New names scoring a maiden win. Familiar names making a mark in their first Grand Tour or stepping up their game from their first. Whatever the reason, these are the young guns that have forced their way into the minds of the VeloVoices. Let us know if we haven’t included yours and VOTE NOW!
Previous winners: 2012 – Taylor Phinney; 2013 – Nairo Quintana; 2014 – Michal Kwiatkowski; 2015 – Esteban Chaves; 2016 – Adam Yates & Leah Kirchmann; 2017- Coryn Rivera
The favourites lists ahead of this year’s Vuelta a Espana were long and varied. It’s fair to say the name of Enric Mas did not appear on many of them. Yet the 23-year-old Spaniard nailed a career-best result in only his second Grand Tour. How the hell did he manage that?
The final mountain stage – six categorised climbs including an HC summit finish – and only two riders in the top 10 finished in the place they had started the race in. Yes, Stage 20 was the Vuelta’s version of musical chairs and it was a fitting end to a surprising, spicy and most of all well-fought Grand Tour.