September gave us non-stop racing and some impressive performances. Take a look at the four nominees and make sure to vote for your Rider of the Month.
Richard Carapaz impressed last month with a determined ride at the Tour de France. With his general classification challenge blunted by crashes and time loss, the Ecuadorian was in position to spend the final week of the race on the hunt for a stage win. On three consecutive days Carapaz pulled off a second place on stage 16, a near-miss on the Col de la Loze, before finishing side by side with teammate Michal Kwiatkowski in a 1-2 on stage 18. Those exploits saw him come very close to the polka dot jersey on his Tour debut.
For Filippo Ganna September 2020 will be a month he’ll never forget. It began with the Italian going like a train at Tirreno-Adriatico. He supported Geraint Thomas to a podium finish overall before going on to smash the final time trial. That victory ranked him amongst the favourites for the World Championships in Imola. Riding in the colours of Italy, Ganna showed the pressure had no effect, winning gold by 26 seconds and adding to his rainbow jerseys on the track.
It’s easy to forget just how few race days Ethan Hayter has ridden on the road as a professional. After his 2020 Olympic plans were put on hold the young Brit got to work in September. His fast finishing saw him take a pair of top-five finishes at Coppi e Bartali. He backed that up with a podium finish at Giro della Toscana, before nailing his first pro victory in style at the Giro dell’Appennino. His reward was a senior call up to the GB world championships team, and he ended the month as Michal Kwiatkowski’s final lead-out man at Fleche Wallonnie.
Michal Kwiatkowski has a palmares that is the envy of most in the sport, but September saw him tick a very big box in his career. Victory on stage 18 at the Tour de France was memorable for a number of reasons, with a rider who has channelled so much of his Grand Tour form into helping others finally being rewarded. The Pole carried great form out of the Tour and came within a whisker of taking a podium in the worlds road race. He continued a consistent end to the month with sixth place at Fleche Wallonne.