Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women) has won the vote for female rider of the year in the Cyclingnews Reader Poll for the fourth year running, beating Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. It was yet another commanding performance from Vos, who took a whopping 60 per cent of the vote.
Vos endured much more competition from her rivals this season but she still ended the year with some 30 victories including her seventh world cyclo-cross title. Vos led a Rabo Liv 1-2-3-4 at the Giro Rosa, claiming four stage wins along the way, and won the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France and The Women’s Tour. There were some struggles for Vos as she finished off the podium for the first time at the World Championships.
With just over eight per cent of the votes, Armistead was Vos’ closest rival in the poll. Armitstead enjoyed one of her most successful seasons to date, claiming overall victory in the World Cup and taking gold at the Commonwealth Games. Newly crowned world champion Ferrand-Prévot rounded out the top three positions. On top of the rainbow stripes, the 22-year-old won national titles in cyclo-cross, mountain biking, time trialling and in the road race.
Results - Female Rider of the Year
|9||Elisa Longo Borghini||1.74%|
|10||Anna van der Breggen||1.54%|