Let the accolades begin. Philippe Gilbert, who enjoyed a spectacular season, was named as the annual winner of the Vélo d’Or prize awarded by the French-language Vélo Magazine.
Considered one of the most prestigious prizes in cycling, Gilbert was the run-away winner of the annual trophy. A jury of international journalists voted for Gilbert, with 89 points. Tour de France winner Cadel Evans was second with 73 points and world champion Mark Cavendish was third with 54.
In other categories, Thomas Voeckler won the French prize after his spectacular season capped by fourth overall at the Tour de France.
The Vélo d’Or Espoirs went to Peter Sagan, just one point ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen.