How many events does a cycling team race in a season?

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Cycling teams 2012An overview of the number of races/events the pro cycling teams participated in in 2011. The totals are split over different levels of races and teams. The totals were calculated over registered results, not the team calendars.

Not only the quality of riders but also the quantity of races can be deciding for obtaining world tour status.

This is the top 10 of teams that started the most events in 2011:

Team Events
1 VACANSOLEIL-DCM NED 92
2 AG2R LA MONDIALE FRA 90
3 FDJ FRA 90
4 COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE FRA 78
5 KATUSHA TEAM RUS 77
6 SAUR – SOJASUN FRA 75
7 LANDBOUWKREDIET BEL 75
8 SKIL – SHIMANO NED 72
9 TEAM EUROPCAR FRA 72
10 TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO USA 70

Clearly the teams that need the points the most ride the most events.

Now let’s look at the statistics for each level of team.
There are 4 levels of teams:

  1. World tour
  2. Pro Continental
  3. Continental
  4. Other

There are 3 levels of cycling events:

  1. World tour
  2. .1 Races (1.HC, 1.1, 2.HC and 2.1)
  3. .2 Races (Also U23 events)

World tour teams

total world tour .HC and .1 .2 and U23
evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs
1 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 92 292 27 151 65 141
2 AG2R LA MONDIALE 90 280 27 151 63 129
3 KATUSHA TEAM 77 278 27 151 50 127
4 TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO 70 284 27 151 43 133
5 TEAM LEOPARD – TREK 69 267 27 135 42 132
6 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 67 263 27 151 40 112
7 OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO 67 237 27 151 40 86
8 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 66 249 27 151 39 98
9 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 63 255 27 151 36 104
10 LAMPRE – ISD 63 244 27 151 36 93
11 TEAM RADIOSHACK 62 252 27 151 35 101
12 SKY PROCYCLING 60 274 27 151 33 123
13 QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 60 233 27 151 33 82
14 BMC RACING TEAM 59 238 27 151 32 87
15 HTC-HIGHROAD 58 244 27 151 31 93
16 EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 52 215 27 151 25 64
17 PRO TEAM ASTANA 50 234 27 151 23 83
18 MOVISTAR TEAM 49 225 27 151 22 74

evts = events, for example the tour de France
rcs = races, for example the 4th stage of the tour de France

Leopard Trek missed some stages in the Giro due to the Wouter Weylandt drama.

Euskaltel rides less than half the number of .1 races compared to Vacansoleil.

Vacansoleil were last in the world tour ranking, but the number of .1 races made up for it. 57 of the events Vacansoleil participated in were in Belgium (29) and France (28)

4 riders of Vacansoleil rode 100+ races for the team. Wout Poels, Sergei Lagutin, Lieuwe Westra and surprisingly Stijn Devolder

Pro Continental teams

total world tour .HC and .1 .2 and U23
evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs
1 FDJ 90 232 13 47 72 170 5 15
2 COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 78 234 16 82 62 152
3 SAUR – SOJASUN 75 187 6 33 62 134 7 20
4 LANDBOUWKREDIET 75 132 5 5 57 114 13 13
5 SKIL – SHIMANO 72 231 11 43 61 188
6 TEAM EUROPCAR 72 207 11 50 57 146 4 11
7 TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – MERCATOR 68 153 6 12 57 136 5 5
8 VERANDA’S WILLEMS – ACCENT 65 122 6 12 52 103 7 7
9 GEOX-TMC 57 200 8 64 48 133 1 3
10 BRETAGNE – SCHULLER 55 138 3 10 39 79 13 49
11 FARNESE VINI – NERI SOTTOLI 53 151 5 30 48 121
12 TEAM TYPE 1 46 159 1 9 40 122 5 28
13 ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI 46 131 3 23 43 108
14 ACQUA & SAPONE 45 113 4 29 41 84
15 TEAM NETAPP 44 110 3 11 41 99
16 CAJA RURAL 42 131 3 14 36 105 3 12
17 COLNAGO – CSF INOX 39 121 3 23 36 98
18 CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE 34 100 3 15 24 69 7 16
19 DE ROSA – CERAMICA FLAMINIA 34 81 1 7 33 74
20 TEAM SPIDERTECH POWERED BY C10 33 80 2 2 29 71 2 7
21 UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING 31 122 28 112 3 10
22 ANDALUCIA CAJA GRANADA 28 130 3 29 24 97 1 4
23 COLOMBIA ES PASION – CAFE DE COLOMBIA 19 74 1 7 17 53 1 14

16 Pro continental teams r0de more events than Movistar. However the pro continental teams participate in shorter events.

Belgium teams participate mostly in one day races

Cofidis were in 16 of 27 world tour events.

Team Geox is clearly the big loser here.

The Italian teams (sometimes with irish license) score surprisingly low. The lack of wild cards for world tour events clearly shows.

Team Type 1 should also have raced more with their material. Too many nationalities? Or too much travelling between USA and Europe?

Continental and other teams

total world tour .HC and .1 .2 and U23
evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs evts rcs
1 ITERA – KATUSHA 47 135 15 33 32 102
2 BIG MAT – AUBER 93 47 120 35 75 12 45
3 RABOBANK CONTINENTAL 44 116 10 21 34 95
4 AN POST – SEAN KELLY 43 86 26 53 17 33
5 VELO-CLUB LA POMME MARSEILLE 41 110 25 65 16 45
6 WALLONIE BRUXELLES – CREDIT AGRICOLE 41 82 19 34 22 48
7 DONCKERS KOFFIE – JELLY BELLY 40 58 24 42 16 16
8 D’ANGELO & ANTENUCCI – NIPPO 39 107 30 60 9 47
9 ROUBAIX LILLE METROPOLE 39 86 30 61 9 25
10 ATLAS PERSONAL 39 83 18 34 21 49
11 TEAM DIFFERDANGE – MAGIC-SPORTFOOD.DE 38 69 17 30 21 39
12 CYCLINGTEAM DE RIJKE 37 72 16 25 21 47
13 MICHE 36 89 31 70 5 19
14 CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS 35 61 12 19 23 42
15 JONG VLAANDEREN – BAUKNECHT 34 68 12 16 22 52
16 ENDURA RACING 33 110 21 58 12 52
17 COLBA – MERCURY 30 32 12 14 18 18
18 LOTTO – BODYSOL POLE CONTINENTAL WALLON 28 40 9 12 19 28
19 GLUD & MARSTRAND – LRO 27 68 10 24 17 44
20 TEAM EDDY MERCKX – INDELAND 27 48 16 31 11 17
21 ORA HOTELS CARRERA 26 69 16 38 10 31
22 CHAMPION SYSTEM 25 100 14 49 11 51
23 TEAM NSP 25 68 12 22 13 46
24 NUTRIXXION SPARKASSE 25 61 14 35 11 26
25 AMORE & VITA 24 58 19 42 5 16
26 TEAM VORARLBERG 24 49 20 39 4 10
27 ADRIA MOBIL 23 38 14 25 9 13
28 OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO-DAVO 22 67 22 67
29 TEAM JAYCO-AIS 21 54 2 6 19 48
30 LOBORIKA FAVORIT TEAM 21 52 6 22 15 30

 

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