UCI Road World Cup
The World Cup in road cycling Men (english UCI Men Road World Cup) was a 1989-2004 discharged from the International Cycling Union UCI series of the most important one-day race of the season and was next to the UCI World Ranking as the most important annual ranking in road cycling men. At the races each points to drivers and teams were awarded that went into a total score. The original purpose of the racing series was the establishment of professional road cycling men even in countries without major traditions or important one-day race and the achievement of greater media attention. This should be achieved mainly through the combination of cycling classics and newer races.
Predecessor of the bike world cup as annual ranking were the Challenge Desgrange - Colombo ( 1948-1958 ) and the Super Prestige Pernod Score ( 1961-1987 ). The wheel by the UCI World Cup from 2005 was replaced by the so-called UCI ProTour, under which in addition to all previous World Cup races additional one-day races and various stage races are held.
Over time, various one-day races were part of the cycling World Cup, which were later removed again from the program; was also the number of the races is not constant. Since the 1997 season, however, the cycling World Cup consisted of 10 races and took place in three time periods with five, three and two races instead of (the order of the individual race while sometimes varied ):
- In spring ( mid-March to end of April): Italy Milan - Sanremo
- Belgium Tour of Flanders
- France Paris -Roubaix
- The Netherlands Amstel Gold Race
- Belgium Liege -Bastogne- Liege
- In late summer ( from beginning to end of August): Germany HEW cyclassics or United Kingdom Rochester Classic (1997)
- Spain Clasica San Sebastian
- Championship of Zurich Switzerland
- In the fall ( early to mid -October): France Paris -Tours
- Italy Tour of Lombardy
To start in all the races of the cycling World Cup Automatically were all GSI team; Furthermore, the race organizers were able to invite up to three additional teams in the categories GSII or GSIII.
The overall ranking of the cycling World Cup for drivers based on different points awards at each race and after the race:
Starting in 1997, the rule was that a driver in order to be counted in the final standings, had to have attended at least 6 of the 10 ten races.
For the team competition, the three best-placed driver of a team counted in each race after the finish and adds their positions to a total value. The team with the lowest overall value then got 12 points for the team title, the. 9 with the second lowest, and then the worse place teams each received one point less Kamen less than three riders of a team to the finish, it was not counted this team.
Starting in 1997, the rule was that a team to be counted in the final standings, had participated in at least 8 of the 10 ten races.
After each race were added to points on the current status for each driver who won. The respective leading riders in the overall standings of the cycling World Cup a special jersey was then presented. He was obliged this jersey in the remaining races of the cycling World Cup so long to take the lead as he paused in the overall standings.
- Most wins in the drivers' standings: Italy Paolo Bettini ( 3)
- Most wins in the team standings: Italy Mapei ( with changing co-sponsors ) (5)
- Most wins in World Cup races: Belgium Johan Museeuw (11 )
- Most wins in World Cup races in one season: Italy Paolo Bettini (3 in 2003)
- Most wins in a World Cup race: Germany Erik Zabel (4 wins in Italy Milan - Sanremo )