Ian Stannard

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Ian Stannard
Ian Stannard CHB 2013 (Cropping).jpg
Personal information
Full name Ian Stannard
Nickname Yogi[1]
Born (1987-05-25) 25 May 1987 (age 27)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Domestique
Classics specialist
Amateur team(s)
2007 T-Mobile Team (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
Team Sky
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2012)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2014)
Infobox last updated on
13 April 2014

Ian Stannard (born 25 May 1987) is an English track and road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Team Sky.[2] He is known for his stamina and is a force on flat roads.


Early career[edit]

Born in Chelmsford, Stannard initially focused on the road and track, winning a gold medal in the time trial at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, and a gold in the Under-23 Team Pursuit at the 2006 European Track Championships, alongside future Sky team mate Geraint Thomas. Stannard made his professional road debut in August 2007 joining T-Mobile Team as a trainee. He rode for Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner in 2008 and came third overall in the 2008 Tour of Britain riding for the Great Britain team. In 2009 he joined the new ISD team,[3] and was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia, aged just 21. Stannard finished 160th at the Giro.[4]

Team Sky (2010–present)[edit]

Stannard joined the new British Pro Tour team Team Sky for the start of the 2010 season, and has since focused more on the Classics and one day races. He took a third place in freezing conditions in Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.[5] He almost made it home in the 2011 Gent–Wevelgem, after breaking away on the final climb, the Monteberg. He was part of a move with Peter Sagan, Maciej Bodnar (both from Liquigas-Cannondale) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) with 34 kilometres (21 mi) to cover until the finish. The quartet kept clear of the chasing peloton until Stannard broke free of the break and crossed the flamme rouge alone. He was passed by a raging bunch with some 500 metres (1,600 ft) to go, as Tom Boonen sprinted to victory.[6] He obtained his first professional win at the 2011 Tour of Austria, winning stage 5 of the race, where he got the better of a group of five escapees in the sprint.[7]

Stannard at the 2013 Tour Down Under

Stannard was part of the Great Britain team that helped Mark Cavendish win the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championship, with an vital pull in the closing stages to keep Cavendish towards the front of the peloton. Stannard is well known for being one of the hardest working domestiques in the peloton, riding a total of 14,713 racing kilometres and 93 race days in 2011.

In 2012, Stannard won the London Nocturne by lapping the field. He also became the British National Road Race Champion, winning ahead of Sky teammate Alex Dowsett. Stannard was selected to race on the British Olympic Road Race Team for 2012, alongside David Millar, Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.[8] The team aimed to lead Cavendish to a sprint victory on The Mall. Despite the best efforts of Stannard, Team GB were unable to pull back a large breakaway group on the run in to London, with the gold medal going to Alexander Vinokourov. Stannard again represented Britain at the UCI World Road Race Championships and was active in a breakaway with Andrew Talansky on the penultimate lap, eventually finishing in the main group.

Stannard put in an impressive performance in freezing conditions at the 2013 Milan – San Remo, initially riding on the front of the race in support of Geraint Thomas, then attacking with Sylvain Chavanel after Thomas crashed. Stannard led over the Poggio, only to be caught on the descent by a chase group of five riders. Stannard made a final move in the final two kilometres but was chased down by Peter Sagan, and he finished sixth in the sprint.[1]

Stannard was selected to ride the Tour de France for the first time in 2013. In 2014, Stannard won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race – one of the Flanders Classics – after he out-sprinted his breakaway companion Greg Van Avermaet.[9] In the process, Stannard became the first British rider to win the race.[10] In Gent-Wevelgem, Stannard crashed heavily into a roadside ditch and was taken to hospital.[11] He was diagnosed with fractured vertabrae, ruling him out of the rest of the classics season.[12]

Stannard made his comeback to the road riding for the English team in the men's road race event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A clearly uncomfortable Stannard withdrew early on in the race, which took place in treacherous rainy conditions - only 12 riders finished out of 140 starters - and which was eventually won by his team-mate Geraint Thomas. Stannard attempted another comeback, riding for Team Sky in the 2014 RideLondon–Surrey Classic. Stannard was noted for his hard work in successfully placing team-mate Ben Swift in the eventually victorious breakaway group.[13]


In 2012, Stannard was the winner of the British National Road Race Championships.
Commonwealth Youth Games
1st Time Trial
3rd Individual Pursuit
3rd Scratch Race
1st Junior ITT MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Road Race Championships
2nd Junior Road Race National Road Race Championships
1st Team pursuit, European Under-23 Track Championships
National Track Championships
2nd Team pursuit
3rd 20km Scratch Race
1st Clayton Velo Spring Classic
1st Eddie Soens
1st Milano-Brusetto
4th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Qatar
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 5 Tour of Austria
4th Paris–Tours
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st London Nocturne
2nd National Road Race Championships
3rd Stage 4 Tour de France
6th Milan – San Remo
7th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
9th Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Overall Tour of Qatar

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 160 132
Yellow jersey Tour 135
red jersey Vuelta WD 128 111

WD = withdrew


External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bradley Wiggins
British National Road Race Championships
Succeeded by
Mark Cavendish