UCI Road World Rankings

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The UCI Road World Rankings was a men's system of ranking road bicycle racers based upon the results in all UCI-sanctioned races over a twelve-month period. The world rankings were first instituted by the UCI in 1984.


Sean Kelly of Ireland was the first rider to be ranked world number 1 in March 1984 and was the year-end rankings leader for five years from 1984 to 1988 inclusive. The only other rider to come close to Kelly's dominance was Laurent Jalabert who topped the rankings four times, from 1995 to 1997 and again in 1999.

The competition was run in parallel to the UCI Road World Cup, which included 10 UCI races. Both were replaced at the end of the 2004 season with the inauguration of the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits. A revised version of the ProTour ranking was announced for the 2009 season, renamed UCI World Ranking.


Rider Team
1984 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Skil-Sem
1985 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Skil-Sem
1986 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Kas
1987 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Kas
1988 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Kas
1989 France Laurent Fignon (FRA) Super U-Raleigh-Fiat
1990 Italy Gianni Bugno (ITA) Chateau d'Ax–Salotti
1991 Italy Gianni Bugno (ITA) Chateau d'Ax–Gatorade
1992 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1993 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1994 Switzerland Tony Rominger (SUI) Mapei–CLAS
1995 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1996 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1997 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1998 Italy Michele Bartoli (ITA) Asics
1999 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2000 Italy Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Vini Caldirola–Sidermec
2001 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2002 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2003 Italy Paolo Bettini (ITA) Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004 Italy Damiano Cunego (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè


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