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The Moments That Stood Out Most

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Dec. 31, 2014 — As we say goodbye to 2014 on this last day of the year, we take a moment to reflect on some of the finest moments of the past season in road cycling.

By Daniel McMahon

But instead of giving you our take on the year that was, we decided to ask some pros what they thought were the most standout moments.

Here’s what they told us.

Jeremy Powers

“One of my favorite moments was probably Will Routley’s stage win and KOM jersey at the Amgen Tour of California.

Will Routley wins big in California. (Photo: Optum Pro Cycling)
Routley wins big in California. (Photo: Optum Pro Cycling)

“I always enjoy knowing guys who have just turned themselves inside out to get those results. It’s not the ‘biggest engine’ contest — they’ve had to really work for that result. It’s about hard work, persistence, and then reward. So many things have to go right for it to all come together.

“I also really enjoyed seeing Phil Gaimon take the leader’s jersey and stage at San Luis.

“Two guys I consider great riders, and even better people.”

Phil Gaimon

“For me, that Cannondale merger [with Garmin] was a doozy …

Gaimon, center, in Japan this past fall. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“I’d say for the sport overall … Froome leaving the Tour.”

Chris Froome quits Tour de France 2014
Chris Froome quits the Tour. (GIF via Le Tour de France / Daily Motion)

Tim Johnson

“Tough question! This past year has been such a blur …

Johnson in Japan this fall. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“I’d say for any American fans, the week between when Taylor Phinney won that stage of the Amgen Tour of California, by super-tuck attacking on a downhill!? …

Phinney. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“And then ending the following Monday in the hospital with the nasty leg fracture. Such an awesome high followed by such a deep, dark low.”

Phinney shows his scars in Richmond, Va. (Photo: Ethan Glading)

Kathryn Bertine

“Without a doubt, La Course by Tour de France was both the personal and professional highlight of 2014 for me.

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Kathryn Bertine. (Photo:

“What we wanted was for La Course to set a standard, to be a stepping stone for the world to see the power of women’s racing and to trigger races around the world to let the women compete at the same venues as the men …

La Course Tour de France women's race
Marianne Vos wins La Course 2014. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“La Course helped inspire the Vuelta, Giro, the Tours of California, Colorado, and Utah to add more women’s events. Just goes to show that one change in one venue can lead to so much growth worldwide. And we’re not done yet!”

Ted King

Krempels King of the Road Challenge! I couldn’t be more excited about this event, which is the hands-down biggest fundraiser for the Krempels Center, an organization that supports adults living with brain injury.

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Ted King leads the peloton at the Tour this summer. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“I pin a number on my back dozens of times a year and love my job as a professional cyclist. But to ride the Krempels King of the Road Challenge with my entire family — my brother, who got me into the sport, my mother, who is my biggest supporter, and my father, who is the pillar of the family and who had a stroke nearly 12 years ago — plus friends and family from around the country, it is the best day of cycling for me.”

Chris Horner

“No. 1? Nibali’s beat-down on the cobbles — most impressive ride, for sure — if you really understand what he achieved that day, beating not only the GC guys but all of the classic specialists in a discipline that clearly doesn’t favor him.”

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Nibali finished third on the Tour’s feared cobbled stage. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

 John Murphy

John Murphy at the Tour of Turkey in 2014. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“I would say the most impressive performance this year was by Alexander Kristoff at Milan-Sanremo.

“He beat the best riders in the world and proved that he is the next big thing for sprinting and classics combined.”

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Alexander Kristoff wins Milan–Sanremo 2014. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

Evelyn Stevens

Evelyn Stevens at worlds in 2014. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“For me the most standout moment of 2014 was when Chantal Blaak won the Sweden World Cup. She is always the ultimate teammate, and she rode the race so aggressively.

“It was awesome to see her win.

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Chantal Blaak at worlds in 2014. (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

“Also, we had our physio, Beth Duryea, as our director — she was amazing on the radio, had a great tactic, and really did a great job leading the whole team to a big win.”

Adam Myerson

“I’m going to have to go with Eric Marcotte winning road nationals. I was at Tour of Somerville, our race was over, and every pro bike racer in the parking lot was watching the race live on their phones.

Eric Marcotte
Eric Marcotte, right, at the North Star Grand Prix in 2014. (Photo: Ethan Glading)

“To know Marcotte personally, how hard he works, how serious and sincere he is, and what an underdog team we still were at that point, it was pretty amazing.”

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