It was an exciting season of racing for the women's peloton that saw Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) open it up with an overall victory at the Tour de San Luis in January and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla) close it down with a win at 94.7 Cycle Challenge in November.
In between there were nail-biting battles for glory during top-level stage races such as Anna van der Breggen's (Rabo-Liv) overall win at the Giro Rosa, Lisa Brennauer's (Velocio-SRAM) title-winning performance at the Aviva Women's Tour, and her teammate Trixi Worrack's win at the Tour of California Women's Race, among many others.
There was also a back-and-fourth wrestle for the overall jersey throughout the 10 World Cups between Jolien D'hoore (Wiggle-Honda), van der Breggen and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans).
In the end, Armitstead took the World Cup series victory for a second year running and then capped off a successful season as the winner of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, bringing home her first rainbow jersey.
Enjoy our selection of images for the best of women's racing in 2015 gallery.
Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.
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