Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan keeps defeating his opponents in polls carried out by various sport websites and organisations.
Most recently the two-time world champion in road cycling has become a clear leader in a poll of the readers of the specialised site Cyclingnews.com for the best male road rider of the year in 2016, the SITA newswire reported.
Sagan received 12,367 votes, or 73 percent of the total number of respondents. The winner of the Tour de France, Brit Christopher Froome, placed second with 1,428 votes (or 8 percent of respondents), while the Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro, Belgian Greg van Avermaet, came third with 829 votes.
Sagan also won the poll carried out by Cyclingnews.com last year, with a similar lead. Last year he was chosen by 50 percent of respondents, while the second best male rider, Spanish Alejandro Valverde received 12 percent of respondents.
The 2016 season was good for Sagan as he won the Tour de Flanders and received his fifth green jersey at the Tour de France where he won three stages. At the end of the season he also won the European championship and defended his world title. He finished by becoming the leader of the WorldTour list.
Sagan is currently a member of the Bora-Hansgrohe team, to which he came from the now-defunct Tinkoff, SITA wrote.
20. Dec 2016 at 22:16 | Compiled by Spectator staff