currently wide open when you remember that last year Remco won it and his two biggest wins came in races yet to take place this season.

MVDP currently the front runner for me with 2 monuments in the bag, a 2nd place in a hugely memorable edition of RVV and the marginal favourite to win the Worlds.

All those mentioned in the OP are highly plausible winners with very winnable big targets to come.

For the Womens award Vollering the clear favourite but Kopecky winning the Worlds could change that.