As a way of contemplating the cyclists’ performance throughout the year, last Tuesday (24), through a formal ceremony at Pavillon Gabriel, in Paris – France, Demi Vollering and Jonas Vingeggard were awarded in the main category of the best cyclists in the world, with the Velo d’Or 2023 trophy.
This time, for the first time, the winning athletes were revealed in person instead of being announced on the pages of Vélo Magazine. The event was attended by guests of honor Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, several cyclists, coaches and businesspeople from the professional sector.
“It is a great honor for me to win the Velo d’Or award. When I see all the names that won last year, it’s a crazy feeling to now know that I’m the winner. Eddy Merckx was going to give me this award and it is very special. He is a great icon and always wins. I’m always trying to do the same, trying to win every race I’m doing. I’m very happy about it, thank you for that”, said Jonas Vingegaard.
In the same category, the Jumbo-Visma athlete competed with names that developed and shone in professional sport such as Remco Evenepoel, Tadej Pogocar, Primoz Roglic, Tom Pidcock, Wout van Aert, Jasper Philipsen, Adam Yates and Mathieu van der Poel.
Lotte Kopecky and Mathieu van der Poel were also awarded in the category of best classic drivers and with the Eddy Merckx Trophy for their excellent development throughout the year. The event has been held since 1992 and it was only in 2000 that women began to be recognized in the sport, with Felicia Ballanger being the first to receive the trophy.