Thursday, 8 December 2011


Geraint Thomas Team Sky
All rounder domestique who, I hope, will soon be a team captain as his skills demonstrated in the spring classics bode well for the future. Strong and fast and with an increasingly good tactical sense.

Pierre Rolland Europcar
An impressive Tour de France campaign has launched this rider to new heights, very strong in the inclines and vital to Voeckler's titanic performance.

Jelle Vanendert Omega Pharma-Lotto
The Ardennes classics wins by Philippe Gilbert owe a lot to this Belgian rider, indefatigable team player. Also strong at the Tour.

Tom Veelers Skil Shimano
Veelers is to Kittel what Renshaw is to Cavendish. He helped Kittel becoming one of the sprinters to watch out for the next few years.
Mark Renshaw HTC
Well, apart from the Worlds, he has been the leadout man to almost all of the Manxman's victories. Amazing at protecting and projecting, great placing eye and a mean sprinter himself.
Jens Voigt Leopard Trek
The domestique of domestiques! If you ever need to man up, watch him ride and follow his style.
Marco Pinotti HTC
A well deserved pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia and great placings at the Romandie and Tirreno-Adriatico. His support is always vital on any team and his speed hasn't lessened with experience. Great time triallist, old school hard working rider.

Chris Froome Team Sky
Showed his full potential at the Vuelta when he displayed leader characteristics while helping Wiggins and almost winning it himself.

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