The curtain came down on the 2018 road season with the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday, and afterwards the riders – men and women – got ready for the fourth edition of the end-of-season UCI Cycling Gala.
The First event was held in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and then the event moved to China last year with the creation of the Tour of Guangxi as the final event on the WorldTour calendar. The ceremony saw a number of awards handed out, for winners of the various classifications of the men’s and women’s WorldTour and also for all the recently crowned world champions from the Innsbruck Worlds.
While the riders who had competed in the Tour of Guangxi were all present, few others made the trip to China, meaning many awards had to be accepted by teammates on behalf of the real winners.
The men’s WorldTour teams classification was one of the few awards to be collected in person, with Philippe Gilbert leading Quick-Step Floors onto the stage to cap a season that has produced an astonishing 73 victories.
Discover the gala here