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Velo Magazine — December 2013

International Cyclist of the Year Chris Froome is our coverboy for the 26th annual Velo Awards Issue

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The 2013 season was full of phenomenal performances, but as always, a handful of riders emerged as the best in the world. Velo recognizes these riders in the 26th annual Awards Issue, featuring the top cyclists in international road, domestic road, mountain bike, and cyclocross.

The issue starts off by honoring American cyclocross racer Amy Dombroski, one of the most beloved riders in both the American and European racing scenes. Dombroski was killed in a collision with an automobile in October and the cycling community is still recovering from its loss.

In VeloNotes, Steve Maxwell breaks down the manner in which cycling teams are scored. Methods in use by both the UCI and have their merits, but are there some aspects of cycling that are impossible to quantify?

On to our awards. …

In many ways, the sport exhaled in 2013, a year that followed the Olympic Games and the damaging U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reasoned decision on the U.S Postal Service investigation. Still, the 2013 season wasn’t without its memories. Some were a continuation of years past — Fabian Cancellara winning on the cobblestones, Peter Sagan and Marianne Vos winning, well, just about everywhere. Other images were new, like Chris Froome in the maillot jaune, and Marcel Kittel beating Mark Cavendish on the Champs Élysées. But perhaps the memories that stand out the most were those that were most unexpected, such as Rui Costa’s tears in the rainbow jersey in Florence, Italy, or Chris Horner sealing his first grand tour victory in the fog atop Alto de l’Angliru, at age 41.

All those stories are captured in our 26th annual Awards Issue. And while most of our choices will be kept a secret for our subscribers and newsstand readers, there’s at least one that is impossible to contain: After displaying perfect form at the Tour, in addition to his four other overall wins, Froome earned our most prestigious award, International Cyclist of the Year.

Our International Woman of the Year was, once again, Vos, who, for a second consecutive year, took world titles in both cyclocross and road racing.

Domestic road titles were hotly contested. Look through our complete awards section to find out who took the awards (and why) for men’s and women’s domestic rider of the year, as well as climber of the year, breakthrough rider of the year, sprinter of the year, and more.

Velo awards more than just the riders — see what we picked for the biggest upset, best ride, and most dramatic days of racing in the 2013 season.

And because racing boils down to more than just the riders, check out our tech awards to learn more about the technological game-changers that were launched this year.

Because the holiday season will be soon upon us, included in this issue is Velo’s Holiday Gift Guide, which includes some great gift ideas for the cyclist on your list — even if that’s you.

Flip all the way to At the Back for the 2013 Wuori Awards, where regular back-page columnist Dan Wuori applauds the bizarre and hilarious cycling world happenings of 2013.

All this and more in Velo’s 26th annual Awards Issue, available on newsstands November 19 or in the Apple iTunes store.