Chris Froome has officially become cycling's Messi"for the time being as he picked up the esteemed "Velo d'Or" award as the best cyclist of 2013.

The Brit not only won the 100th Tour de France in stunning fashion, but also won every other race he competed in - the Criterium de Dauphine, the Criterium International, the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of Oman - all of which are prestigious races in the cycling world.

It's not just the fact that he won all of those races that has made him the best of rider of the year, it's the way he's won them.

For example, during the Tour de France this year Chris Froome won the high-status Mont Ventoux stage.

And this achievement is even more impressive when you consider all of the factors.

First of all, there is the historical significance. This was the 100th edition of the Tour de France, it was Bastille day in France, it was the day after the anniversary of British rider Tom Simpson's death on this very mountain - a mountain which is therefore of huge significance to British riders.

Froome had no real hopes of winning the stage because he had to protect his yellow jersey which often means that a rider cannot attack in the mountains.

But Froome ruthlessly set the pace at the front with the help of team-mate Richie Porte and obliterated the rest of the field. 

At first it looked like Froome was going to have to accept that Quintana would win the stage, but the 28-year-old found another gear and tore the Colombian to pieces to pick up one of the greatest Tour de France stage wins in history.

Nairo Quintana himself - who finished second behind Froome in the Tour de France as well as winning the polka-dot and white jerseys for best climber and best young rider - was voted prospect of the year by the panel of journalists.

Froome will now be looking to retain the award with an equally impressive 2014.

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