UCI World Tour

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UCI World Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015 UCI World Tour
UCI World Tour logo.svg
Sport Road bicycle racing
Founded 2009
No. of teams 18 (Others invited on
race by race basis)
Country Europe, Australia and Canada (formerly also China)
Most recent champion(s) Rider: Alejandro Valverde
Team: Movistar Team
Country: Spain
Official website uciworldtour.com

The UCI World Tour (2009–2010: UCI World Ranking) is the premier annual male elite road cycling tour. It refers to both the tour of 28 events and an annual ranking system based upon performances in these. The World Ranking was launched in 2009, and merged fully with its predecessor the UCI ProTour in 2011.

History[edit]

Until the end of 2004, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) maintained both the UCI Road World Rankings, which awarded results for all its sanctioned races, and the UCI Road World Cup, which was awarded on the basis of performance in ten selected one-day events. Both were replaced from the 2005 season by the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits. However, disputes between the UCI and ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France and other classics, and eventually with the organisers of the Tours of Italy and Spain, meant that by 2008 the ProTour was devalued as a ranking method, as only one of the Monument events, and three other classics, remained under the auspices of the UCI. As a result, the UCI World Ranking was introduced, merging performances from both the ProTour and other prestigious events.[1]

At the start of 2011, the ProTour and World Ranking were fully merged again.[2] The ranking system was re-branded as the 'World Tour', whilst 'ProTeam' [3] was retained as a registration category for professional teams. All ProTeams gain automatic entry to World Tour events.

Despite finishing second in the team rankings in 2012, Team Katusha were initially refused a place in the top tier for 2013.[4] After appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, they were reinstated in February 2013, having already missed the 2013 Tour Down Under.[5] Although the UCI had earlier asserted that the reinstatement of Katusha would result in demotion of another team, they eventually announced that there would be 19 ProTour teams for that one season.[6] In 2015, there are only 17 teams, as there was no applicant for the 18th slot.

Ranking events[edit]

The UCI World Tour consists of 28 events.[7] These events are made up from:

  • The three Grand Tours
  • The five Monument one day races
  • Nine further stage races in Europe
  • Seven further one day races in Europe
  • One stage race in Australia
  • Two one day races in Canada
  • One team time trial, which grants points only for the teams' ranking, with a location that varies each year.
Race World Ranking Points[8]
Winner Second Third final position for
which points are given
France Tour de France Overall
Each stage
200
20
150
10
120
6
20th (4 points)
5th (2 points)
Italy Giro d'Italia
Spain Vuelta a España
Overall
Each stage
170
16
130
8
100
4
20th (2 points)
5th (1 point)
World Team Time Trial Championship[a] 200 170 140 10th (70 points)
Australia Tour Down Under
France Paris–Nice
Italy Tirreno–Adriatico
Spain Tour of the Basque Country
Switzerland Tour de Romandie
Spain Volta a Catalunya
France Critérium du Dauphiné
Switzerland Tour de Suisse
Poland Tour de Pologne
BelgiumNetherlands Eneco Tour
China Tour of Beijing[b]
Overall
Each stage
100
6
80
4
70
2
10th (4 points)
5th (1 point)
Italy Milan – San Remo
Belgium Tour of Flanders
France Paris–Roubaix
Belgium Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Italy Giro di Lombardia
100 80 70 10th (4 points)
Belgium E3 Harelbeke[c]
Belgium Gent–Wevelgem
Netherlands Amstel Gold Race
Belgium La Flèche Wallonne
Spain Clásica de San Sebastián
Germany Vattenfall Cyclassics
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec[d]
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal[d]
France GP Ouest-France
80 60 50 10th (2 points)

In 2009 and 2010, only riders for ProTour teams and Professional Continental teams could earn points. When a national squad, that is not a UCI registered team, participated in a race, its members were not eligible to receive points. In 2011, a rule change meant that only riders on ProTeam squads were eligible for points.

Results[edit]

Individual ranking (Top-5)[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2009  Alberto Contador (ESP)
Astana
527 pts  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Caisse d'Epargne
483 pts  Samuel Sánchez (ESP)
Euskaltel-Euskadi
357 pts  Andy Schleck (LUX)
Team Saxo Bank
334 pts  Cadel Evans (AUS)
Silence-Lotto
333 pts
2010  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
Team Katusha
561 pts  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
Omega Pharma-Lotto
437 pts  Luis León Sánchez (ESP)
Caisse d'Epargne
413 pts  Cadel Evans (AUS)
BMC Racing Team
390 pts  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
Liquigas-Doimo
390 pts
2011  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
Omega Pharma-Lotto
718 pts  Cadel Evans (AUS)
BMC Racing Team
584 pts  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
Team Katusha
446 pts  Michele Scarponi (ITA)
Lampre-ISD
419 pts  Tony Martin (GER)
HTC-Highroad
349 pts
2012  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
Team Katusha
692 pts  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
Team Sky
601 pts  Tom Boonen (BEL)
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
410 pts  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
Liquigas-Cannondale
400 pts  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Movistar Team
394 pts
2013  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
Team Katusha
607 pts  Chris Froome (GBR)
Team Sky
587 pts  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Movistar Team
540 pts  Peter Sagan (SVK)
Cannondale
491 pts  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
Astana
474 pts
2014  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Movistar Team
686 pts  Alberto Contador (ESP)
Tinkoff-Saxo
620 pts  Simon Gerrans (AUS)
Orica-GreenEDGE
478 pts  Rui Costa (POR)
Lampre-Merida
461 pts  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
Astana
392 pts

Team ranking[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2009 Kazakhstan Astana Spain Caisse d'Epargne United States Team Columbia-High Road
2010 Denmark Team Saxo Bank Italy Liquigas-Doimo Netherlands Rabobank
2011 Belgium Omega Pharma-Lotto United Kingdom Team Sky Luxembourg Leopard Trek
2012 United Kingdom Team Sky Russia Team Katusha Italy Liquigas-Cannondale
2013 Spain Movistar Team United Kingdom Team Sky Russia Team Katusha
2014 Spain Movistar Team United States BMC Racing Team Russia Tinkoff-Saxo

Nation ranking[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2009  Spain  Italy  Australia
2010  Spain  Italy  Belgium
2011  Italy  Belgium  Australia
2012  Spain  Great Britain  Italy
2013  Spain  Italy  Colombia
2014  Spain  Italy  Belgium

Winners by race[edit]

YEAR 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia Tour Down Under Australia Davis Germany Greipel Australia Meyer Australia Gerrans (2/8) Netherlands Slagter Australia Gerrans (5/8) Australia Dennis
France Paris–Nice Spain LL Sánchez (1/3) Spain Contador (3/8) Germany T Martin (2/4) United Kingdom Wiggins (2/5) Australia Porte (1/3) Colombia Betancur Australia Porte (2/3)
Italy Tirreno–Adriatico Italy Scarponi (1/3) Italy Garzelli Australia Evans (2/4) Italy Nibali (2/5) Italy Nibali (3/5) Spain Contador (5/8) Colombia Quintana (3/3)
Italy Milan–San Remo United Kingdom Cavendish Spain Freire Australia Goss (2/2) Australia Gerrans (3/8) Germany Ciolek Norway Kristoff (1/3) Germany Degenkolb (3/4)
Spain Volta a Catalunya Spain Valverde (1/7) Spain Rodríguez (1/6) Italy Scarponi (2/3) Switzerland Albasini Republic of Ireland D Martin (2/4) Spain Rodríguez (5/6) Australia Porte (3/3)
Belgium E3 Harelbeke Part of the UCI Europe Tour Belgium Boonen (3/6) Switzerland Cancellara (4/7) Slovakia Sagan (4/4) United Kingdom Thomas
Belgium Gent–Wevelgem Norway Boasson Hagen (1/5) Austria Eisel Belgium Boonen (2/6) Belgium Boonen (4/6) Slovakia Sagan (2/4) Germany Degenkolb (2/4) Italy Paolini
Belgium Tour of Flanders Belgium Devolder Switzerland Cancellara (2/7) Belgium Nuyens Belgium Boonen (5/6) Switzerland Cancellara (5/7) Switzerland Cancellara (7/7) Norway Kristoff (3/3)
Spain Tour of the Basque Country Spain Contador (1/8) United States Horner (1/2) Germany Klöden Spain S Sánchez Colombia Quintana (1/3) Spain Contador (6/8) Spain Rodríguez (6/6)
France Paris–Roubaix Belgium Boonen (1/6) Switzerland Cancellara (3/7) Belgium Vansummeren Belgium Boonen (6/6) Switzerland Cancellara (6/7) Netherlands Terpstra Germany Degenkolb (4/4)
Netherlands Amstel Gold Race Russia Ivanov Belgium Gilbert (2/10) Belgium Gilbert (4/10) Italy Gasparotto Czech Republic Kreuziger (2/2) Belgium Gilbert (9/10) Poland Kwiatkowski
Belgium La Flèche Wallonne Italy Rebellin Australia Evans (1/4) Belgium Gilbert (5/10) Spain Rodríguez (2/6) Spain Moreno Spain Valverde (4/7) Spain Valverde (6/7)
Belgium Liège–Bastogne–Liège Luxembourg A Schleck (1/2) Kazakhstan Vinokourov Belgium Gilbert (6/10) Kazakhstan Iglinsky Republic of Ireland D Martin (3/4) Australia Gerrans (6/8) Spain Valverde (7/7)
Switzerland Tour de Romandie Czech Republic Kreuziger (1/2) Slovenia Špilak (1/2) Australia Evans (3/4) United Kingdom Wiggins (3/5) United Kingdom Froome (1/6) United Kingdom Froome (4/6) Russia Zakarin
Italy Giro d'Italia Russia Menchov Italy Basso Italy Scarponi (3/3) Canada Hesjedal Italy Nibali (4/5) Colombia Quintana (2/3) Spain Contador (8/8)
France Critérium du Dauphiné Spain Valverde (2/7) Slovenia Brajkovič United Kingdom Wiggins (1/5) United Kingdom Wiggins (4/5) United Kingdom Froome (2/6) United States Talansky United Kingdom Froome (5/6)
Switzerland Tour de Suisse Switzerland Cancellara (1/7) Luxembourg F Schleck United States Leipheimer Portugal Costa (2/4) Portugal Costa (3/4) Portugal Costa (4/4) Slovenia Špilak (2/2)
France Tour de France Spain Contador (2/8) Luxembourg A Schleck (2/2) Australia Evans (4/4) United Kingdom Wiggins (5/5) United Kingdom Froome (3/6) Italy Nibali (5/5) United Kingdom Froome (6/6)
Spain Clásica de San Sebastián Spain Barredo Spain LL Sánchez (2/3) Belgium Gilbert (7/10) Spain LL Sánchez (3/3) France Gallopin Spain Valverde (5/7) United Kingdom A Yates
Poland Tour de Pologne Italy Ballan Republic of Ireland D Martin (1/4) Slovakia Sagan (1/4) Italy Moser Netherlands Weening Poland Majka
BelgiumNetherlands Eneco Tour Norway Boasson Hagen (2/5) Germany T Martin (1/4) Norway Boasson Hagen (3/5) Netherlands Boom Czech Republic Štybar Belgium Wellens
Spain Vuelta a España Spain Valverde (3/7) Italy Nibali (1/5) Spain Cobo Spain Contador (4/8) United States Horner (2/2) Spain Contador (7/8)
Germany Vattenfall Cyclassics United States Farrar (1/2) United States Farrar (2/2) Norway Boasson Hagen (4/5) France Démare Germany Degenkolb (1/4) Norway Kristoff (2/3)
France GP Ouest-France Australia Gerrans (1/8) Australia Goss (1/2) Slovenia Bole Norway Boasson Hagen (5/5) Italy Pozzato France Chavanel
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Not an event France Voeckler Belgium Gilbert (8/10) Australia Gerrans (4/8) Netherlands Gesink (2/2) Australia Gerrans (7/8)
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Not an event Netherlands Gesink (1/2) Portugal Costa (1/4) Norway Nordhaug Slovakia Sagan (3/4) Australia Gerrans (8/8)
Italy Giro di Lombardia Belgium Gilbert (1/10) Belgium Gilbert (3/10) Switzerland Zaugg Spain Rodríguez (3/6) Spain Rodríguez (4/6) Republic of Ireland D Martin (4/4)
China Tour of Beijing Not an event Germany T Martin (3/4) Germany T Martin (4/4) Spain Intxausti Belgium Gilbert (10/10) Not an event

Most race wins[edit]

Rank Cyclist Wins
1. Belgium Philippe Gilbert 10
2. Spain Alberto Contador 8
Australia Simon Gerrans 8
4. Switzerland Fabian Cancellara 7
Spain Alejandro Valverde 7
6. Belgium Tom Boonen 6
United Kingdom Chris Froome 6
Spain Joaquim Rodríguez 6
9. Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen 5
Italy Vincenzo Nibali 5
United Kingdom Bradley Wiggins 5

History of team participation[edit]

Dark grey indicates that the team was not operating in the year in question. Mid-grey indicates that the team was competing at a lower level in the year in question.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Bbox Bouygues Telecom Bbox Bouygues Telecom Team Europcar Team Europcar Team Europcar Team Europcar Team Europcar
Cofidis Cofidis Cofidis Cofidis Cofidis Cofidis Cofidis
Silence-Lotto Omega Pharma-Lotto Omega Pharma-Lotto Lotto-Belisol Lotto-Belisol Lotto-Belisol Lotto-Soudal
Euskaltel-Euskadi Euskaltel-Euskadi Euskaltel-Euskadi Euskaltel-Euskadi Euskaltel-Euskadi
Française des Jeux Française des Jeux[e] FDJ FDJ-BigMat FDJ[f] FDJ.fr FDJ
Caisse d'Epargne Caisse d'Epargne Movistar Team Movistar Team Movistar Team Movistar Team Movistar Team
Lampre-NGC Lampre-Farnese Vini[g] Lampre-ISD Lampre-ISD Lampre-Merida Lampre-Merida Lampre-Merida
Liquigas[h] Liquigas-Doimo Liquigas-Cannondale Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale Cannondale
Quick Step Quick Step Quick Step Omega Pharma-Quick Step Omega Pharma-Quick Step Omega Pharma-Quick Step Etixx-Quick Step
Rabobank Rabobank Rabobank Rabobank Blanco Pro Cycling[i] Belkin Pro Cycling LottoNL-Jumbo
Fuji-Servetto Footon-Servetto-Fuji Geox-TMC
Team Columbia-High Road Team HTC-Columbia HTC-Highroad
Team Saxo Bank Team Saxo Bank Saxo Bank-SunGard Team Saxo Bank[j] Saxo-Tinkoff Tinkoff-Saxo Tinkoff-Saxo
Ag2r-La Mondiale Ag2r-La Mondiale Ag2r-La Mondiale Ag2r-La Mondiale Ag2r-La Mondiale Ag2r-La Mondiale AG2R La Mondiale
Team Milram Team Milram
Astana Astana Astana Astana Astana Astana Astana
Garmin-Slipstream Garmin-Transitions Garmin-Cervélo Garmin-Barracuda[k] Garmin-Sharp Garmin-Sharp Cannondale-Garmin
Team Katusha Team Katusha Team Katusha Team Katusha Team Katusha Team Katusha Team Katusha
Team RadioShack Team RadioShack
Team Sky Team Sky Team Sky Team Sky Team Sky Team Sky
BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team BMC Racing Team
Vacansoleil Vacansoleil Vacansoleil-DCM Vacansoleil-DCM Vacansoleil-DCM
Leopard Trek RadioShack-Nissan RadioShack-Leopard Trek Factory Racing Trek Factory Racing
GreenEDGE[l] Orica-GreenEDGE Orica-GreenEDGE Orica-GreenEDGE
Skil-Shimano Skil-Shimano Skil-Shimano Project 1t4i[m] Argos-Shimano Giant-Shimano Giant-Alpecin
IAM Cycling IAM Cycling IAM Cycling

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The team time trial at the World Championship became part of the World Tour in 2012.
  2. ^ The Tour of Beijing became part of the World Tour in its first year, 2011, but ceased after the 2014 edition. A second race in China, the Tour of Hangzhou, was scheduled for the World Tour in both 2012 and 2013, but cancelled in both years.
  3. ^ The E3 Prijs Vlaanderen — Harelbeke became part of the World Tour in 2012.
  4. ^ a b The Grands Prix in Quebec and Montreal were not part of the initial 2009 series, and had their first editions as part of the 2010 series.
  5. ^ Later in the season known as FDJ.
  6. ^ Later in the season known as FDJ.fr.
  7. ^ Later in the season known as Lampre-Farnese.
  8. ^ Later in the season known as Liquigas-Doimo.
  9. ^ Later in the season known as Belkin Pro Cycling.
  10. ^ Later in the season known as Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.
  11. ^ Later in the season known as Garmin-Sharp.
  12. ^ Later in the season known as Orica-GreenEDGE.
  13. ^ Later in the season known as Argos-Shimano.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCI listing of events and dates for the 2009 calendar". Uci.ch. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  2. ^ ProTour is dead, long live the World Tour Cyclingweekly. Accessed 14-01-11
  3. ^ Presse Release - Registration of UCI ProTeams for the 2011 season UCI. Accessed 14-01-11
  4. ^ "Katusha denied 2013 WorldTour licence". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "CAS orders WorldTour licence for Katusha". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "UCI confirms 19 WorldTour teams for 2013". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  7. ^ UCI confirms 2013 WorldTour calendar VeloNation. Accessed 14-01-11
  8. ^ "UCI Rankings points scale". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 

External links[edit]