The Dubai Tour 2017 start list is taking shape, with 16 teams heading to the United Arab Emirates for the five stage race, including 10 WorldTour teams.

We take a look back at some of the racing highlights of 2016, including Chris Froome's improbable win and the rainbow day at the Tour of Flanders

Our photographers pick their season-defining images from 2016. Photos by Andy Jones, Graham Watson, Yuzuru Sunada, Chris Catchpole and Daniel Gould