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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
2012 was past his prime Boonen anyways. Super impressive, no doubt, but with Cancellara out the competition was definitely a bit shaky. Actually, I barely remember Tommeke in his prime (2005-2006?), what I remember about him is the Roubaixs he won in the late 00's where he probably also was in his prime, I dno, but probably not as good as he was in those two years? I wonder what he could have done in those two Flanders that Stijn won, I have always felt a bit meh about those.
 
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2012 was past his prime Boonen anyways. Super impressive, no doubt, but with Cancellara out the competition was definitely a bit shaky. Actually, I barely remember Tommeke in his prime (2005-2006?), what I remember about him is the Roubaixs he won in the late 00's where he probably also was in his prime, I dno, but probably not as good as he was in those two years? I wonder what he could have done in those two Flanders that Stijn won, I have always felt a bit meh about those.
Mentioning P-R, his 2nd place debut still appears as the most crystal clear to my memory than every of his victories in this race. By the time rooting so much for Big George in a race where he finally seemed to have a winning chance, then the race really delivering its fate, then rooting for the upcomer and out-of-body experience as if it was my first bike race watch as a kid in the 70ies.
 
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Going to be the hardest choice ever if Vingegaard wins the Vuelta. If not, it would be a crime not to give it to Van der Poel after today.
If Vingegaard wins it, then I guess he will win it, otherwise I agree, it would be a crime not to give it to Van Der Poel.
Even if Roglic wins Vuelta (which I would like very much), I would give it to Mathieu.

Edit: By the way, I was the 1st vote for him in this poll.
 
I think Flanders, Sanremo and World's should be enough for Mathieu.

Don't forget Lombardia.

If one of the riders who has currently won a GT this season doubles with the Vuelta + Lombardia, then VdP's exploits (as great as they are) won't quite match them.

But I can see after today how VdP has scored some points, especially with the manner of his win (huge gap + crash for extra epic factor).
 
Don't forget Lombardia.

If one of the riders who has currently won a GT this season doubles with the Vuelta + Lombardia, then VdP's exploits (as great as they are) won't quite match them.

But I can see after today how VdP has scored some points, especially with the manner of his win (huge gap + crash for extra epic factor).
I somehow doubt that Remco will ride Lombardia. He started his season already in San Juan. And Jonas and Primož will probably also opt for some family time after two grand tours.
 
I somehow doubt that Remco will ride Lombardia. He started his season already in San Juan. And Jonas and Primož will probably also opt for some family time after two grand tours.

I had Vingegaard & Rogla in mind tbh.

Giro + Vuelta + Lombardia would be crazy (ditto Tour + Vuelta + Lombardia). And I expect both Vinge & Rog to race Lombardia, as per usual (Rog only missed it last season due to his Vuelta injuries).
 
Likely down to Mathieu and Jonas. I'm not sure Pog or Remco can quite get there with what's remaining. For me, Roglic would have to win the Vuelta and Lombardia and I'm not sure if he's racing GdL as he seems to have foregone one day races lately despite being really good at them .
 
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As a classic man, it's hard to do better than he did :
On the 6 biggests one day events, three wins and one second place.
Only thing VDP has against him is no results in "medium" races. (GT stages, WT stages, WT classics), but he still has 2nd in E3.
Admittedly minor considerations in this conversation but he also picked up one stage race GC and piloted his sprinter to the Green jersey and the most wins among sprinters this year.
 
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Then probably. But I would expect MvdP to get it Vingegaard "only" wins the Vuelta. His big wins were all spectacular, he's more popular, etc. Also CX WC and maybe some MTB results.

Roglic is never gonna get it even if he wins Vuelta + Lombardia.

If Roglič gets the Vuelta + Lombardia, it's one of the greatest individual seasons ever (especially if he keeps a 100% win rate for the rest of the year).

I mean... it would become a conversation IMO. It would be San Remo + Roubaix + Worlds versus Giro + Vuelta + Lombardia.

And is everyone forgetting the Tour de France already? I mean sure what VdP does in one day races is just 'the best' there is in pro cycling in terms of one day racing, but what Vingegaard does in a GT is also crazy.
 
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I am ideologically opposed to riders getting the Velo D'Or specifically for TDF results. Always been biased that way.

It could be argued one day specialists have become the new bias of cycling followers.

It's just hard for me to reconcile Van der Poel with 'best rider of the year' after his TdF in which he did one job only: enforcer for Philipsen.

Don't get me wrong & I don't say this to be controversial or argue with anyone because VdP really is a phenomenal champion, no question, it's just he barely existed in the Tour. I have a personal bias towards GT specialists, I admit, but I think stage races in general (including one week races) get pretty hard done by cycling press & followers versus the razzmatazz of a one day showdown like the Glasgow Worlds.
 
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