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Sagan tops Most Memorable Moment of 2015 in Cyclingnews Reader Poll

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Peter Sagan wins the UCI World Championship Road Race in Richmond.

Peter Sagan wins the UCI World Championship Road Race in Richmond.
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Peter Sagan recovers at the top of Mt. Baldy during the 2015 Tour of California.

Peter Sagan recovers at the top of Mt. Baldy during the 2015 Tour of California.
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Peter Sagan suffers during the climb of Mt. Baldy during the 2015 Tour of California.

Peter Sagan suffers during the climb of Mt. Baldy during the 2015 Tour of California.
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Peter Sagan stands in front of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena after winning the 2015 Tour of California

Peter Sagan stands in front of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena after winning the 2015 Tour of California
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Peter Sagan solos toward the win at the World Championship Road Race in Richmond.

Peter Sagan solos toward the win at the World Championship Road Race in Richmond.
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Peter Sagan takes a bite of his gold medal at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.

Peter Sagan takes a bite of his gold medal at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) claimed 52 percent of the voting for the Most Memorable Moment of 2015 in the Cyclingnews Reader Poll, taking the top two spots in the category with his daring ride in Richmond to win the World Championship road race and his stunning ride up Mt. Baldy to put himself in position to win the overall at the Tour of California on the final day.

Sagan's daring attack on Libby Hill in Richmond and his solo ride over 23rd Street up through the finishing straight, barely holding off the quickly closing peloton, captured the imagination of Cyclingnews' readers in the 2015 poll. The Slovakian's journey to the rainbow stripes earned 41 percent of the vote. His stunning ride up Mt. Baldy during California's Queen stage, where he surrendered the leader's jersey to Etixx-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe but finished close enough to take back the final yellow jersey the next day in Pasadena, earned 11 percent of the total votes.

Steven Cummings' win during stage 14 of the Tour de France from Rodez to Mende marked the first-ever win in the French Grand Tour of MTN-Qhubeka and was the first non-Sagan moment to make the Readers Poll, coming in third with nine percent of the voting.

Reader's picked Fabio Aru's cracking of Tom Dumoulin during the Vuelta's final day as the fourth-best moment of the year. The Italian Astana rider held off a hard charge from Dutchman Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) throughout the race and then put the final knife in him in dramatic fashion to take his first-ever Grand Tour win.

Ironically, readers picked Alberto Contador's cracking of challenger Aru on the Mortirolo during stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia as the fifth most memorable moment of the year. The Spanish Grand Tour veteran punctured at a crucial juncture of the stage and was forced into a frantic chase as Katusha and Astana pushed the pace up front. Contador had to claw his way back up to the leaders alone on the mighty Mortirolo. Once that was complete, Contador then dropped Fabio Aru (Astana) 6km shy of the summit to cement his lead in the Italian Grand Tour.

Contador's Mortirolo ride was followed in the reader poll by Chris Froome's Stage 10 Tour de France romp, Taylor Phinney's comeback from injury with a win during the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge, John Degenkolb's Paris-Roubaix win, Lizzie Armitstead's World Championship ride and Vincenzo Nibali's expulsion from the Vuleta a Espana for holding onto a team car.

Results

Most Memorable Moment of 2015
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan's win at Worlds41%
2Peter Sagan's ride up Mt. Baldy and Tour of California win11
3Steven Cumming's first TDF win for MTN-Qhubeka9
4Fabio Aru cracking Tom Dumoulin on the Vuelta's final day7
5Alberto Contador cracking Fabio Aru on the Mortirolo7
6Chris Froome's Stage 10 TDF romp6
7Taylor Phinney comes back with Stage 1 win at USA Pro Challenge6
8John Degenkolb's Paris-Roubaix win5
9Lizzie Armitstead's Worlds win4
10Vincenzo Nibali's eviction from the Vuelta3
11Other1