Images: Yuzuru Sunada
As the year draws to a close, peloton takes a look at the moments that define the racing season and their iconic images. From the monuments to the early season warm-ups and the mighty grand tours, it all comes down to the characters who shape the season. Many men and women had their moments in 2011. Five come to mind as having left their mark in our minds through their riding, their emotions, and their sheer tenacity.
Here's looking ahead to 2012 and its cast of characters.