The 2023 Men’s and Women’s WorldTour is a wrap and Cyclingnews dug deep into the data, pulling out a wide variety of statistics, notes and oddball facts.
First, let’s get to the basic stats of which teams and riders were the most successful before digging deeper into the data from the season.
We’ll start with the UCI’s World Rankings. The individual rankings are based on a rolling 12-month window of results, with riders earning points for everything from stage or one-day race finishes, overall classifications of stage races, leading a stage race, and for Grand Tours, winning the points or mountains classification. It also includes national, continental, and world championships and regional games.
There are also team rankings which, for men, are based on each team’s top 20 scoring riders, and for women are based on each team’s top 8 riders.
With wide-ranging success from the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne and Il Lombardia to podiums at the Tour de France and Worlds, Tadej Pogačar topped the men’s individual rankings.
Demi Vollering and her SD Worx teammates wrote the definition of the word dominance in 2023. Vollering walked away with the most individual wins and points after hardly putting a foot wrong all year.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Men’s WorldTour||Women’s WorldTour|
|#1 Ranked Rider||Tadej Pogačar||Demi Vollering|
|#1 Ranked Team||UAE Team Emirates||SD Worx|
|Most wins||Jasper Philipsen (19)||Demi Vollering (17)|
|Average race days/rider||56.9||36.4|
|Average kilometres raced/rider||9,279||4,153|
We focused on the top 22 teams in the men’s World Rankings – these are the teams most likely to be seeking a place in the WorldTour in the next promotion/relegation round at the end of 2025 – and the top 18 women’s teams, most of which are seeking WorldTour status in 2024.
UAE Team Emirates topped the UCI World Rankings for teams in 2023, scoring a massive 30,958 points. They finished ahead of Jumbo-Visma, who won the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and swept the podium in the Vuelta a España, largely due to Pogačar’s victories in the Monuments and podiums at the Tour de France and UCI Road World Championships. Soudal-Quickstep were the next best with 18,698.
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