Flandrien of the Year

The Flandrien of the Year (Dutch: Flandrien-Trofee) is an annual award presented by the Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad to the best Belgian cyclist of the year. The prize has been awarded since 2003 and was originally awarded based on a vote by the public, and open to any nationality. The first winner of the award was the Italian Paolo Bettini. Since 2008, separate awards were created for the best Belgian cyclist, the best international cyclist, and the best Belgian female cyclist (Flandrienne of the Year). Also since 2008, the voting system was changed and only people from within the world of cycling choose the winners from a jury's list of nominees. Since 2014, an award for best international cyclo-cross cyclist was added. This latter award was replaced in 2019 by the Trophy Patrick Sercu in honour of the Belgian rider who died that year. The Trophy Patrick Sercu is awarded to the best non-road race cyclist

The award is seen as prestigious in the world of cycling, especially since it is voted on by fellow cyclists. It is also seen as rewarding the cyclist who most embodies the tough and hard-working values of the Flandrien cyclists of years gone by, such as Briek Schotte.[1] International Flandrien of the Year 2013 Chris Froome summed up these sentiments when he accepted the award, saying: "A Flandrien is to me someone, no matter how tough the conditions are, never gives up. Someone who has the character of a fighter."[2]

Road Race Winners

(Open) Flandrien of the Year (2003-2007)

Year Country Rider Team
2003  Italy Paolo Bettini Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004  Belgium Tom Boonen Quick-Step–Davitamon
2005  Belgium Tom Boonen Quick-Step–Innergetic
2006  Italy Paolo Bettini Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007  Italy Paolo Bettini Quick-Step–Innergetic

(Belgian) Flandrien of the Year (2008-)

Year Country Rider Team
2008  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet Silence–Lotto
2009  Belgium Philippe Gilbert Silence–Lotto
2010  Belgium Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma–Lotto
2011  Belgium Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012  Belgium Tom Boonen Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team
2014  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team
2015  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team
2016  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team
2017  Belgium Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team
2018  Belgium Yves Lampaert Quick-Step Floors
2019  Belgium Wout Van Aert Team Jumbo–Visma

International Flandrien of the Year (2008-)

Year Country Rider Team
2008   Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Team CSC Saxo Bank
2009  Great Britain Mark Cavendish Team Columbia–High Road
2010   Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank
2011  Great Britain Mark Cavendish HTC–Highroad
2012  Great Britain Bradley Wiggins Team Sky
2013  Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2014  Poland Michał Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015  Slovakia Peter Sagan Tinkoff–Saxo
2016  Slovakia Peter Sagan Tinkoff
2017  Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2018  Netherlands Tom Dumoulin Team Sunweb
2019  France Julian Alaphilippe Deceuninck–Quick-Step

By country

Country Number of wins Winning years
 Great Britain
5
2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
 Slovakia
2
2015, 2016
  Switzerland
2
2008, 2010
 Poland
1
2014
 Netherlands
1
2018
 France
1
2019

Flandrienne of the Year

Year Country Rider Team
2008  Belgium Grace Verbeke Lotto–Belisol Ladiesteam
2009  Belgium Grace Verbeke Lotto–Belisol Ladiesteam
2010  Belgium Liesbet De Vocht Nederland Bloeit
2011  Belgium Grace Verbeke Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley Team
2012  Belgium Liesbet De Vocht Rabobank Women Cycling Team
2013  Belgium Jessie Daems Boels–Dolmans
2014  Belgium Jolien D'Hoore Lotto–Belisol Ladies
2015  Belgium Jolien D'Hoore Wiggle–Honda
2016  Belgium Jolien D'Hoore Wiggle High5
2017  Belgium Sanne Cant Beobank–Corendon
2018  Belgium Sanne Cant Corendon–Circus
2019  Belgium Sofie De Vuyst Parkhotel Valkenburg

Non-Road Race Winners

Flandrien of the Cyclo-Cross (2014-2018)

Year Country Rider Team
2014  Belgium Sven Nys Crelan-AA Drink
2015  Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel BKCP–Powerplus
2016  Belgium Wout Van Aert Crelan–Vastgoedservice
2017  Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel Beobank–Corendon
2018  Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel Corendon–Circus

Trophy Patrick Sercu (2019-)

Year Country Rider Team
2019  Belgium Victor Campenaerts Lotto–Soudal

Lifetime Achievement Award

Year Country Rider Team
2016   Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Trek–Segafredo

References

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