Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has capped his tumultuous season by winning the Velo d’Or award as the best rider of 2014.
The Tinkoff-Saxo rider succeeded Chris Froome, who won the 2013 Tour de France but crashed out of this year’s race.
The 31-year-old Contador, who was also forced out of the Tour this summer with a leg fracture before recovering at the Vuelta last month, added successes at Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of the Basque Country this season.
Contador won his sixth grand tour title at the Vuelta, claiming his home race for a third time, to go with two Tour de France victories and one Giro d’Italia title.
The Velo d’Or awards are decided by a panel of cycling journalists.