Vincenzo Nibali's 2014 season, including his dominant winning performance at the Tour de France, captured the hearts and imaginations of Cyclingnews' readers, who chose the 30-year-old Italian as the Best Rider in the 2014 Reader Poll.
Nibali's daring descents and devastating attacks in the mountains, even with previous Tour winners Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Chris Froome (Sky) having abandoned after crashes, raised his cache with Cyclingnews' readers. The Astana team leader's performance on the cobbles during the Tour's stage 5, which readers chose as the Most Memorable Moment of 2014, cemented the Italian national champion's place as a fan favourite.
Nibali knocked Vuelta a España winner Contador from the top spot in the poll by just two percentage points, and he beat World Champion Michal Kwiatowski (Etixx-QuickStep) by 10. La Course by Le Tour de France winner Marianne Vos (Rabobank) was the top-placed woman in the poll, taking fifth with more than eight per cent of the vote.
Astana compiled a short video of Nibali's 2014 season with a personal message to Cyclingnews fans for voting him rider of the year.
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Results - Cyclingnews Rider of the Year
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