This prestigious award is not decided on by mere trifles such as UCI points or pay slips. Like our regular Rider of the Race accolade, this title goes to the rider who has leapt out and grabbed us with his panache, made us laugh, made us cry and most of all made us LOVE this sport.
Previous winners: 2012 – Bradley Wiggins; 2013 – Peter Sagan; 2014 – Michal Kwiatkowski; 2015 – Peter Sagan; 2016 – Peter Sagan; 2017 -Tom Dumoulin
From the pepper spray to champagne celebrations. All the stages from the third week as the Tour de France races from the Pyrenees to the Champs-Élysées.
After three weeks of highs and lows, it all came down to the race of truth to decide the final classification. Would it be stirred or shaken? It was a fitting, nail-biting finish on today’s penultimate stage with a testing, rolling parcours made trickier by partially dry roads but Tom Dumoulin, resplendent in his white world champion’s skinsuit, beat Chris Froome by a single, solitary second to cement his runner’s up spot. Froome rode like a defending champion to dislodge yesterday’s stage winner, a weary Primoz Roglic, from the podium and reclaim his third place. Meanwhile race leader Geraint Thomas, third on the stage, only eased up once he knew the title was in the bag, though we all had our hearts in our throats as he wobbled around a corner en route. That just leaves tomorrow’s largely processionary stage for the GC but a trophy win on the Champs Elysees for one of the few remaining sprinters. Continue reading