Six of the most kick-ass riders of 2018 all nominated by the rather wonderful Lukas Knöfler. And yes, I’m sorry but you can only choose one of them! Vote now, or let us know in the comments if you have another name to throw in the hat.
Previous winners: 2016 – Megan Guarnier; 2017 – Annemiek van Vleuten
The long parcours made for a brutal women’s race. It really did come down to one imperious display, two 40 kilometre rides of distinction and a rainbow podium of three fantastic solo efforts.
Jungels BOB JUNGELS ignited Liege-Bastogne-Liege when he attacked over the Roche-aux-Faucons, and time-trialled his way to his first Monument. The Luxembourg national champion soloed across the line a full 37 seconds ahead of Rusty Woods and Romain Bardet, who’d finally countered in the dying kilometres with the former winning the two-up sprint.
History repeated itself as Olympic champion and women’s WorldTour leader Anna van der Breggen took back-to-back victories in the women’s race, completing another clean sweep in the Ardennes classics. She caught and passed breakaway rider Amanda Spratt in the final kilometres to take a solo victory. Spratt finished second while her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten rounded out the podium.