Pro Cycling – March 2017

March is one of the busiest months in professional cycling, so it has taken a long time to get all the data together! It has been worth it though hand some interesting patterns are starting to emerge.

 

For those who didn’t see last month’s editions, I count all races in my stats, including National Championships, Continental Championships and .2 ranked events.  I have data on most possible things you could want in my database so if you want to know anything that isn’t below, please let me know.  As ever the main source for my data (about 95%) comes from http://www.procyclingstats.com/

 

Men – March

Number of races:

  • Stage Races – 13, including three World Tour Races – Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta Catalunya
  • Stages – 75
  • One Day Races – 25, including 5 World Tour Races – Strade Bianche, Milano-San Remo, Dwars Door Vlaanderan, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem

 

Individual Rider Achievements:

  • Most One-Day Wins – Joint on two wins – Michael Kwiatkowski, Sean Lake, Greg van Avermaet and Laurent Pichon
  • Most Stage Wins – Alejandro Valverde with 3 wins, all at the Volta Catalunya
  • Most Wins Overall – Tied on three wins – Alejandro Valverde and Laurent Pichon
  • Most Days in Lead – Anthony Delaplace with 6 Days in the Lead at the Tour of Normandy
  • Most Distance Won – Alejandro Valverde with 509km

 

Team Achievements

  • Most Stage Races – Movistar with two – Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta Catalunya
  • Most One-Day Wins – Tied on two between five teams
  • Most Stage Wins – Quick-Step Floors with five
  • Most Wins Overall – Quick-Step Floors and BMC tied on six
  • Most Days in Lead – Fortuneo – Vital Concept with seven
  • Most Distance Won – Quick-Step Floors with 825.4km

 

Country Achievements

  • Most Stage Races – Colombia, France and Spain tied on two
  • Most One-Day Wins – France with five
  • Most Stage Wins – France with 12
  • Most Wins Overall – France with 17
  • Most Days in Lead – France with 16
  • Most Distance Won – France with 2611.2

 

My Rider of the Month – Michael Kwiatkowski with his wins at Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo

 

Women – March

Number of races:

  • Stage Races – 2 that started in March (one of these finished in April)
  • Stages – 6
  • One Day Races – 10, including four Women’s World Tour Races – Strade Bianche, Ronde van Drenthe, Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Gent-Wevelgem

 

Individual Rider Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – Lotta Lepisto with wins at Dwars Door Vlaanderan and Gent-Wevelgem
  • Most Stage Wins – Ruth Winder with two at the Joe Martin Stage Race
  • Most Wins Overall – the above both on two
  • Most Days in Lead – Ruth Winder and Cecilie Ludwig, both on two
  • Most Distance Won – Lepisto with 260.4km

 

Team Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – three teams on two each
  • Most Stage Wins – United Healthcare with two
  • Most Wins Overall – four teams on two each
  • Most Days in Lead – Cervelo-Bigla and United Healthcare with two each
  • Most Distance Won – Cervelo-Bigla with 260.4km

 

Country Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – Australia with four
  • Most Stage Wins – USA with two
  • Most Wins Overall – Australia with four
  • Most Days in Lead – Denmark and USA with two each
  • Most Distance Won – Australia with 410.5km

 

My Rider of the Month – Lepisto with her two excellent wins in the Belgian Classics

 

Men – Seasons-to Date

Individual Rider Achievements:

  • Most One-Day Wins – Greg van Avermeat with three
  • Most Stage Wins – Kristoff, Ewan and Kittel with five each
  • Most Wins Overall – the three above plus Valverde on five each
  • Most Days in Lead – Nava, Delaplace and Gibbons on six
  • Most Distance Won – Kristoff with 770.6km
  • Most Stage Races Won – Calemanje, Quintana and Valverde with two each
  • Most Individual Time Trials Won – Rohan Dennis with two

 

Team Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – BMC Racing with five
  • Most Stage Wins – Quick-Step Floors with 16
  • Most Wins Overall – Quick-Step Floors with 18
  • Most Days in Lead – BMC Racing with 18
  • Most Distance Won – Quick-Step Floors with 2594.8km
  • Most Stage Races Won – Movistar with five
  • Most Team Time Trials Won – BMC Racings with two

 

Country Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – Belgium with eight
  • Most Stage Wins – France with 24
  • Most Wins Overall – France with 31
  • Most Days in Lead – France with 21
  • Most Distance Won – France with 4584.2km
  • Most Stage Races Won – Australia and France with five

 

My Rider of the Season so far – Joint at the moment with Valverde and Van Avermaet

 

Women – Seasons-to Date

Individual Rider Achievements:

  • Most One-Day Wins – Multiple riders on two each
  • Most Stage Wins – Multiple riders on two each
  • Most Wins Overall – Multiple riders on two each
  • Most Days in Lead – Amanda Spratt with three
  • Most Distance Won – Lepisto with 260.4km

 

Team Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – Multiple teams on two each
  • Most Stage Wins – Multiple teams on three each
  • Most Wins Overall – Multiple teams on two each
  • Most Days in Lead – Orica-Scott with three
  • Most Distance Won – Wiggle-High5 with 376km

 

Country Achievements

  • Most One-Day Wins – Australia with six
  • Most Stage Wins – Australia with four
  • Most Wins Overall – Australia with 10
  • Most Days in Lead – Australia with three
  • Most Distance Won – Australia with 774.1km

 

My Rider of the Season so far – Lepisto with her two Belgian Classic wins

 

Thoughts and Analysis

In men’s cycling, no one individual rider has begun to dominate the seasons so far, though Valverde and Van Avermaet have come close.  In terms of teams, the high fliers are:

  • Quick-Step Floors with their usual haul of wins, though unusually a high proportion of these are from stages
  • BMC Racing who are really picking off the one-day races, as well as Richie Porte winning stages earlier in the season
  • Movistar who are the premier stage racing team at the moment

In terms of nations, it is no surprise that France is dominating, particularly as there have been a lot of French races in March.

 

For women, there still haven’t really been enough races for any patterns to emerge.  Although Australia is dominating in terms of nations, bear in mind that the Australian nationals and the Tour Down Under make up a high proportion of the races so far.  From April onwards there are a lot more racing days and we will see a much clearer picture emerge.

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