31 riders, 43 wins, 259 races ridden... British WorldTour squad produces 'infographic' reviewing its 2015 season
British WorldTour squad Team Sky has produced a summary of its 2015 race season in a compact infographic, setting out its achievements and stats for the year.
Although the team will probably be remembered most for Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory, that was just one of 43 wins and 105 podium appearances for its 31 riders since January.
Froome’s win may have attracted the most attention, but the Briton wasn’t the team’s most successful rider in terms of victory tally. That accolade goes to Australian Richie Porte, with nine wins.
Porte won two stages of Paris-Nice and the overall, a stage and the overall at the Giro del Trentino, the Volta a Catalunya overall, stages of the Tour Down Under and Volta ao Algarve and his national time trial title. That will be it for Porte and Sky, though, as he moves to BMC to seek fresh opportunities in 2016.
Italian sprinter Elia Viviani also went one better than Froome, scoring eight victories to Froome’s seven in his first year with the team, including his first Grand Tour win in the Giro d’Italia in May – we’re expecting more from the 26-year-old in 2016.
In addition to his overall Tour win, Froome won the Vuelta a Andalucía and Critérium du Dauphiné overall. Froome spent 16 days in the Tour’s race lead, and 10 in the lead of the mountains classification. He was Sky’s top-placed rider in the UCI WorldTour standings in sixth place behind winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
In total, the team spent 259 days racing in various one-day events and stages of longer races in 21 countries.
Welshman Geraint Thomas spent the most days racing – 88 – with Italian Salvatore Puccio riding 86 and Brit Ian Stannard with 83. Puccio also rode the furthest distance of any Sky rider, with 13,441km (8352 miles) travelled.
Sky kicks off its 2016 WorldTour campaign at the Tour Down Under in Australia over January 19-24.