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Tour de France wins best stage race in 2016 Cyclingnews reader poll

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Chris Froome (Sky) tries to sprint against Peter Sagan

Chris Froome (Sky) tries to sprint against Peter Sagan
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Chris Froome celebrates with his Team Sky teammates on the final Tour de France stage

Chris Froome celebrates with his Team Sky teammates on the final Tour de France stage
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The sprinters bear down on the line during stage 6 of the Tour de France.

The sprinters bear down on the line during stage 6 of the Tour de France.
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2016 Giro d'Italia podium: Estaban Chaves (Orica), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

2016 Giro d'Italia podium: Estaban Chaves (Orica), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) sealed the overall Vuelta win

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) sealed the overall Vuelta win
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Cycling's biggest stage race also proved the most popular among Cyclingnews readers in 2016. The Tour de France has been voted the best stage race of the year in the Cyclingnews Reader Poll.

By the end of the second week of the race, the 2016 Tour de France was no longer a particularly close contest, but the Grand Tour managed to thrill throughout regardless of the picture atop the overall leaderboard. Indeed, readers' top three moments of the season all came from Tour de France.

Sky's Chris Froome wasn't exactly a surprise winner, but his riding style – as well as a spur-of-the-moment decision to put his running chops on display on the slopes of Mont Ventoux – helped make the race plenty exciting anyway. Peter Sagan's fifth consecutive green jersey, Mark Cavendish's return to sprinting dominance, a collection of scrappy rides off the front of the bunch in the third week from breakaway connoisseurs like Rafal Majka and Jarlinson Pantano, and promising performances from youngsters like Romain Bardet and Adam Yates probably didn't hurt either.

The season's other two Grand Tours gave the French race a run for its money, however, with Vincenzo Nibali's stunning come-from-behind maglia rosa bid helping make the Giro a relatively close second. The Vuelta, offering the compelling showdown between Froome and Nairo Quintana that many had hoped to see at the Tour de France, took the third spot, with the rest of the stage racing calendar finishing well behind the trio of three-week events in the poll.

Results

#RaceResult
1Tour de France6252votes
2Giro d'Italia5267
3Vuelta a España3734
4Paris-Nice713
5Critérium du Dauphiné290
6Eneco Tour221
7Vuelta País Vasco185
8Tour de Suisse117
9Volta a Catalunya113
10Other86
11Tour de Romandie85