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2015 Season Stats

– Fabio Aru is the sole rider to have finished on the podium in two Grand Tours (second in Giro d’Italia and first in Vuelta a España)

– The only cyclist to win two Monuments is John Degenkolb (Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix)

– Alejandro Valverde finished first in the World Tour standings for the fourth time in his career, a new record; Movistar won the team classification, while Spain topped the nations standings

– Alexander Kristoff landed 20 victories, the most of any rider throughout the season

– Etixx-Quick Step took the most wins in 2015 – 50 – while Sky has the most World Tour victories, 19

– LottoNL-Jumbo is the team with the fewest wins in the past season: 6

– Of the top two divisions teams, only Colombia-Coldeportes failed to take a victory

– Martijn Keizer is the riders with the most racing days in 2015: 99

– Astana, BMC, Katusha, Lampre-Merida and Sky are the five teams which scored at least a stage success in each of the three Grand Tours

– Europcar is the Pro Continental team with the most World Tour wild cards: 16

– 26 neo-pros notched a victory in 2015: Scott Ambrose, Carlos Barbero, Thomas Boudat, Emanuel Buchmann, Caleb Ewan, Alexander Foliforov, Dylan Groenewegen, Sondre Holst Enger, Quentin Jauregui, Brenton Jones, Ilia Koshevoy, Stefan Küng, Pierre-Roger Latour, Miguel Angel Lopez, Lorrenzo Manzin, Jakub Mareczko, Nicolas Marini, Dan McLay, Oliver Naesen, Luka Pibernik, Leszek Plucinski, Marc Sarreau, Robin Stenuit, Mike Teunissen, Anthony Turgis and Eugert Zhupa

Best race of the 2015 season

2016 Tour de France

Stage 1 – Mont-Saint-Michel-Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – 188 km (July 2nd)

Stage 2 – Saint Lô-Cherbourg-Octeville – 182 km (July 3rd)

Stage 3 – Grenville-Angers – 222 km (July 4th)

Stage 4 – Saumur-Limoges – 232 km (July 5th)

Stage 5 – Limoges-Le Lioran – 216 km (July 6th)

Stage 6 – Arpajon-sur-Cère-Montauban – 187 km (July 7th)

Stage 7 – L’Isle-Jourdain-Lac de Payolle – 162 km (July 8th)

Stage 8 – Pau-Bagnères-de-Luchon – 183 km (July 9th)

Le Tour 2016 Bagnères-de-Luchon

Stage 9 – Vielha Val d’Aran-Andorre Arcalis – 184 km (July 10th)

Le Tour 2016 Andorra Arcalis

Stage 10 – Escaldes-Engordany-Revel – 198 km (July 12th)

Stage 11 – Carcassone-Montpellier – 164 km (July 13th)

Stage 12 – Montpellier-Mont Ventoux – 185 km (July 14th)

Stage 13 – Bourg Saint-Andréol-La Caverne du Pont d’Arc – 37 km (July 15th)

Le Tour 2016 La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc

Stage 14 – Montélimar-Villars-les-Dombes – 208 km (July 16th)

Stage 15 – Bourg-en-Bresse-Culoz – 159 km (July 17th)

Le Tour 2016 Culoz

Stage 16 – Moirans-en-Montagne–Berne – 206 km (July 18th)

Stage 17 – Berne-Finhaut-Emosson – 184 km (July 20th)

Le Tour 2016 Finhaut-Emosson

Stage 18 – Sallanches-Megève – 17 km (July 21st)

Megève

Stage 19 – Albertville-Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc – 146 km (July 22nd)

Le Tour 2016 Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Stage 20 – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Morzine – 146 km (July 23rd)

Le Tour 2016 Morzine

Stage 21 – Chantilly-Paris Champs-Élysées – 113 km (July 24th)

Best neo-pro of the 2015 season

Retired World Tour and Pro Continental riders in 2015

Name Age Team Best result of the season
Ivan Basso 37 Tinkoff-Saxo 17th in Gran Premio di Lugano
Giovanni Bernaudeau 32 Europcar 2nd in Tropicale Amissa Bongo
Hilton Clarke 36 UnitedHealthcare ――――――――――
Francis De Greef 30 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 7th in stage 4 of Tour of Norway
Kevin De Weert 33 LottoNL-Jumbo 47th in stage 1 of Volta ao Algarve
Aleksandr Dyachenko 32 Astana 5th in stage 7 of Tour of Hainan
Jimmy Engoulvent 35 Europcar 4th in Tro-Bro Leon
Cadel Evans 37 BMC 3rd in Tour Down Under
Campbell Flakemore 23 BMC 4th at the National Championships
Robert Förster 37 UnitedHealthcare 7th in stage 4 of Tour de Slovenie
Davide Frattini 37 UnitedHealthcare 24th in stage 1 of World Ports Classic
John Gadret 36 Movistar 7th in stage 6 of Criterium du Dauphiné
Anthony Geslin 35 FDJ 8th in Paris-Camembert
Florian Guillou 32 Bretagne-Séché 25th in stage 2 of Tropicale Amissa Bongo
Ken Hanson 33 UnitedHealthcare 5th in stage 4 of Tour de Langkawi
Vincent Jérôme 31 Europcar 17th in E3 Harelbeke
Ted King 32 Cannondale-Garmin 12th at the National Championships
Alexander Kolobnev 34 Katusha 26th in Le Samyn
Brett Lancaster 36 Orica-GreenEdge 36th in Vuelta a la Rioja
Darren Lapthorne 32 Drapac 11th in stage 2 of Tour de Taiwan
Pablo Lastras 39 Movistar 25th in stage 4 of Tour Down Under
Bjorn Leukemans 38 Wanty-Groupe Gobert Won Ronde van Limburg
Klaas Lodewyck 27 BMC 6th in Handzame Classic
Maxime Mederel 35 Europcar 19th in Criterium International
Daan Olivier 22 Giant-Alpecin 18th in Vuelta a Murcia
Alessandro Petacchi 41 Southeast 4th in stage 8 of Tour of Turkey
Andrea Piechiele 28 Bardiani 2nd in stage 7 of Tour of Turkey
Jérome Pineau 35 IAM Cycling 8th in stage 1B of Ruta del Sol
Mattia Pozzo 26 Nippo-Vini Fantini 4th in stage 3 of Tour of Qinghai Lake
Thomas Raeymaekers 22 Novo Nordisk ――――――――――
Dominique Rollin 33 Cofidis 27th in stage 2 of Paris-Nice
Hayden Roulston 34 Trek Factory Racing 21st in Cadel Evans Road Race
Cristiano Salerno 30 Bora-Argon 18 22nd in stage 4 of Criterium du Dauphiné
Emanuele Sella 34 Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 16th in stage 5 of Vuelta al Tachira
Gert Steegmans 34 Trek Factory Racing 13th in stage 1 of Tour of Oman
Simone Stortoni 30 Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 9th in Tour de Slovenie
Simon Strobel 29 Novo Nordisk 42nd in stage 2 of Volta do Rio Grande do Sul
James Vanlandschoot 37 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 7th in stage 3 of Tour de Luxembourg
Arthur Vanoverberghe 25 Topsport Vlaanderen 21st in Grand Prix La Marseillaise
Kristof Vandewalle 30 Trek Factory Racing 3rd at the ITT National Championships
Jussi Veikkanen 34 FDJ 2nd at the National Championships
Romain Zingle 28 Cofidis ――――――――――

Rider of the week

Paris-Tours, the most underrated Classic in terms of prestige, was won this year by Matteo Trentin, one of the most underrated one-day riders of the current peloton, who found a great way to end his season, during which he raced 78 days, for a total of more than 13 000 kilometers. The 26-year-old cyclist was in a fantastic shape now that the season was reaching its conclusion, with a stage victory in the Tour of Britain, as well as two podiums in Coppa Bernocchi and Gran Piemonte, where he was each time among the most strongest riders in the race.

As always, the 231 km-long Paris-Tours was a fast and eventful race right from the start, with attacks galore and a thrilling finish, which saw a two-man battle between Trentin and Tosh Van Der Sande, after Greg Van Avermaet, the other rider to attack in the group, had a flat tire that took him out of contention. In the end, despite leading out for the last kilometer, the Etixx-Quick Step cyclist still had enough left in the tank to outsprint Lotto-Soudal’s Belgian and score his first win in a one-day race.

Besides the victory he landed on Sunday, Matteo Trentin also received the Ruban Jaune, which rewards the cyclist who records the fastest average speed in a cycling race of over 200 kilometers, this being for the ninth time in history that this honour goes to the winner of Paris-Tours (49,641 km/h in 2015). More important, after confirming he has what it takes to be a protagonist and taste success in the Classics, the Italian could now become one of Etixx-Quick Step’s protected riders for the 2016 Spring campaign, when he could get a chance to confirm last week’s victory by adding a Monument to his growing palmares.

Best rider of the 2015 season

2015 Final World Tour Standings

Individual

1 – Alejandro Valverde – 675 points

2 – Joaquim Rodriguez – 474 points

3 – Nairo Quintana – 457 points

4 – Alexander Kristoff – 453 points

5 – Fabio Aru – 448 points

6 – Chris Froome – 430 points

7 – Alberto Contador – 407 points

8 – Rui Costa – 324 points

9 – Greg Van Avermaet – 324 points

10 – Thibaut Pinot – 319 points

11 – Richie Porte – 314 points

12 – John Degenkolb – 302 points

13 – Rigoberto Uran – 301 points

14 – Geraint Thomas – 283 points

15 – Tom Dumoulin – 271 points

16 – Simon Spilak – 269 points

17 – Peter Sagan – 257 points

18 – Domenico Pozzovivo – 242 points

19 – Vincenzo Nibali – 232 points

20 – Michael Matthews – 321 points

Teams

1 – Movistar – 1619 points

2 – Katusha – 1614 points

3 – Sky – 1378 points

4 – Etixx-Quick Step – 1158 points

5 – Astana – 1106 points

6 – BMC – 1010 points

7 – Tinkoff-Saxo – 925 points

8 – Orica-GreenEdge – 845 points

9 – Lotto-Soudal – 832 points

10 – Giant-Alpecin – 773 points

11 – AG2R – 617 points

12 – Lampre-Merida – 586 points

13 – Trek Factory Racing – 529 points

14 – FDJ – 499 points

15 – LottoNL-Jumbo – 485 points

16 – Cannondale-Garmin – 390 points

17 – IAM Cycling – 229 points

Nations

1 – Spain – 1945 points

2 – Italy – 1106 points

3 – Colombia – 1099 points

4 – Great Britain – 1041 points

5 – Belgium – 905 points

6 – France – 881 points

7 – Netherlands – 848 points

8 – Australia – 777 points

9 – Germany – 587 points

10 – Norway – 453 points

11 – Poland – 376 points

12 – Portugal – 355 points

13 – Czech Republic – 306 points

14 – Slovenia – 294 points

15 – Switzerland – 270 points

16 – Russia – 257 points

17 – Slovakia – 257 points

18 – U.S.A. – 158 points

19 – Denmark – 111 points

20 – Ireland – 111 points

2016 Giro d’Italia

Stage 1 – Apeldoorn-Apeldoorn – 9,8 km (May 6th)

Giro 2016 Apeldoorn

Stage 2 – Arnhem-Nijmegen – 190 km (May 7th)

Giro 2016 Nijmegen

Stage 3 – Nijmegen-Arnhem – 189 km (May 8th)

Giro 2016 Arnhem

Stage 4 – Catanzaro-Praia a Mare – 191 km (May 10th)

Giro 2016 Praia a Mare

Stage 5 – Praia a Mare-Benevento – 233 km (May 11th)

Giro 2016 Benevento

Stage 6 – Ponte-Roccaraso – 165 km (May 12th)

Giro 2016 Roccaraso

Stage 7 – Sulmona-Foligno – 210 km (May 13th)

Giro 2016 Foligno

Stage 8 – Foligno-Arezzo – 169 km (May 14th)

Giro 2016 Arezzo

Stage 9 – Radda in Chianti-Greve in Chianti – 40,4 km (May 15th)

Giro 2016 Greve in Chianti

Stage 10 – Campi Besenzio-Sestola – 216 km (May 17th)

Giro 2016 Sestola

Stage 11 – Modena-Asolo – 212 km (May 18th)

Giro 2016 Asolo

Stage 12 – Noale-Bibione – 168 km (May 19th)

Giro 2016 Bibione

Stage 13 – Palmanova-Cividale del Friuli – 161 km (May 20th)

Giro 2016 Cividale del Friuli

Stage 14 – Alpago-Corvaro – 210 km (May 21st)

Giro 2016 Corvara

Stage 15 – Castelrotto-Alpe di Siusi – 10,8 km (May 22nd)

Giro 2016 Alpe di Siusi

Stage 16 – Bressanone-Andalo – 133 km (May 24th)

Giro 2016 Andalo

Stage 17 – Molveno-Cassano d’Adda – 196 km (May 25th)

Giro 2016 Cassano d'Adda

Stage 18 – Muggio-Pinerolo – 234 km (May 26th)

Giro 2016 Pinerolo

Stage 19 – Pinerolo-Risoul – 161 km (May 27th)

Giro 2016 Risoul

Stage 20 – Guillestre-Sant’Anna di Vinadio – 134 km (May 28th)

Giro 2016 Sant'Anna di Vinadio

Stage 21 – Cuneo-Torino – 150 km (May 29th)

Giro 2016 Torino

Rider of the week

He’s only 30-years-old, but Vincenzo Nibali already can be regarded as a cycling legend, considering he’s won all three Grand Tours and the Giro di Lombardia, thus becoming only he fourth rider in history to do this feat, following Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. Going into the season’s final Monument with high ambitions and an excellent form, underlined by his recent victory in Tre Valli Varesine, just 24 hours after returning from the Richmond World Championships, the Italian champion was keen on doing everything he could to finally land a victory that has eluded him in the past seasons.

The overwhelming favourite at the start of the 109th Giro di Lombardia, Vincenzo Nibali made an excellent race, especially tactically, and ended his season on a high note, helped by an incredible team of Astana, with Mikel Landa and Diego Rosa ready to chase down every opponent and pull for him on the arduous climbs of a parcours which was dubbed by many as the toughest and the most thrilling in the history of the Classic.

Maybe Nibali wasn’t the best on the uphill, but he surely was by far the best descender in the group, making the most out of his skills once the Civiglio ascent was over, with 16 kilometers to go, and pushing himself to the limit on each hairpin. After giving it all on that terrain and extending his lead to more than 40 seconds, the Astana rider begin to lose some of this chunk on San Fermo della Battaglia, but his victory was still assured, as he entered the last three kilometers with a 15-second advantage over Daniel Moreno.

By winning the “Classic of the Falling Leaves” the way he did, Vincenzo Nibali – who took Italy’s first Monument victory in seven years – showed again his class, because even when on a day he wasn’t the strongest one out there, he was still capable of inventing something to surprise his opponents and take a Monumental triumph, which proved, once again, that he’s the most versatile Grand Tour cyclist of the current peloton.

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