Rider of the Month: March

27 Mar 2017

Rider of the Month: March

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March started in style - and just kept getting better. With a number of brilliant individual performances, who was voted our Rider of the Month?

Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo... What a month. Add in a stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico and we can't remember a better March for the team.

Michal Kwiatkowski was named Rider of the Month with an impressive 65% of the vote. Check out the nominees below.

Sergio Henao

On the final day at Paris-Nice it looked like Sergio Henao’s dreams of winning the Race to the Sun were all but over. With Alberto Contador over a minute up the road midway through the dramatic last stage, the new Colombian national champion was battling hard, but facing an uphill battle to keep the yellow jersey. And yet he kept riding, pulling the second group on the road, and in the end it came down to mere seconds - two, to be precise. Henao emerged victorious in the most thrilling of circumstances, claiming our fifth Paris-Nice title in six years - and the biggest win of his career.
Sergio's Paris-Nice win will live long in the memory

Sergio's Paris-Nice win will live long in the memory

Michal Kwiatkowski

If you’d have sat Michal Kwiatkowski down at the start of March and told him that he would win Strade Bianche and two weeks later claim his first Milan-San Remo crown you sense he’d have struggled to believe you. And yet, having won Strade Bianche with a devastating solo attack 14 kilometres from the finish, the Pole started La Primavera as one of the big favourites. He followed Peter Sagan’s attack on the famed Poggio and rode the closing stages perfectly, before out-sprinting the world champion by less than a wheel on the Via Roma. It capped a stunning fortnight for a man clearly back to his very best.
Strade Bianche and San Remo: not a bad March for Kwiato

Strade Bianche and San Remo: not a bad March for Kwiato

Geraint Thomas

Fresh from a long training camp in South Africa with Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas was happy to admit he had no idea what his form would be like at Tirreno-Adriatico. When he attacked in the closing stages of the rolling stage two, he had his answer: very, very good indeed. The Welshman distanced his three breakaway companions and waved goodbye to the peloton, staying clear to win by a handful of seconds. But, arguably even more encouraging, was G’s ride on the race’s queen stage, on the gruelling La Terminillo. He finished second, just 18 seconds back on stage winner Nairo Quintana, beating a number of big names in the process. Bring on the Giro.
G enjoyed an encouraging Tirreno-Adriatico

G enjoyed an encouraging Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani

Amidst the celebrations of Michal Kwiatkowski’s brilliant Milan-San Remo win, Elia Viviani’s impressive ninth place finish was almost overlooked. To date the Italian’s best finish in the first Monument of the year had been 84th, but this year he made it over the Cipressa, over the Poggio, and - had it come down to a sprint finish - he would have been firmly in the mix. It bodes very well for the future.
Elia proved that he could win San Remo one day

Elia proved that he could win San Remo one day

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