With the Tour of Guangxi, the WorldTour season for men and women came to an end on Tuesday. A retrospective in figures of a cycling year that was very successful for the Netherlands.
Dylan Groenewegen started the successful year of Jumbo-Visma on 10 February with a victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Valencia and on 12 October won the number 51 of his team in the Zeeland Tacx Pro Classic.
With fifteen victories in 2019, the 26-year-old North Hollander was the most successful rider of the entire cycling platoon. The Irishman Sam Bennett, the German Pascal Ackermann and Primoz Roglic are second on the year list with thirteen victories.
Top sprinter Groenewegen gathered his daily victories in the Tour de France (one), Paris-Nice (two) and the Tour of Great Britain (three), among others. The Slovenian Roglic conquered no less than four final victories in stage races from the WorldTour: the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour of Romandia and the Vuelta a España.
WorldTour riders with the most wins in 2019
- 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned / Jumbo-Visma) - 15
- 2. Sam Bennett (Irish / BORA hansgrohe) - 13
- 2. Primoz Roglic (Slv / Jumbo-Visma) - 13
- 2. Pascal Ackermann (Dui / BORA-hansgrohe) - 13
- 5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 12
- 6. Elia Viviani (Ita / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 11
- 7. Caleb Ewan (Aus / Lotto Soudal) - 10
- 7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz / Astana) - 10
- 9. Tadej Pogacar (Slv / UAE Team Emirates) - 8
- 10. Alexander Kristoff (Noo / UAE-Team Emirates) - 7
- 10. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 7
- 10. Álvaro José Hodeg (Col / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 7
Successful year for Jumbo-Visma
In the rainy Les Herbiers, just south-east of Nantes, Jos van Emden placed an exclamation mark behind the jubilee year of Jumbo-Visma on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Dutchman, who has been with the team for twelve years and has also experienced the disaster year of 2015 with only six victories, signed for the 52nd victory of 2019 for the yellow-black formation in the Chrono des Nations.
The team, previously known as Rabobank and Lotto-Jumbo, never before achieved so many victories in one year. In 2019 only the Belgian top team Deceuninck-Quick-Step was more successful: 68 victories.
The highlight for Jumbo-Visma was Roglic's final victory in the Vuelta, the first win of a big round with the current sponsors. The Tour de France was also a great success with four stage victories.
WorldTour teams with the most wins in 2019
- 1. Deceuninck-Quick-Step (Call) - 69
- 2. Jumbo-Visma (Ned) - 52
- 3. BORA-hansgrohe (Dui) - 47
- 4. Astana (Kaz) - 39
- 5. Mitchelton SCOTT (Aus) - 35
- 6. UAE Team Emirates (UAE) - 30
- 7. Team INEOS (GB) - 26
- 8. Groupama FDJ (Fra) - 24
- 9. Lotto Soudal (Call) - 23
- 10. Movistar (Spa) - 21
The Netherlands third on WorldTour ranking
Bauke Mollema gave the Netherlands a final victory in a cycling monument in the Tour of Lombardy, a fitting final piece for a season in which Dutch riders in the WorldTour - the highest level in road cycling - finish third behind Belgium and Italy in the country ranking.
Mollema's victory in Lombardy was the sixteenth WorldTour victory of 2019 for the Netherlands. Groenewegen is also the leader on this list with four victories, although he has to share first place with Fabio Jakobsen.
Mathieu van der Poel won Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race, while Cees Bol, Wout Poels, Dylan van Baarle, Antwan Tolhoek, Mike Teunissen and Mollema were all the best in a WorldTour race.
In total, the Netherlands recorded 108 professional victories in 2019. Only Italy (147 victories) did better.
Dutch riders with the most wins in 2019
- 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) - 15
- 2. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus) - 11
- 3. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 7
- 4. Arvid de Kleijn (Metec-TKH Continental Cycling Team) - 6
- 5. Raymond Kreder (Team UKYO) - 5
- 5. Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) - 5
- 5. Jeroen Meijers (Taiyuan Miogee Cycling Team) - 5
Roglic first on WorldTour ranking
Roglic finishes the year in first place in the individual WorldTour ranking. The best Dutchman is Van der Poel, who is just outside the top ten with an eleventh place.
Individual WorldTour ranking
- 1. Primoz Roglic (Slv / Jumbo-Visma) - 4,635.28 points
- 2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 3,569.95
- 3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den / Astana) - 3,472.5
- 4. Egan Bernal (Col / Team INEOS) - 3,346.75
- 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa / Movistar) - 3,297
- 6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel / CCC) - 2,947.33
- 7. Pascal Ackermann (Dui / BORA-hansgrohe) - 2,502
- 8. Alexander Kristoff (Noo / UAE-Team Emirates) - 2,484.5
- 9. Elia Viviani (Ita / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) - 2,392.12
- 10. Peter Sagan (Slw / BORA-hansgrohe) - 2,232
Dutch women again dominant
The Netherlands was again very dominant among women. In the world ranking for countries, the Dutch riders have almost twice as many points as number two in Italy.
At the 23 WorldTour races of 2019, the (final) victory went to a Dutch player thirteen times. Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen and Marianne Vos won three times at the highest level and Kirsten Wild and Lorena Wiebes twice.
In the final ranking of the WorldTour the entire top three consists of Dutch riders and there are six Dutch women in the top ten. Vos pushed Van Vleuten through third place on Tuesday in the Tour of Guangxi from first place.
WorldTour ranking women
- 1. Marianne Vos (Ned / CCC-Liv) - 1,592 points
- 2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned / Mitchelton-SCOTT) - 1,472.67
- 3. Lorena Wiebes (Ned / Parkhotel Valkenburg) - 1,302.33
- 4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol / Canyon-SRAM) - 1,240.17
- 5. Anna van der Breggen (Ned / Boels-Dolmans) - 1,095
- 6. Marta Bastianelli (Ita / Team Virtu) - 1,077
- 7. Amy Pieters (Ned / Boels-Dolmans) - 841
- 8. Lucinda Brand (Ned / Team Sunweb) - 797.5
- 9. Christine Majerus (Lux / Boels-Dolmans) - 690.67
- 10. Amanda Spratt (Aus / Mitchelton-SCOTT) - 680.67
Fox triumph queen of the peloton
Vos dominated in 2019 as in her best years. With nineteen victories in all races, the 32-year-old from Brabant also finishes at the top of the list of riders with the most wins this season.
Wiebes, twelve years younger, experienced her breakthrough. The Dutch champion was allowed to cheer fifteen times this year.
Most victories in women's platoon
- 1. Marianne Vos (Ned) - 19
- 2. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) - 15
- 3. Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) - 13
- 4. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) - 11
- 5. Arlenis Sierra (Cub) - 10
- 6. Annemiek van Vleuten (Dutch) - 8
- 7. Lisa Klein (Dui) - 7
- 8. Olga Zabelinskaya (Oez) - 6
- 8. Lisa Brennauer (Dui) - 6
- 8. Kirsten Wild (Ned) - 6
- 8. Vita Heine (Noo) - 6