Primož Roglič recognized as Slovenian Athlete of the Year, Wout van Aert wins Kristallen Fiets award – VeloNews.com
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Primož Roglič was recognized as the 2020 Slovenian athlete of the year, for the second consecutive year.
Roglič was recently also recognized as the best Slovenian cyclist of 2020, a distinction he shares with compatriot Tadej Pogačar.
Accepting the award, Roglič said, “[I am] super happy to receive the award for the best male athlete of Slovenia in 2020. [I am] honored to be in this place for a second consecutive year.”
Roglič won four stages of the 2020 Vuelta a España, as well as taking the overall title for the second consecutive year. He also won a stage at the Tour de France, and lead the general classification until the penultimate stage. The 31-year-old former ski jumper also won the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in dramatic fashion with a bike throw when Julian Alaphilppe raised his arms before the finish line, allowing the Slovenian to edge past him in the final meter of the race.
Wout van Aert awarded Kristallen Fiets
Wout van Aert was presented with the crystal bicycle award by Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
“It’s great to add this award to my palmares. I’m happy I’ve always been ambitious and that I’ve dared to take on new challenges. That has brought me where I am now,” van Aert said.
The annual award is presented to a Belgian rider who is considered to have performed the best over the year.
This award dates back to 1992, with notables such as Johan Museeuw, Tom Boonen, Sven Nys, Philippe Gilbert, Victor Campenaerts, and Remco Evenepoel previously receiving the distinctive award.