In pictures: Cycling heroes and villains of 2004
Hero - Wonderkid Damiano Cunego

Italy's wonderkid Damiano Cunego won the Giro d'Italia by more than two minutes in May.

The 22-year-old held off his rivals and captured four stage wins, holding the leader's jersey for 12 days.

Cunego topped the World Cup standings and is tipped to be the next Lance Armstrong.

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