We put our 9 riders for 2019 on the BikeRadar forum back in February and with the season now over we thought it might be time to have a look at how they did.
Where they were hits, boy were they hits, but when they missed….
Poor year for the former Giro winner who crashed in that race early on before missing the Tour de France. Made the move to Jumbo-Visma for 2020.
Was present in a number of classics before getting in the frame as a potential worlds winner with his brilliant solo attack to win the GP Wallonie in Namur the week before the Rainbow bands were decided.
Really poor year from Bob who was present in the cobbled classics without being too prominent. Only really saw him in Lombardia after that.
Fabulous first season for a rider who showed in Columbia back in the Northern winter before some semi classic action.
His season ignited with a Classica San Sebastian win the week after the Tour de France.
Not seen all year. Really sad for our hero…
Inspired pick if I say so myself. Won the Tour de France and an Italian semi classic. It will be interesting to see how he works with Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome next year.
Thomas De Gendt
Wonderful solo attack in the Volta a Catalunya which he proved was no fluke by holding off the combined forces of Julian Alaphillipe in Thibaut Pinot in the Tour de France for a memorable stage win.
Surprisingly quiet year for Gallopin who did at least end it on a high by being prominent in Paris Tours on the final weekend of the European season.
Mathieu Van der Poel
Started the season on fire with form from the Cyclo Cross campaign he’d dominated.
He ended up in a flower bed in the Tour of Flanders before getting back to the lead group, a memorable ride. Followed that up with arguably the ride of the year in winning the Amstel Gold.
Dominated the Tour of Britain, but couldn’t quite hold on to win the Worlds in Yorkshire.