Vuelta a Espana champion Alberto Contador has won the Velo d'Or award for the best rider of 2014.
Cycling Central

7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:34 PM

The Velo d'Or award is decided by a panel of cycling journalists, with the Spaniard also winning the award in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The 31-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider made an early exit from the Tour de France in July with a leg fracture before making a spectacular recovery to win the Vuelta in September.

In addition to this Contador won Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of the Basque Country, and finished second overall in the UCI WorldTour rankings.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome won the award in 2013.