Pro Cycling – Jan & Feb 2017

As a massive geek, it isn’t surprising that one of my favourite sports is pro cycling.  As a completely normal human being, I also love spreadsheets…

To that end, I’ve been compiling a spreadsheet on the pro cycling season to date and will do so over the whole season.  For those of you who are interested, I’ll post a little summary of the stats I’ve found at the end of each month and then a huge summary at the end of the season.

The monthly summaries will include the riders with the most:

  • Races won
  • Stage wins
  • One-day wins
  • Days in the lead of a stage race
  • Distance won – e.g. if a race covers 100km, then the rider counts as having ‘won’ 100km.  This only counts for stage wins and one-day wins, not winning a stage race overall.

I’ll also do a cumulative monthly tally for all of the above.

By the way, all credit for the raw information I find goes to http://www.procyclingstats.com/.

For those who understand cycling race ranking, I will be including .2 ranked races in my stats.

 

January – Men

January is traditionally the quietest time of year for pro cycling with most of the races happening in the ‘new world’.  Four stage races began and ended in January, including the World Tour ranked Tour Down Under.  In addition there were 10 one-day races, including four National Championships and the World Tour ranked Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

  • Races won – Caleb Ewan of Orica Scott with 4 wins, all stages at the Tour Down Under
  • Stage wins – Caleb Ewan, as above
  • One-day wins – Tim Wellens of Lotto Soudal with 2, both Challenge Majorca races
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – John Nava with 6 days at the 2.2 ranked Vuelta al Táchira en Bicicleta
  • Distance won – Caleb Ewan with 502km

My Rider of the month – it has to be Caleb Ewan

 

January – Women

Pro cycling isn’t just about the men, there is a thriving women’s scene as well.  January saw the Santos Women’s Tour and five one-day races.

  • Races won – three tied on two wins each
  • Stage wins – Kirsten Wild of Cylance Pro Cycling with 2 stages at the Santos Womens’ Tour
  • One-day wins – Katrin Garfoot who won the Australian Titles in the Road Race and Time Trial
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – Amanda Spratt of Orica-Scott who ended up winning the Santos Women’s Tour
  • Distance won – Katrin Garfoot of Orica Scott with 131.1km

My Rider of the month – Amanda Spratt

 

February – Men

February kicks off the main racing in Europe, as well as there being a fair amount in the Middle-East.  This month saw 13 races predominately happen with it, including the world tour ranked Abu Dhabi Tour.  For one-day racing there were 29 races, including the world tour ranked Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

  • Races won – Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha-Alpecin with 4 wins, including one at the Etoile de Bessèges and three at the Tour of Oman
  • Stage wins – Kristoff as above
  • One-day wins – Till Drobisch and Ahmed Almine Galdoune with two wins each
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – Ryan Gibbons of Dimension Data with six days in the lead at the Tour de Langkawi and eventually winning the overall
  • Distance won – Kristoff with 577.1km

My Rider of the month – Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors, winning three stages in style at the middle east, back to his best after a terrible 2016

Totting up January and February’s results, the overall rankings are:

  • Races won – Caleb Ewan with five
  • Stage wins – Ewan again with five
  • One-day wins – the leaders for January and February all tied on two
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – John Nava and Ryan Gibbons on six
  • Distance won – Marcel Kittel with 646
  • Stage Races won – everyone who has won a stage race tied on one!

 

February – Women

No stage races for the women in February but there were 13 one-day races, although most were National or Continental Championships.  This means very little of interest on the stats!

  • Races won – multiple riders on two each
  • Stage wins – N/A
  • One-day wins – multiple riders on two each
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – N/A
  • Distance won – Heidi Dalton with 128.7 from her winning ride at the South African National Champtionships

My Rider of the Month – Lucinda Brand of Team Sunweb for her winning ride at the women’s edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

 

Totting up January and February’s results, the overall rankings are:

  • Races won – Lots of riders on two
  • Stage wins – Kirsten Wild on two
  • One-day wins – Lots of riders on two
  • Days in the lead of a stage race – Amanda Spratt on three
  • Distance won – 
  • Stage Races won – Amanda Spratt on one!

 

Thanks for reading and if you are interested in any other stats that you would like to see, please let me know.

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