As we reach the end of 2014, it’s time to hand out some awards, and in his latest column, Brendan Gallagher is looking at who should be rewarded in the cycling world.

Male rider of the Year: Chris Froome beyond all doubt. The world's best GC rider by a country mile and an old style gent. If anybody can re-establish cycling's reputation it is him.

Female rider of the Year: The remarkable Marianne Vos. We could probably save time and also hand over the 2014 award now as well!

Team of the Year: In the ProTour a dead heat between the wonderfully combative and versatile Movistar team and the supremely efficient GC based Team Sky. Elsewhere the GB Women’s Team Pursuit squad are a wonder and are taking the women’s sport into uncharted territory

Young male rider of the Year: Simon Yates (below). Quite a 12 month for the young man from Bury who won the prestigious Haytor stage at The Tour of Britain and finished third overall; took a World Points title on the track in Melbourne and claimed two stage victories the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir


Young female rider of the year: Wales' Becky James was still only 21 back in February when she won the World Sprint and Keirin titles in Minsk.

Best stage wins of the Year: Chris Froome's commanding win on Ventoux; Cannondale's perfectly executed smash and grab stage win for Peter Sagan between Montpellier and Albi in Stage seven of the Tour, Mark Cavendish's wondrous win in the Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond stage when he was the last man to make the select break and then commanded the final stages in vintage fashion; Simon Yates' win on Haytor in The Tour of Britain, a cracking day's racing in itself and a glimpse of the future.

Windiest day of the cycling year: Plenty of contenders in a wretched year weather-wise but the 220km per hour gust that flattened Tommy Simpsons's heavy marble memorial 1km from the top of Mont Ventoux in mid-December clearly takes podium honours.

Coldest day of the cycling year: Milan San Remo. The first half of this year's race would have tested Titus Oates
Croix de Guerre for outstanding bravery: Geraint Thomas for riding all the opening stage of the Tour de France with a busted pelvis.

Most promising newcomer: The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (below) was slickly organised and tapped into Surrey and London's growing love of competitive road racing. The race will surely grow and grow while the sportive also proved massively popular.


Biggest disappointment of the season: Great Britain's unexpectedly poor effort in the men's road race at the World Championship. On paper it looked a cracking line-up but sometimes you stretch the elastic too far and it snaps. The riders had nothing left to give

Irony of the Year: Having given Brad Wiggins and Sky a fair deal of stick for their conservative team riding at the 2012 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali and Astana proceeded to win the 2013 Giro in identical fashion. What do they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?

Harshest call: Ted King of Cannondale being eliminated from the Tour de France after narrowly failing to make the cut in stage five, the Team Time Trial. King was suffering with a separated shoulder which was entirely the result of the chaos caused by the organisers on Stage One when Orica-GreenEdge bus got stuck at the finish and the new finish line was changed twice in the space of minutes.

Biggest mystery: Why didn't SaxoBank gang up with Movistar when Chris Froome got badly isolated on Stage Nine at the Tour de France.

And to finish off 2013, here's our take on some of the quotes of the year from the world of cycling.

"Chris this is going to be super-easy, super-simple. This is not a problem. Movistar are your new team." A super optimistic Sky DS Nicolas Portal keeps his cool when Sky's yellow jersey Chris Froome finds himself completely isolated with four hours and 120km cycling to go on Stage Nine of the Tour de France.

"We watch a bit of telly, have an argument, have a cup of tea, go to bed and then start again." Jason Kenny describes a typical night in with Laura Trott

“Yes”Lance Armstrong when asked by Oprah Winfrey if he used banned substances, EPO, blood doping and cheated at every Tour de France he won.

"Tyler Hamilton will make more money from his book describing how he cheated than I will make in all my years of honest labour"Nicole Cooke talks nothing but truth and common sense as she retires from cycling.

“Let’s be honest, I descended like a bit of a girl really after the crash”Sir Bradley Wiggins discusses his poor showing at the Giro d’Italia.

“This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time”Chris Froome on the Tour de France podium in Paris.

“There is so much pseudo-science out there right now. If you release the data, there are very few people who can properly interpret and understand that data. All you’re going to do is create is a lot of noise for people who are pseudo scientists. You can even write magazines about it. They’re so wide of the mark in what they’re doing, it’s quite scary. You can do anything with stats” – Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford on demands to release Chris Froome’s power data.

"I don't know whether I'm famous or infamous" – Orica GreenEdge bus driver Garikoitz Atxa apologises after their bus got stuck on the finish line of the opening stage in Corsica.

"He's Welsh. He'll survive" Chris Froome never doubted Geraint Thomas would make it to Paris after his bad crash on the opening day.

"One individual doing that just leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. And a bad taste in Mark's mouth" – Chris Froome’s dry wit is again in evidence on hearing that one spectator has sprayed Mark Cavendish with urine on the first individual time trial.

"I never cease to be surprised by how close Tom Simpson was to the summit of Ventoux when he died. It haunts me"David Millar after riding past the memorial to Simpson, a little over a kilometre from the summit of cycling's most feared ascent.

"How can I put this in a polite way? His style is… clumsy, to say the least. It's terrible to watch, it's a crime against cycling, but it's obviously efficient" – Charly Wegelius passes an eye over Chris Froome's riding 'style'.

"It's like being 2-0 up in football and thinking you've got it sewn up. It's the worse score to have. You are lulled into a sense of confidence"Sir Dave Brailsford warns Chris Froome there is still plenty to do ahead of the final mountain stage of the Tour, a summit finish on Mont Semnoz

"I didn't flinch on the roundabouts in the wet, and fortunately the hospitals are close to where I live, so my wife could have visited me. I knew that, and I was prepared to end up in hospital than lose the race today. It went perfect." – Sir Bradley Wiggins on his TT win at Knowsley (below) in damp conditions at The Tour of Britain which set up his eventual GC win.