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List of Cycling Statistics

The sport of cycling has many statistics to record the numerous races, stage races, etc., that professional cyclists compete in every year. The statistics in this sport range from average speed, terrain, general classification standings, King of the Mountain points, and much more. Most of the statistics recorded are used in both a stage race and a one-day race, but a few statistics are specifically for stage races, like the Tour de France.

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Cycling Statistics

  • Stage Race: A multi-day cycling race, taking place over a wide range of time, distance, and terrain. A Grand Tour is one of three major European professional cycling stage races. The three are the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a España.
  • Classic Cycle Race: A prestigious, one day, professional cycling road race. Some one-day races aren't considered 'classics,' so they are simply called a Cycling Race.
  • Total Distance: The distance that a rider has gone throughout a race, tour, year, career, etc.
  • Total Time: The amount of time a rider has spent cycling throughout a race, tour, year, career, etc.
  • Average Speed: The average speed of a cyclist throughout a race, tour, year, career, etc. This statistic is measured in kilometers per hour (KPH). The average speed of a cyclist at the Tour de France is usually about 40 KPH.
  • General Classification: This category tracks overall times and points for cyclists throughout a stage race (multi-day cycling race). Each stage has a winner, but the overall winner is the leader in these standings - the rider who has the fastest time throughout the stage race.
  • Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI): The UCI is the world governing body for cycling. They handle international competition and enforce disciplinary rules. They also have world rankings of cyclists and cycling teams.
  • Point Scales (PNT): Cyclists are given points based on their performances in classic races and stage races. For example, a rider who wins a stage in the Tour de France receives 100 points. The rider who wins the overall Tour de France receives 500 points. These points help determine the world rankings for that year.
  • Youth: In stage races, there is a category keeping track of the younger riders in the tour. The best young rider gets a white jersey to wear on the days they are in first place of the youth classification.
  • King of the Mountain (KOM): In stage races, there is a category keeping track of the tour's best mountain riders. The best mountain rider gets a polka dot jersey to wear on the days they are in first place of the KOM classification. This is determined throughout the tour, as certain hills (climbs) are worth different amounts of points for the winner of the climb. Points are also awarded for the riders who get second, third, etc., depending on the climb. This leads to strategy throughout the tours, as climbers save their energy to expend it all on the climbs.
  • Points Classification: In stage races, there is a category keeping track of the tour's best sprinters. The best sprinter (fast rider, on flatter surfaces) gets a green jersey to wear on the days they being in first place of the Points Classification
  • Teams: In stage races, there is a category keeping track of the tour's best teams. This is determined by adding the times of the three best riders on a team per stage.
  • Yellow Jersey: The leader of the stage race wears a yellow jersey (to indicate they are leading the tour) on the days that they begin the tour in first place, overall.
  • Category: This statistic shows us if women or men's results are being shown. It also tells us if elite riders or junior riders were competing for results being shown.
  • Race: This tells us the name of the race that is being shown.
  • Season: This tells us which season the race happened. The season is determined by the year it is held.
  • Injuries: This shows us how many injuries there have been (for professional cyclists), across the world, in the last week, month, season.