Our writers have made their predictions for the 2016 season, but how many of them will turn out to be correct?

It’s that time of the year where cycling experts like to make bold and usually foundless predictions about which riders are going to excel in the forthcoming season.

Making predictions in cycling is often a lot harder than many other sports as there are so many different people who could win.

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In football, for example, there are only 20 possible teams that could win the Premier League – 19 if you discount Chelsea, they’ve got no chance. In any given cycling race, though, there are over 150 riders who could in theory win, so it’s all the harder to make guesses predictions that we’re confident in.

Then there’s the fact that we don’t know exactly who’s going to race some of the races this year. Obviously Chris Froome will race the Tour de France in an ideal world, but will an early injury knock him out of contention? Such are the vicissitudes of cycling.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we can reveal who some of the Cycling Weekly staff believe are going to win the biggest races of the year.

Nick Bull – Reporter

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Nick Bull

Paris-Roubaix: Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick Step)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
Giro d’Italia: Mikel Landa (Sky)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Tony Gallopin (France)
Olympic Games time trial: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Vuelta a España: Fabio Aru (Astana)
World Championships road races: Alexander Kristoff (Norway) & Lizzie Armitstead (GB)

Nigel Wynn – Web editor

Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn

Paris-Roubaix: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step)
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
Olympic Games time trial: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
World Championships road races: Andre Greipel (Germany) & Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Simon Collis – Content director

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Simon Collis

Paris-Roubaix: John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)
Giro d’Italia: Mikel Landa (Sky)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Geraint Thomas (GB)
Olympic Games time trial: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
World Championships road races: Peter Sagan (Slovakia) & Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Hugh Gladstone – News editor

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Hugh Gladstone

Paris-Roubaix: Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Esteban Chaves (Colombia)
Olympic Games time trial: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
World Championships road races: Andre Greipel (Germany) & Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)

Richard Windsor – Assistant web editor

Richard Windsor

Richard Windsor

Paris-Roubaix: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step)
Giro d’Italia: Mikel Landa (Sky)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)
Olympic Games time trial: Adriano Malori (Italy)
Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
World Championships road races: John Degenkolb (Germany) & Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France)

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke – News writer

Paris-Roubaix: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Tour de France: Chris Froome (Sky)
Olympic Games road race: Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
Olympic Games time trial: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Vuelta a España: Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
World Championships road races: Andre Greipel (Germany) & Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

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Richard Abraham – Reporter

Paris-Roubaix: Lars Boom (Astana)
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale)
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Tour de France: Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Olympic Games road race: Tony Gallopin (France)
Olympic Games time trial: Geraint Thomas (GB)
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome (Team Sky)
World Championships road races: Alexander Kristoff (Norway) & Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium)

  • blemcooper

    No predictions for three of the five “monuments”?