VeloVoices Awards 2014: Race of the Year

On the blog, on the podcast, on Twitter and anywhere else anyone will listen to us, we’ve been discussing our thoughts on the 2014 season throughout the year. Now it’s time to make your voices heard as we open the voting for the third annual VeloVoices Awards. Over the next couple of weeks we’re asking you to name your selections across a variety of serious and not-so-serious categories.

We’ll publish the final results in the run-up to Christmas, but today we’re kicking off with our nominations for the Race of the Year.

Previous winners – 2013: Vuelta a Espana stage six (Tony Martin’s solo break that fell just short).

Ant avatarAnt: I particularly loved La Course. This was a punchy, full-blooded race, which epitomised the kind of excitement which got me into cycling in the first place. The footage from Marianne Vos’ onboard cam was just electric! It was also an important step in the right direction for women’s cycling,and needs to be followed up.

Jack avatarJack: Michal Kwiatkowski winning the Worlds men’s road race. The ideal World Championships road race parcours would look something like the one used in Ponferrada for this year’s race. The endless undulations made it nigh-on impossible for even the strong Spanish team to dominate, meaning that for the second year in a row we had a brave puncheur from a relatively small cycling nation give the favourites the slip.

Kitty avatarKathi: Fabian Cancellara winning his third Tour of Flanders – and second in a row – in a full-on sprint. Fabs was in perfect form but couldn’t shake off a group of three. So he risked it all with a proper sprint. And won.

Midge Tremayne avatarMidge: Tour de France stage five over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. I was giddy with anticipation and excitement, mixed with a large dose of trepidation when I saw the weather. All sorts of images flash through my head now. Froome’s untimely exit, Alberto’s face, a ravaged peloton of wide-eyed, mud-strewn riders. Lars Boom took a fantastic win, but my abiding memory is of Nibali, Westra and Fuglsang mastering the pavé with aplomb, and putting two minutes into their main rivals.

Panache avatarPanache: Dan Martin winning Il Lombardia. The Irishman had crashed on the final corner in 2013, conjuring a curse of misery that saw him crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, in the opening team time trial at the Giro, at the Vuelta and then again at last at the Worlds. He won in an uncharacteristic way attacking a large field in the closing moments and it was great to see his luck completely reverse.

Sheree avatarSheree: Alberto Contador and Chris Froome went mano a mano on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana. On the final climb, Froome attacked and only Contador was able to follow before lighting the afterburners 800 metres from the line to win by 15 seconds. Game, set and Vuelta atop La Farrapona.

Tim avatarTim: Giro d’Italia stage 16. Otherwise known as the day Nairo Quintana won the Giro. Biblical weather. Three epic climbs. A controversy over race neutralisation. And at the end of it, an incredible individual ride that turned the Giro on its head and put Quintana into the pink jersey for good.

Let us know your choice and the reasons for it – or if we have missed out your personal favourite – in the comments below.

Polls will close at 1200 GMT (UK time) on Friday 12th December.

Next: Rider of the Year

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6 thoughts on “VeloVoices Awards 2014: Race of the Year

  1. Mette-Tine Bodholt says:

    For me there is no doubt. The Giro is the greatest race of the year. It gives me every kind of emotions, best and worst, but that’s how my love for cycling plays, and it makes me feel more connected to the sport, the teams and the riders more than any other race. When it ends I feel abandoned and miss it very much.

  2. Not taking anything away from La Course (which was amazeballs) and its significance for women’s cycling, but I do miss my absolute favourite race from 2014 – The Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain. That race, in a way even more than La Course, showed women’s cycling to a wider public, and it did it (kind of) on its own being scheduled so far ahead of the men’s equivalent. I loved every second of that I was able to see of that race through a, shall we say, slightly greyish feed. I loved that the race brought out so many spectators in less than ideal weather conditions and I love that the success of the race was a virtual ‘I told you so!’ to the sponsors that abandoned the race organisation as it was ‘just women’s cycling that will bring little or no attention to our brands’.

    Now, having gone on that rant, I will cast my vote on La Course because that too was totally amazing, highlighting the attacky race style of the women’s peloton. 🙂

  3. This is bloomin’ hard! I voted with Sheree for La Vuelta, the Contador/Froome battle which was incredible, but also loved the Women’s Tour of Britain… and then after all that, how can we not mention Yorkshire? The best start ever! However, the vote goes, it’s been another phenomenal year for our wonderful sport, brilliant!:-)

  4. Jon says:

    Tough choice between Giro:16 and TDF:5 for me. Think I will go with the Tour stage 5 after the slight controversy surrounding the Movistar teams attack on the so called neutralised decent in the giro

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