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Sagan wins Best Male Road Rider in 2015 Cyclingnews Reader Poll

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Peter Sagan went for the casual look at the gala

Peter Sagan went for the casual look at the gala (Image credit: Bettini)
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Peter Sagan jumps off his bike and high-fives half the peloton after winning the World Championships

Peter Sagan jumps off his bike and high-fives half the peloton after winning the World Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Huge crowds lined up to see Peter Sagan and others in the Profronde van Lommel

Huge crowds lined up to see Peter Sagan and others in the Profronde van Lommel
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The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race

The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan fans with a big picture of his face

Peter Sagan fans with a big picture of his face (Image credit: Getty Images)

Cyclingnews’ readers have chosen world champion Peter Sagan as the Male Road Rider of the Year in our annual poll. The 25-year-old Slovakian dominated the contest, pulling in 50 per cent of the votes among the 10 nominees.

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, who rode consistently well throughout 2015, piling up wins from January through September, was second to Sagan with 12 per cent of the vote. Valverde won Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He was also second at Amstel Gold, third at Strade Bianche and second overall at Volta Catalunya before finishing third at the Tour de France. Team Sky's Chris Froome, who won his second Tour de France in 2015, was third in the voting, grabbing 11 per cent of the ballots.

Sagan’s inaugural season with Tinkoff-Saxo got off to a slow start, as he admits in his video message to the voters, with his quest for a major one-day win falling to mechanicals, tactical miscues and just plain bad luck. But the plucky rider with the gregarious attitude fought through the adversity to claim his fourth Tour de France green jersey before taking the biggest win of his career at the Richmond World Championships.

Sagan also took two stages and the overall at the Tour of California, two stages at Tour de Suisse and a stage at the Vuelta a Espana before he was knocked out of that race by an errant motorbike.

The narrative throughout Sagan's early season was a string of near misses and second-place finishes, causing team owner Oleg Tinkov to publicly criticize him in May.

“It was a very hard year, very difficult for me from the start of the season, but after the wheels turning,” Sagan said. “I am very happy to be here now with this [rainbow] jersey.”

Sagan concludes his video message by thanking his teammates, of course, and saying he looks forward to connecting with more fans out on the roads next year. 

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Results

Male Road Rider of the Year
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Saxo50%
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team12
3Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky11
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha6
5John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin6
6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo4
7Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team3
8Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3
9Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky2
10Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx-QuickStep1
11Other1