UCI Road World Cup

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UCI Road World Cup
Formerly Super Prestige Pernod International
Sport Road bicycle racing
Inaugural season 1989 (1989)
Ceased 2004
Replaced by UCI ProTour
Countries World
Most titlesFlag of Italy.svg  Paolo Bettini  (ITA) (3)

The UCI Road World Cup was a season-long road cycling competition held since 1989 till 2004 and comprising ten one-day events.

Road bicycle racing bicycle racing sport

Road bicycle racing is the cycle sport discipline of road cycling, held on paved roads. Road racing is the most popular professional form of bicycle racing, in terms of numbers of competitors, events and spectators. The two most common competition formats are mass start events, where riders start simultaneously and race to set finish point; and time trials, where individual riders or teams race a course alone against the clock. Stage races or "tours" take multiple days, and consist of several mass-start or time-trial stages ridden consecutively.



The competition was inaugurated in 1989, and replaced the Super Prestige Pernod International. In the first three years, the competition was sponsored by Perrier. The competition determined a winning individual, and a winning team

The Super Prestige Pernod International was a season-long competition in road bicycle racing between 1958 and 1988.

Perrier trademark

Perrier is a French brand of natural bottled mineral water captured at the source in Vergèze, located in the Gard département. Perrier is best known for its naturally occurring carbonation, distinctive green bottle, and higher levels of carbonation than its peers.

The record number of wins was Paolo Bettini's three consecutive wins in 2002, 2003, and the last edition in 2004. Three riders won the competition twice: Maurizio Fondriest (1991 and 1993), Johan Museeuw (1995 and 1996) and Michele Bartoli (1997 and 1998).

Paolo Bettini road bicycle racer

Paolo Bettini is an Italian former champion road racing cyclist, and the former coach of the Italian national cycling team. Considered the best classics specialist of his generation, and probably one of the strongest of all times, he won gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics road race and in the 2006 and 2007 World Road Race Championships. He is nicknamed Il Grillo for his repeated sudden attacks and his sprinting style.

Maurizio Fondriest professional cyclist

Maurizio Fondriest is a retired Italian professional road racing cyclist.

Johan Museeuw road bicycle racer

Johan Museeuw is a retired Belgian professional road racing cyclist who was a professional from 1988 until 2004. Nicknamed The Lion of Flanders, he was particularly successful in the cobbled classics of Flanders and Northern France and was considered one of the best classic races specialists of the 1990s.

The competition was run in parallel to the UCI Road World Rankings, which included all UCI sanctioned events. Both were replaced at the end of the 2004 season with the inauguration of the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits.

The UCI Road World Rankings was a men's system of ranking road bicycle racers based upon the results in all UCI-sanctioned races over a twelve-month period. The world rankings were first instituted by the UCI in 1984.

The UCI ProTour was a series of road bicycle races in Europe, Australia and Canada organised by the UCI. Created by Hein Verbruggen, former president of the UCI, it comprises a number of 'ProTour' cycling teams, each of whom are required to compete in every round of the series. It was initially the basis of a season long competition for rankings points, created for 2005 to replace the UCI Road World Cup series, which ended at the end of the 2004 season. The ProTour was the subject of continuing disputes involving the UCI, cycling teams, and the organizers of the world's most prominent bicycle races, and in 2009 and 2010 the ranking element of the ProTour was superseded by the UCI World Ranking. For 2011, the ProTour and World Ranking were fully merged into the UCI World Tour. ProTour status for teams – relabelled UCI ProTeams – will continue as the highest level of registration, and will carry the right and obligation to participate in all World Tour races.

The UCI Continental Circuits are continental circuits for a series of road bicycle racing competitions since 2005. The five circuits are a tier below the UCI World Tour. Both the World Tour and the Continental Circuits comprise a series of races in which various cycling teams compete regularly. It was introduced by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to provide an adequate and realistic context in order to encourage the expansion of cycling, everywhere in the world.


Permanent events
Milan–San Remo Italian one-day cycling race, one of the five monuments

Milan–San Remo, also called "The Spring classic" or "La Classicissima", is an annual cycling race between Milan and Sanremo, in Northwest Italy. With a distance of 298 km it is the longest professional one-day race in modern cycling. It is the first major classic race of the season, usually held on the third Saturday of March. The first edition was held in 1907.

Tour of Flanders Belgian one-day cycling race, one of the five monuments

The Tour of Flanders, also known as De Ronde, is an annual road cycling race held in Belgium every spring. The most important cycling race in Flanders, it is part of the UCI World Tour and organized by Flanders Classics. Its nickname is Vlaanderens Mooiste. First held in 1913, the Tour of Flanders had its 100th edition in 2016.

Liège–Bastogne–Liège Belgian one-day cycling race

Liège–Bastogne–Liège, often called La Doyenne, is a one-day classic cycling race in Belgium. First run in 1892, it is the oldest of the five Monuments of the European professional road cycling calendar; usually coming as the last of the spring classics. It is held annually in late April, in the Ardennes region of Belgium, from Liège to Bastogne and back.

Other events

Wincanton Classic was a cycling classic taking place in the United Kingdom as part of the UCI Road World Cup.

The Grand Prix des Nations was an individual time trial for both professional and amateur racing cyclists. Held annually in Cannes, France, it was instituted in 1932 and often regarded as the unofficial time trial championship of the world and as a Classic cycle race. The race was the idea of a Parisian newspaper editor called Gaston Bénac. The beret-wearing sports editor was looking for a race to make a name for Paris-Soir, the biggest French evening paper before the war.

The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race is an annual professional road bicycle racing classic one-day race held in the city of Utsunomiya in Japan since 1992. The race usually held in October each year. It is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 1.HC race as part of the UCI Asia Tour.


1989 Kelly, Sean Sean Kelly  (IRL) PDM–Concorde
1990 Bugno, Gianni Gianni Bugno  (ITA) Chateau d'Ax–Salotti
1991 Fondriest, Maurizio Maurizio Fondriest  (ITA) Panasonic–Sportlife
1992 Ludwig, Olaf Olaf Ludwig  (GER) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Fondriest, Maurizio Maurizio Fondriest  (ITA) Lampre–Polti
1994 Bortolami, Gianluca Gianluca Bortolami  (ITA) Mapei–CLAS
1995 Museeuw, Johan Johan Museeuw  (BEL) Mapei–GB–Latexco
1996 Museeuw, Johan Johan Museeuw  (BEL) Mapei–GB
1997 Bartoli, Michele Michele Bartoli  (ITA) MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Bartoli, Michele Michele Bartoli  (ITA) Asics–CGA
1999 Tchmil, Andrei Andrei Tchmil  (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
2000 Zabel, Erik Erik Zabel  (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Dekker, Erik Erik Dekker  (NED) Rabobank
2002 Bettini, Paolo Paolo Bettini  (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Bettini, Paolo Paolo Bettini  (ITA) Quick-Step–Davitamon
2004 Bettini, Paolo Paolo Bettini  (ITA) Quick-Step–Davitamon

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