We had a lot of photofinishes this year – and some amazing solo wins – and everything in between. Here are our picks of the best finishes in the men’s pro peloton. Vote now!
Previous winners: 2015 – Peter Sagan, 2015 Worlds; 2016 GP de Denain
Kathi: The first Monument of the season and after 291kms, it came down to a hair. Two World Champions and a rider who will surely wear the rainbows in years to come all came to the line together – and it was glorious! We’d be hearing a lot more from that trio – Peter Sagan, Michal Kwiatkowski and Julian Alaphilippe – all season long.
Stage 20 Vuelta Espana
Kathi: Last dance, last chance for Alberto Contador in the last Grand Tour race of his career. It was the iconic Angliru. With Skyriders Chris Froome and Wout Poels hot on his heels, Contador rode solo through thousands of fans on the mountainside to take an emotional win (his second on Angliru) after a day of high drama. A perfect end to Baby Blackbird’s professional career.
Stage 6 Criterium du Dauphine
Midge: Jakob Fuglsang‘s first WorldTour victory and the day I lost my voice screaming (if I’d known what was to come I might have paced myself). The Dane got away with Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Fabio Aru on the fearsome Mont du Chat climb. The four of them went balls to wall down the infamous twisty descent, swapped attacks all the way to the finish with the stage ending in a 4-up climbers sprint for the line. What a thrilling rip-roarer of a finish!
Panache: When the Shark attacks, there’s not a lot other riders can do – particularly in this race. He had a third place in the Giro, a second spot in the Vuelta and ended on the highest step for the last Monument of 2017.
Men’s Road World Championships
Sheree: Peter Sagan once again showed he is in a league of his own by winning the UCI World Road Championships in a reduced bunch sprint photofinish. After the judges scrutinised the photos, Sagan was declared the winner over home favourite Alexander Kristoff, becoming the first rider in history to win three consecutive elite men’s world road championships and the first to win on three different continents. Suspense was unintentionally hyped when transmission was lost in the last few kilometres, leaving everyone to scream at their TV sets! [Personally, I think those were the most exciting few minutes of the season! – ed] Touchingly, Sagan dedicated his victory to the late Michele Scarponi, whose birthday would have been the following day. He also dedicated it to his wife who was expecting their first child. It was a lovely finish to the season.
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