The festivities are over, the new year is upon us and it’s time to get down to business – so we’ve given our crystal ball a good polish to cast our eye over how 2016 will unfold.
The 2016 WorldTour season will kick-off with the Tour Down Under on January 19-24 and a bumper year awaits, with plenty of transfer comings and goings during the winter and big-name riders off to pastures new for the upcoming campaign.
For some it will mark the end of an era, with high-profile retirements imminent after this season, while for others it is likely to be a key breakthrough year.
A well-balanced Tour de France route awaits in July, when Chris Froome will bid for a third title in four years, before the eyes of the world will turn to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Elsewhere, Lizzie Armitstead will ride in the rainbow bands of world champion on the new UCI Women’s WorldTour and ONE Pro Cycling’s promotion to UCI ProContinental level means we’re likely to see much more of them too.
But who will be the winners and losers of 2016? Time to gaze into that crystal ball – here’s how we expect the season to unfold (but don’t hold us to it…)