Rider of the Year: Nominations, Please!

We will take nominations all week for your Rider of the Year. Then next Monday we will post a poll and make our decision. This one needs little explanation: nominate the rider who you think had the "best season." Obviously the leading candidates will be guys who scored big points -- cycling does tend to emphasize winning -- but I invite you to be subjective in your nominations. There is more to life than points, and this is a chance to explain why you think a certain rider did the most for racing in 2009, whether he won a lot or not. And even among the winners, not all victories are alike. If you're picking less obvious guys, take a few minutes to really make the case and see if you can sway the voters next week.