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The VeloVeritas Awards for 2021

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Yes, we know, it’s been done to death but it is the Festive Season so it’s time for this kind of thing, the ‘VeloVeritas 2021 Awards.’ 

Lassies first…

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Young Scottish rider of the year

Anna Shackley. A contract with SD Worx, Olympic selection, the British u23 Individual Time Trial Champion and fifth in the British Road Race Championships.

Not a bad old year for the 20 year-old. 

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Anna Shackley. Photo©SDWorx/Luc Claessen

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Scottish cyclist of the year

Katie Archibald. No explanations required for that one, save:

  • 2nd in Olympic Games, Team Pursuit.
  • 1st in Olympic Games, Madison. 
  • 1st in European Championship, Omnium.
  • 1st in European Championship, Madison.
  • 1st in European Championship, Scratch. 
  • 3st in World Championship, Team Pursuit. 
  • 1st in World Championship, Omnium. 
  • 3rd in World Championship, Madison. 
  • 2nd in World Championship, Points race.
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Katie Archibald. Photo©SWpix

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International track cyclists of the year

The endurance crown has to go to aforementioned Ms. Archibald.

As far as sprinters go, we think that Germany’s Ms. Lea Sophie Friedrich is a safe bet for that one with:

  • 2nd in Olympic Games, Team Sprint.
  • 1st in European Championship, Keirin. 
  • 2nd in European Championship, Team Sprint. 
  • 2nd in European Championship, Individual Sprint. 
  • 1st in World Championship, Team Sprint.
  • 2nd in World Championship, Individual Sprint. 
  • 1st in World Championship, 500 m TT 
  • 1st in World Championship, Keirin.

… and she’s 21 years-old.

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Lea Sophie Friedrich. Photo©RND

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International road cyclist of the year

Annemiek Van Vleuten [Movistar & The Netherlands] world ranked number one with 13 wins including Flanders, Donostia and the Tour of Norway.

Annemiek Van Vleuten. Photo©Getty

Honourable mention to World Ladi