VeloVoices Awards 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award

Now is your chance to make your voice heard in our second annual VeloVoices Awards. We’re asking you to select your personal favourites of 2013 across a variety of serious and not-so-serious categories. We’ll publish the final results in the run-up to Christmas.

On Sunday we ran our poll for the Flop of the Year. Today it’s the turn of our nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was won last year by Jens Voigt.

Kitty avatarKathi: It’s Jens Voigt again for me, because 2014 will be his final year (we think). And he’s Jens! Works hard, believes in teamwork, always has something to say on Twitter and always, always, always has time to sign autographs, pose for pictures and graciously and greedily receive homemade cookies from fans.

Panache avatarPanache: My choice is one of awe: Marianne Vos. After a 2012 which saw her win almost everything including Olympic gold, Vos’ 2013 season was bookended by world championship victories in both cyclocross and road. She has won the cyclocross world championships for the last five years in succession (six times in all) and the last two World Championship road races. This year she finally won the Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of the few races to have eluded her. She has netted a whopping 105 professional wins – enough for ten lifetimes – and we might not even have seen her at her best yet.

Vos celebrate her magnificent victory (Image: Panache)

Vos lived up to her nickname as she proved yet again she is the boss of women’s cycling (Image: Panache)

Sheree avatarSheree: I feel that Euskaltel-Euskadi, the peloton’s longest serving and lately departed team, deserves some recognition for the years of entertainment they have given cycling fans, particularly since the advent of Twitter. No more will we see such phrases as #crushedCarrots and #Carrotdown. There will be no more #Carrotcheer for the thousands of Basque fans who line the upper slopes hoping in vain that the first rider to appear will be wearing orange. They’ve been a team who scored great goals rather than a team of great goalscorers and they will surely be sadly missed as everyone’s default favourite team.

Tim avatarTim: An entirely sentimental choice for me: Marco Pinotti. Here is an intelligent, articulate,  interesting and above all clean rider. His career started out at the height of the Armstrong era, and yet he achieved considerable success while retaining a spotless reputation. A six-time Italian national time trial champion – including this year – he was also a formidable all-rounder. His best season was probably 2010, when he finished a career-best ninth at the Giro. More than just a successful rider, he has been a beacon of professionalism and a strong anti-doping advocate. Farewell, Marco.

Marco Pinotti being chased down by the Peloton, Vuelta 2013 stage 7 (Image: Vuelta website)

Pinotti was still on the attack in his final Vuelta (Image: Vuelta website)

Ant avatarAnt: I’m nominating Michele Acquarone. He is going through a tough time at the moment, but Michele has been responsible for bringing us some of the most dramatic and beautiful racing we could hope to see. Not only have he and his team put together some phenomenal parcours, but during the Giro he was prepared to make difficult decisions and adapt the race mid-flow in response to challenging environmental conditions, showing a sensitivity towards rider safety while still keeping the race alive. In addition, his openness over social media is refreshing and uncommon, and really benefits the sport.

Jack avatarJack: David Zabriskie climbed off his bike for the last time in the middle of Il Lombardia. It was an uncharacteristically discreet end to his career, with the American time trial specialist quietly slipping into retirement after his testimony in USADA’s Lance Armstrong case. Zabriskie won the US TT championship five times, finished on the World Championships podium twice, won two grand tour team time trials and took the general classification in the Tour of Missouri in 2009. However the man dubbed ‘Captain America’ will perhaps be best remembered for his ever-amusing idiosyncracies, which saw him establish a reputation as one of the peloton’s more entertaining characters. If there’s one thing Zabriskie wasn’t, it’s boring, and for that, we should all be thankful.

Next: Sartorial Elegance Award.

VeloVoices Awards 2013

Race of the Year

Rider of the Year

Team of the Year

Breakthrough Rider of the Year

Flop of the Year

6 thoughts on “VeloVoices Awards 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award

  1. Annette says:

    Marcus has proved himself over and over as a amazing athlete .a great team man and and an absolutely inspirational bike rider and great input for BMC

  2. atlaz says:

    Doesn’t it just seem a little odd to be suggesting a self-confessed doper for a lifetime achievement award? Irrespective of the palmares that weren’t voided, surely it puts a question mark over his name? Also, is it even possible to give someone TWO lifetime achievement awards?

    • Fair questions, but we don’t set any rules for nominations other than a broad outline of what the category is. Each member of the team interprets this in their own way and makes their own selection. And then we leave it to voters to make their own choices.

      • atlaz says:

        Your website, your rules. Just seems a little odd that Zabriskie is held up as a hero given the context of the times. That said, I’ve also found the Vinokourov love a bit puzzling too for the same reason but the first sentence applies again. 🙂

        (Sorry for the double post. Work acct, delete the other one if you don’t mind 😉 )

        • With six of us on the team, we naturally don’t agree on everything but we encourage rather than discourage our different viewpoints – even though not everyone shares my love of Cav for some bizarre reason! As with all such things, just because a mood is prevailing doesn’t necessarily make it universal – or right, for that matter. As editor, I may not agree with everything everyone writes, but I’ll defend their right to their own opinion.

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