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Chris Froome wins Cyclingnews Rider of the Year in 2017 Reader Poll

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Chris Froome celebrates on the podium after winning the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a Espana in 2017.

Chris Froome celebrates on the podium after winning the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a Espana in 2017.
(Image credit: Michael Aisner)
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Christopher Froome (Team Sky) checks over his shoulder

Christopher Froome (Team Sky) checks over his shoulder
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) announces he will compete in the 2018 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) announces he will compete in the 2018 Giro d'Italia
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All smiles from Chris Froome after the Sky captain collected another red jersey

All smiles from Chris Froome after the Sky captain collected another red jersey
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Tour de France winner Chris Froome flanked by runner-up Rigoberto Urán and third-placed Romain Bardet

Tour de France winner Chris Froome flanked by runner-up Rigoberto Urán and third-placed Romain Bardet
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When it comes to Cyclingnews' Rider of the Year, the voting is sometimes as much of a popularity contest as it is a reflection of a rider's results. This year, the two coincide with the selection of Team Sky's Chris Froome to the honour, who took 30 per cent of the vote. Triple world champion Peter Sagan took second place with 27 per cent of the votes and Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin rounded out the podium with 17 per cent. 

It's hard to argue against Froome winning this category, although he missed out on topping the rolling UCI rankings to Greg Van Avermaet, he cemented his place in history with back-to-back Grand Tour victories.

Froome not only became the first rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in the same year since the Spanish Grand Tour's move from April in 1995, he won two stages of the Vuelta and two bronze medals at the World Championships.

The Briton has also set himself on track to join record holders Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx in winning three consecutive Grand Tours when he starts the Giro d'Italia next May.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Froome6096Votes
2Peter Sagan5529
3Tom Dumoulin3478
4Greg Van Avermaet1283
5Michal Kwiatkoswki1094
6Annamiek van Vleuten759
7Anna van der Breggen614
8Alejandro Valverde513
9Philippe Gilbert488
10Coryn Rivera289
11Chantal Blaak157
12Jolien D'Hoore46