2018 UCI World Tour
|Tenth edition of the UCI World Tour|
|Dates||16 January – 21 October|
|Individual champion||Simon Yates (Great Britain) (Mitchelton–Scott)|
|Teams' champion||Quick-Step Floors|
The 2018 UCI World Tour was a competition that included thirty-seven road cycling events throughout the 2018 men's cycling season. It was the tenth and final edition of the ranking system launched by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 2009. The competition began with the opening stage of the Tour Down Under on 16 January and concluded with the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi on 21 October. Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet was the defending champion.
Van Avermaet was unable to defend his World Tour title, as he failed to take a single individual win – he was a part of three team time trial victories for the BMC Racing Team however – as he finished fifth in the points rankings. The rankings were topped for the first time by British rider Simon Yates, riding for the Mitchelton–Scott team, who amassed 3,072 points over the course of the season. Yates was the last of four riders to take the overall lead of standings during the season; he had ranked highly in the standings earlier in 2018, taking stage victories at Paris–Nice, and the Volta a Catalunya, before a break-through performance at the Giro d'Italia with three stage wins and thirteen days in the race lead; ultimately, Yates cracked in the mountains during the third week and ceded overall victory to compatriot Chris Froome. After another stage win and a second-place overall finish at the Tour de Pologne, Yates won his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a España, taking the race lead definitively after a stage victory on stage fourteen, and the rankings lead when the race concluded.
80 points behind, in second place, was Slovakia's Peter Sagan, riding for Bora–Hansgrohe. Sagan led the standings for most of the season, having recorded consistent top-six finishes during the spring Classic races, with victories at Gent–Wevelgem, and for the first time, Paris–Roubaix. Sagan won three stages at the Tour de France as he won a record-equalling sixth points classification victory, but was unable to win any stages at the Vuelta a España, where Yates took the lead. In third place, with 2,609 points, was Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who rode for the Movistar Team. Valverde held the rankings lead in the spring, winning two general classifications at the Abu Dhabi Tour, and the Volta a Catalunya, in February and March – winning three stages over those races as well – before two stage victories and victory in the points classification at the Vuelta a España.
In the concurrent teams' standings, Quick-Step Floors prevailed with 13,425.97 points, having held the classification lead for three-quarters of the season, and not been headed since late March. The team took 37 victories – out of a total of 73 wins during all UCI-classified races – at the World Tour level, including seven overall victories taken by Niki Terpstra (E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders), Yves Lampaert (Dwars door Vlaanderen), Julian Alaphilippe (La Flèche Wallonne and Clásica de San Sebastián), Bob Jungels (Liège–Bastogne–Liège), and Elia Viviani (EuroEyes Cyclassics). The team also took 13 stage victories at the Grand Tours, with two classification jerseys won by Viviani (points at the Giro d'Italia), and Alaphilippe, who won the polka-dot jersey at the Tour de France. 2017 teams classification winners Team Sky finished second with 10,213 points, with the team winning two of the three Grand Tours; Froome became the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours with his Giro d'Italia success, while Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France, after success at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Team Sky took four other general classification victories: Michał Kwiatkowski won Tirreno–Adriatico, and the Tour de Pologne, Egan Bernal won the Tour of California in his first season with the team, while Gianni Moscon won the season-ending Tour of Guangxi. With 9,201 points, Bora–Hansgrohe finished in third place primarily down to Sagan's performances, with further wins to Jay McCarthy (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race), and Pascal Ackermann at the RideLondon–Surrey Classic. Ackermann and Sam Bennett also took eleven World Tour stage victories between them during the season, with Bennett taking three at a Grand Tour, in the Giro d'Italia.
|Code||Official Team Name||Country||Groupset||Road Bike(s)||Time Trial Bike||Wheels|
|ALM||AG2R La Mondiale (2018 season)||France||Shimano||Factor Bikes o2
Factor Bikes ONE
Factor Bikes ONE–S
|Factor Bikes Slick||Mavic|
|AST||Astana (2018 season)||Kazakhstan||Shimano||Argon 18 Gallium Pro
Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro
|TBM||Bahrain–Merida (2018 season)||Bahrain||Shimano||Merida Scultura
|BMC||BMC Racing Team (2018 season)||United States||Shimano||BMC Teammachine SLR01
BMC Timemachine TMR01
BMC Roadmachine RM01
|BMC TimeMachine TM01||Shimano|
|BOH||Bora–Hansgrohe (2018 season)||Germany||Shimano||S-Works Venge
|DDD||Team Dimension Data (2018 season)||South Africa||Shimano/Rotor||Cervélo S5
|EFD||EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale (2018 season)||United States||Shimano/FSA||Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod
|Cannondale Slice Hi-Mod||Vision|
|FDJ||Groupama–FDJ (2018 season)||France||Shimano||Lapierre Xelius SL
Lapierre Aircode SL
|Lapierre Aerostorm DRS||Shimano|
|TKA||Team Katusha–Alpecin (2018 season)||Switzerland||SRAM||Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Canyon Endurace CF SL
|Canyon Speedmax CF||Zipp|
|TLJ||LottoNL–Jumbo (2018 season)||Netherlands||Shimano||Bianchi OltreXR4,OltreXR2
|Bianchi Aquila CV||Shimano|
|LTS||Lotto–Soudal (2018 season)||Belgium||Campagnolo||Ridley Helium SLX
Ridley Noah SL
Ridley Fenix SL
|Ridley Dean Fast||Campagnolo|
|MTS||Mitchelton–Scott (2018 season)||Australia||Shimano||Scott Foil
|MOV||Movistar Team (2018 season)||Spain||Campagnolo||Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Canyon Endurace CF SL
|Canyon Speedmax CF||Campagnolo|
|QST||Quick-Step Floors (2018 season)||Belgium||Shimano/FSA||S-Works Venge
|SKY||Team Sky (2018 season)||Great Britain||Shimano||Pinarello Dogma F10
Pinarello Dogma K8-S
|SUN||Team Sunweb (2018 season)||Germany||Shimano||Giant TCR Advanced SL
Giant Propel Advanced SL
Giant Defy Advanced SL
|TFS||Trek–Segafredo (2018 season)||United States||Shimano||Trek Emonda
|UAD||UAE Team Emirates (2018 season)||United Arab Emirates||Campagnolo||Colnago c64,C60
|Tour Down Under||16–21 January||Daryl Impey (RSA)||500 pts||Richie Porte (AUS)||400 pts||Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED)||325 pts||60, 25, 10 pts||10 pts|
|Great Ocean Road Race||28 January||Jay McCarthy (AUS)||300 pts||Elia Viviani (ITA)||250 pts||Daryl Impey (RSA)||215 pts||N/A|
|Abu Dhabi Tour||21–25 February||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||300 pts||Wilco Kelderman (NED)||250 pts||Miguel Ángel López (COL)||215 pts||40, 15, 6 pts||6 pts|
|Omloop Het Nieuwsblad||24 February||Michael Valgren (DEN)||300 pts||Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)||250 pts||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)||215 pts||N/A|
|Strade Bianche||3 March||Tiesj Benoot (BEL)||300 pts||Romain Bardet (FRA)||250 pts||Wout van Aert (BEL)||0 pts[a]||N/A|
|Paris–Nice||4–11 March||Marc Soler (ESP)||500 pts||Simon Yates (GBR)||400 pts||Gorka Izagirre (ESP)||325 pts||60, 25, 10 pts||10 pts|
|Tirreno–Adriatico||7–13 March||Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)||500 pts||Damiano Caruso (ITA)||400 pts||Geraint Thomas (GBR)||325 pts||60, 25, 10 pts||10 pts|
|Milan–San Remo||17 March||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||500 pts||Caleb Ewan (AUS)||400 pts||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||325 pts||N/A|
|Volta a Catalunya||19–25 March||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||400 pts||Nairo Quintana (COL)||320 pts||Pierre Latour (FRA)||260 pts||50, 20, 8 pts||8 pts|
|E3 Harelbeke||23 March||Niki Terpstra (NED)||400 pts||Philippe Gilbert (BEL)||320 pts||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||260 pts||N/A|
|Gent–Wevelgem||25 March||Peter Sagan (SVK)||500 pts||Elia Viviani (ITA)||400 pts||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||325 pts||N/A|
|Dwars door Vlaanderen||28 March||Yves Lampaert (BEL)||300 pts||Mike Teunissen (NED)||250 pts||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)||215 pts||N/A|
|Tour of Flanders||1 April||Niki Terpstra (NED)||500 pts||Mads Pedersen (DEN)||400 pts||Philippe Gilbert (BEL)||325 pts||N/A|
|Tour of the Basque Country||2–7 April||Primož Roglič (SLO)||400 pts||Mikel Landa (ESP)||320 pts||Ion Izagirre (ESP)||260 pts||50, 20, 8 pts||8 pts|
|Paris–Roubaix||8 April||Peter Sagan (SVK)||500 pts||Silvan Dillier (SUI)||400 pts||Niki Terpstra (NED)||325 pts||N/A|
|Amstel Gold Race||15 April||Michael Valgren (DEN)||500 pts||Roman Kreuziger (CZE)||400 pts||Enrico Gasparotto (ITA)||325 pts||N/A|
|La Flèche Wallonne||18 April||Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)||400 pts||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||320 pts||Jelle Vanendert (BEL)||260 pts||N/A|
|Liège–Bastogne–Liège||22 April||Bob Jungels (LUX)||500 pts||Michael Woods (CAN)||400 pts||Romain Bardet (FRA)||325 pts||N/A|
|Tour de Romandie||24–29 April||Primož Roglič (SLO)||500 pts||Egan Bernal (COL)||400 pts||Richie Porte (AUS)||325 pts||60, 25, 10 pts||10 pts|
|Eschborn–Frankfurt||1 May||Alexander Kristoff (NOR)||300 pts||Michael Matthews (AUS)||250 pts||Oliver Naesen (BEL)||215 pts||N/A|
|Giro d'Italia||4–27 May||Chris Froome (GBR)||850 pts||Tom Dumoulin (NED)||680 pts||Miguel Ángel López (COL)||575 pts||100, 40, 20, 12, 4 pts||20 pts|
|Tour of California||13–19 May||Egan Bernal (COL)||300 pts||Tejay van Garderen (USA)||250 pts||Daniel Felipe Martínez (COL)||215 pts||40, 15, 6 pts||6 pts|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||3–10 June||Geraint Thomas (GBR)||500 pts||Adam Yates (GBR)||400 pts||Romain Bardet (FRA)||325 pts||60, 25, 10 pts||10 pts|
|Tour de Suisse||9–17 June||Richie Porte (AUS)||500 pts||Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)||400 pts||Nairo Quintana (COL)||325 pts||60, 25, 10||10 pts|
|Tour de France||7–29 July||Geraint Thomas (GBR)||1000 pts||Tom Dumoulin (NED)||800 pts||Chris Froome (GBR)||675 pts||120, 50, 25, 15, 5 pts||25 pts|
|RideLondon–Surrey Classic||29 July||Pascal Ackermann (GER)||300 pts||Elia Viviani (ITA)||250 pts||Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA)||215 pts||N/A|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||4 August||Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)||400 pts||Bauke Mollema (NED)||320 pts||Anthony Roux (FRA)||260 pts||N/A|
|Tour de Pologne||4–10 August||Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)||400 pts||Simon Yates (GBR)||320 pts||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||260 pts||50, 20, 8 pts||8 pts|
|/ BinckBank Tour||13–19 August||Matej Mohorič (SLO)||400 pts||Michael Matthews (AUS)||320 pts||Tim Wellens (BEL)||260 pts||50, 20, 8 pts||8 pts|
|EuroEyes Cyclassics||19 August||Elia Viviani (ITA)||400 pts||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||320 pts||Alexander Kristoff (NOR)||260 pts||N/A|
|Vuelta a España||25 August –
|Simon Yates (GBR)||850 pts||Enric Mas (ESP)||680 pts||Miguel Ángel López (COL)||575 pts||100, 40, 20, 12, 4 pts||20 pts|
|Bretagne Classic Ouest–France||26 August||Oliver Naesen (BEL)||400 pts||Michael Valgren (DEN)||320 pts||Tim Wellens (BEL)||260 pts||N/A|
|GP de Québec||7 September||Michael Matthews (AUS)||500 pts||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||400 pts||Jasper Stuyven (BEL)||325 pts||N/A|
|GP de Montréal||9 September||Michael Matthews (AUS)||500 pts||Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)||400 pts||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||325 pts||N/A|
|Presidential Tour of Turkey||9–14 October||Eduard Prades (ESP)||0 pts[b]||Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)||250 pts||Nathan Haas (AUS)||215 pts||40, 15, 6 pts||6 pts|
|Il Lombardia||13 October||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||500 pts||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||400 pts||Dylan Teuns (BEL)||325 pts||N/A|
|Tour of Guangxi||16–21 October||Gianni Moscon (ITA)||300 pts||Felix Großschartner (AUT)||250 pts||Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS)||215 pts||40, 15, 6 pts||6 pts|
Final points standings
For riders that had the same number of points, ties in placings were resolved by number of victories, then number of second places, third places, and so on, in World Tour events and stages.
- 418 riders scored points. 198 other riders finished in positions that would have earned them points, but they were ineligible as members of non-UCI WorldTeams.
|4||BMC Racing Team||8779.97|
|11||AG2R La Mondiale||6397|
|12||UAE Team Emirates||5495|
|16||EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale||4373|
|18||Team Dimension Data||2017[e]|
- As van Aert was riding for Vérandas Willems–Crelan, which is not a UCI WorldTeam, he was ineligible to score points towards the UCI World Tour standings.
- As Prades was riding for Euskadi–Murias, which is not a UCI WorldTeam, he was ineligible to score points towards the UCI World Tour standings.
- Listed by UCI on 7859 points, missing Truls Korsæth's points from Paris–Roubaix.
- Points not listed with any team.
- Listed by UCI on 1953 points, missing Igor Antón's points from the Tour of the Basque Country, the Clásica de San Sebastián and the Vuelta a España.
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