2012 Reader Poll: 99th edition of TDF voted Best Stage Race - CyclingnewsSky-dominated race tops the tally ahead of Giro and Vuelta
This year's Tour de France has been voted the Best Stage Race of 2012 in the Cyclingnews Reader Poll. It's the tenth time the French grand tour has been awarded the top spot. In second place was the Giro d'Italia, won by the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal while the dramatic win by Alberto Contador at the Vuelta a España earned the third-best race of the year.
In what was a historic moment for Great Britain and the Sky Professional team, Bradley Wiggins rolled into Paris in the Maillot Jaune and celebrated his victory by guiding his loyal Sky teammate Mark Cavendish to his fourth win on the Champs-Élysées.
Wiggins became the first Briton to win the overall classification at La Grande Boucle while his Sky team captured second spot on the podium via Chris Froome and six stage wins courtesy of Wiggins (two), Cavendish (three) and Froome (one). Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) finished in third place and appeared to be the sole rider capable of rattling the Sky team.
"I've got to get used to going into the history books now, but I'm just trying to take everything in today first. It's very surreal at the moment because this type of things [usually] happens to other people. You never imagine it happening to yourself," said Wiggins.
1 Tour de France 33.24%
2 Giro d'Italia 27.75%
3 Vuelta a España 23.14%
4 Amgen Tour of California 6.45%
5 USA Pro Cycling Challenge 6.27%
6 Paris-Nice 1.20%
7 Critérium du Dauphiné 0.92%
8 Giro Donne 0.49%
9 Tirreno-Adriatico 0.32%
10 Tour de Romandie 0.23%
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Published: December 20, 2012