• Julian Alaphilippe wins the Velo d’Or (Alexis Reau/L'Equipe)Source: Alexis Reau/L'Equipe
Julian Alaphilippe's 12 season victories including one Monument and 14 days in yellow at the Tour de France was enough to earn him the prestigious Velo d'Or.
Cycling Central

2 Dec 2019 - 3:14 PM  UPDATED 2 Dec 2019 - 5:45 PM

Decided by a panel of cycling journalists, the Velo d'Or award annually honours the cyclist considered the best performer of the season. 

It is just the second time in the award's 27-year history a Frenchman has earned the Velo d'Or and the first since 1995 when Laurent Jalabert won. 

Watch Alaphilippe win La Fleche Wallone

“I am very happy with the incredible season I’ve had and to receive the Velo d’Or is a beautiful way to conclude this amazing year," Alaphilippe said. 

"I want to thank those who voted for me and decided that I should receive this trophy, it’s a great honour.

Alaphilippe's Stage 3 2019 Tour de France victory one for the ages

"It was an unforgettable campaign, with many beautiful moments – from winning my first Monument in March to wearing the yellow jersey for 14 days.

"It wouldn’t have been possible without my extraordinary (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) squad," he said.

Wait, Alaphilippe can time trial?

According to Cyclingnews, Alaphilippe received 74 votes, Egan Bernal 68 and Primoz Roglic 54.

In 2019, Bernal was crowned champion of the Tour de France, Tour de Suisse and Paris-Nice while Vuelta winner Roglic also won Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Romandie and finished third overall at the Giro d'Italia. 

We could watch Julian Alaphilippe descend the Galibier at the 2019 Tour de France for days

Julian Alaphilippe's 2019 victories (Career total: 30)

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional - Stage 2
Vuelta a San Juan Internacional - Stage 3
Colombia 2.1 - Stage 5
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 2
Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 6
Itzulia Basque Country
La Flèche Wallonne - Stage 2
Critérium du Dauphiné - Stage 6
Tour de France - Stage 3
Tour de France - Stage 13 (ITT)