Cavendish, Wiggins, Froome, Millar, Simpson, Boardman... Who is the best British male road cyclist of all-time?

Who is the best British male road cyclist of all-time? Cycling Weekly has devised a ranking system to try to answer the question once for all.

Our list will no doubt create controversy because many British cycling fans are divided. Is Mark Cavendish the greatest Briton, or should it be Robert Millar? Or Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or Tom Simpson?

There is also our all-time list of British pro winners, a league table of riders ranked according to the number of top professional race victories they’ve achieved.

As many readers pointed out, ranking purely by wins isn’t necessarily the best system to determine who’s the greatest. Cavendish easily tops the league, but Simpson won many of the very biggest one-day races in the world. And is Robert Millar, with just 16 victories, still a better stage racer than Wiggins, with his Tour de France win?

So, we devised a points system that is weighted towards rewarding success in the biggest and most prestigious races.

And we’ve recognised the importance of wearing the leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour or winning the king of the mountains or points competitions by awarding points for these achievements too.

Then we scoured the record books for every result that counts towards our list since racing resumed after World War Two, and we’ve come up with Cycling Weekly’s all-time list of British male pro road riders.

Let the debate commence.

The all-time list of British male pro road riders

Last update March 19, 2017. Ranking will be updated regularly.

1. Chris Froome 4,425 points [Pro: 2007-present]
2. Mark Cavendish
4,005 points [Pro: 2007-present]
3. Robert Millar 2,900 points [Pro: 1980-1995]
4. Bradley Wiggins 2,710 points [Pro: 2002-2016]
5. Tom Simpson 2,545 points [Pro: 1958-1967]
6. Chris Boardman 1,965 points [Pro: 1993-2000]
7. David Millar 1,580 points * [Pro: 1997-2014]
8. Barry Hoban 1,455 points [Pro: 1962-1981]
9. Geraint Thomas
895 points [Pro: 2006-present]
Michael Wright 800 points [Pro: 1962-1976]
11. Max Sciandri 675 points ** [Pro: raced as a British rider 1995-2004]
12. Sean Yates 635 points [Pro: 1982-1996]
13. Brian Robinson 605 points [Pro: 1952-1963]
14. Ben Swift 450 points [Pro: 2007-present]
15. Malcolm Elliott 380 points [Pro: 1984-1997]
16. Steve Cummings 375 points [Pro: 2005-present]
17. Ian Stannard 360 points [Pro: 2007-present]
18. Adam Yates 345 points [Pro: 2014-present]
19=. Roger Hammond 235 points [Pro: 1998-2011]
19=. Alex Dowsett
235 points [Pro: 2011-present]
Jeremy Hunt 230 points [Pro: 1996-2012]
22. Simon Yates 190 points [Pro: 2014-present]
23. Luke Rowe
160 points [Pro: 2012-present]
24. Vin Denson 155 points [Pro: 1959-1969]
25. Alan Ramsbottom 150 points [Pro: 1961-1966]

* David Millar: Points for results that were stripped after admitting he had doped are not included (for example world time trial championship 2003).

** Max Sciandri: Only points scored from 1995 onwards, when Sciandri took out a British racing licence, are included.

Scroll down to see how the points have been allocated


Chris Froome is the British number one after winning the 2013, 2015 and 2016 editions of the Tour de France, plus second places in the 2011 and 2014 Vuelta a Espana and 2012 Tour de France. From humble beginnings, Froome established himself as one of the world’s foremost stage racers, with victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Romandie, Critérium International, Tour of Oman and Vuelta Andalucia to add to his Grand Tour success.

Chris Froome on stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France

When Mark Cavendish won the sixth stage of the 2013 Giro d’Italia he moved ahead of Robert Millar in our ranking. Though – as a pure sprinter – he will never win a Grand Tour it is the sheer number of his wins that impresses, including 30 stage wins in the Tour alone.

Cavendish has also rewritten the British cycling history books. He is the first British rider to win four stages in a single Tour de France (2008) and has since won six in one edition of the Tour (2009), taken the Tour’s green jersey (2011) and road race World Championship title (2011).

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish wins Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de France

Scotland’s Robert Millar is third in the ranking. In 16 years as a professional (1980-1995), Millar was one of the finest climbers in the peloton.

Millar finished on the podium at the Giro d’Italia (second in 1987) and the Vuelta a Espana (second in 1985 and 1986). Millar’s fourth place in the 1984 Tour de France was the highest by a British rider at that point. That year he also won the polka-dot jersey as king of the mountains.

That Millar is one of Britain’s greatest ever stage racers is in little doubt. But it wasn’t just in the Grand Tours that Millar excelled. He also won the Dauphiné Libéré (1990) and Tour of Catalonia (1985). His best one-day performances were sixth in the World Road Race Championships in Barcelona in 1984, and third in the 1988 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Bradley Wiggins during the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins‘ transformation from Olympic gold-medal winning track rider to Grand Tour contender first came to the fore in the 2009 Tour de France, where he equalled Robert Millar’s record in fourth overall. Wiggins’ result was later upgraded to third after Lance Armstrong’s results were wiped from the record books for doping. Crashing out of the 2011 Tour, Wiggins subsequently recovered to take third in the Vuelta behind Chris Froome in second.

Then in 2012 it all came right for Wiggins, winning Paris-Nice, Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Romandie on his way to becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France overall. Olympic gold followed in the time trial.

What our ranking doesn’t take into account is Wiggins’ success on the track. With seven Olympic track medals, four of them gold, it’s hard to argue against Wiggins being Britain’s greatest all-round cyclist.

Tom Simpson, world champion. Photo: Cycling Weekly Archive

Tom Simpson also deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest Britons, and while the Millar’s Grand Tour performances give him the edge in our ranking, there is no doubt Simpson’s palmares is stronger.

In the 1960s he won the world professional road race title and three of the one-day races universally recognised as the monuments of cycling – Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of Lombardy. Add to that a sixth-place finish in the Tour de France and a string of other top ten finishes in the Classics.

Many fans still consider Chris Boardman to have been a time trial specialist with very few other strings to his bow, but a closer examination of his career shows that to be an unfair assessment.

Yes, the great majority of Boardman’s 41 wins were achieved in time trial stages, and he never made an impression on the general classification of the Tour de France or the one-day Classics. But he did finish second and fifth overall in the Dauphiné Libéré and third in Paris-Nice, results which are sometimes overlooked.

David Millar‘s first Tour de France stage win came in 2000, and his last in 2012. He has led all three Grand Tours, and won stages in each.

Barry Hoban

In eighth place is Barry Hoban, who clocked up a lot of points by winning eight stages of the Tour de France and Ghent-Wevelgem but was also third in the Tour’s green jersey competition one year, as well as third in Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Michael Wright, who was British born but lived most of his life in Belgium, is usually considered a sprinter and Classics rider, but he was also fifth overall in the 1969 Vuelta a Espana.

With his win in Paris-Nice in 2016, Geraint Thomas moved into the top 10 of our ranking. A bright future is predicted for the Welshman as he shifts focus from the Classics and being a domestique to being a leader in his own right.

In 11th place is Max Sciandri who switched nationality from Italian to British in the mid-1990s and had a good record in one-day races. Some may be surprised to see Sean Yates, who was considered to be a domestique, so high, but he had a long career spanning 15 seasons and won some big races. Among his victories were stages of the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Paris-Nice, as well as the Tour of Belgium’s overall title. He was also second at Ghent-Wevelgem, behind Gerrit Solleveld in 1988, and fifth in Paris-Roubaix.

Brian Robinson can be seen as one of the pioneers of British cycling. He went to France and made an impact in the 1950s, paving the way for the Simpson generation to try to make a living in the sport. Robinson was a respected team worker, but he won too, most notably the Dauphiné Libéré in 1961 and a stage in the Tour de France. He was also third in the 1957 Milan-San Remo, at the time a truly jaw-dropping achievement.

A new crop of British riders are working their way up the rankings after a string of solid results: Adam Yates, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Steve Cummings, Luke Rowe and Alex Dowsett are all now among Britain’s greatest-ever male road cyclists.

Points scoring system

Overall top 20 score:
250, 225, 200, 180, 160, 150, 140, 130, 120, 110, 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20
Stages, top three score: 50, 10, 5
Final KOM and points competition, top three score: 50, 10, 5
Bonus for each day in leader’s jersey: 25
Bonus for completing the Tour, but finishing outside top 20: 10

Overall top 15 score:
200, 175, 150, 130, 110, 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10
Stages, winner scores: 30
Final KOM and points competition, winner scores: 30
Bonus for each day in leader’s jersey: 15
Bonus for completing the race, but finishing outside top 15: 5

Paris-Nice, Critérium du Dauphiné (Dauphiné Libéré), Tour of Switzerland
Overall top five score: 110, 75, 60, 40, 20
Stages, winner scores: 20

Tirreno-Adriatico, Criterium International, Tour of the Basque Country, Tour of Romandie, Tour of Catalonia, Tour of Germany, Midi Libre (defunct), Tour of Beijing (defunct), Tour Down Under, Tour of Poland
Overall top three score: 60, 40, 20
Stages, winner scores: 15

includes, Tour of California, Four Days of Dunkirk, Eneco Tour, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Portugal, Tour of Oman, Bayern Rundfahrt, Tour of Britain (2014 on), Abu Dhabi Tour (2017 on)
Overall, top three score: 40, 20, 10
Stages, winner scores: 10

All other stage races
Overall, winner scores: 10
Stages, winner scores: 5

World Championship road race and time trial, elite era Olympic Games road race and time trial (1996-present), Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Lombardy
Top 15 score: 200, 150, 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5

Ghent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, Paris-Tours
Top 10 score: 110, 75, 60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 15, 10, 5

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Vattenfalls Cyclassics, San Sebastian Classic, GP Plouay, E3 Harelbeke, Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Strade Bianche, British World Cup (defunct), GP Americas (defunct), GP des Nations (defunct)
Top three score: 60, 40, 20

Including Scheldeprijs, Henninger Turm, Giro del Lazio, Paris-Brussels, Milan-Turin
Top three score: 40, 20, 10

All other one-day races, including British National RR and TT Championships
Winner scores: 10

  • Dave

    So you owe G some point for 12th in the Ronde and Luke Rowe should be comfortably on the list now too. With 5th place he ought to be up to around 150 I think.

  • Dave

    Pete Kennaugh should now be on the list with 125 points by my calculations. He’s also won at least 10 races (11 if you count the Baby Giro stage which you ought to as you count Avenir).

  • Dave

    CW, you really are poor at updating your own list. So you have given G Thomas 10 points, presumably for finishing the Tour. But you ought to have given him 60 for 15th spot…

  • Mark Webster

    Not a complete list, Nicole Cooke has been missed off. First British rider to win the Tour de France twice before it was cancelled and the Giro d’Italia long before wiggo had been heard of. I stopped adding up points after the first handful of palmares but should easily be within the top 5. History and the media find it easy to forget that women race too.

  • AlexM

    What Category is the Tour of Britain

  • Janet Mozelewski

    But that isn’t the point. It was one race and impressive though it was it remains one race. He isn’t higher than 16th because others have won more over time. That may change of course…but Yogi will have to win some bigger races to get the points on the board.

  • hailpantani

    Wow! Watching the magistral way Stannard disposed of a triumvirate of Etixx riders after being worked over, particularly by Boonen and Terpstra in the last 5k, well, I think he should rate higher than 16th.

  • markholds

    In my opinion where this sort of ranking goes wrong (and the UCI World Tour does the same thing) is that it doesn’t pay enough attention to the fact that cycling is a typical example of a sport where ‘first is first,and second is nowhere.’ You only have to ask Cavendish what he thinks about coming second!
    I would never give 2nd more than half the points the winner gets, in any race.
    The current system puts Robert Millar above Tom Simpson, even though (much as I admire him) he didn’t get nearly as many prestigious wins.

  • Stirlo

    You are absolutely right Dominic, Dowsett should be in. I think he has 125 points – those you mention above plus five for a win in stage 5 of the 2011 Tour du Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne.

  • Dominic

    I’m curious has Alex Dowsett not even got enough points to be on the list yet won a stage at the giro – 30 points, 3 national time trial wins 30 more, 5 for completing the giro another 5 for a stage win in the tour of britain, 50 more for 8th in world time trial championships plus I’m pretty sure theres some more points knocking about and I’d expect him to move up this list with time

  • Simon

    How are these scores calculated.

    If Froome wins the tour he has to be our greatest GC rider of all time.

    With a 1st (If he wins) at this years TDF plus 2nd last year. Also a 2nd at the Vuelta and a 4th at the Vuelta last year. Plus he has more stage wins at the tour than Wiggo which must also count for something. Has to be top 3???

  • stirlo

    spot on KJ. I think Stannard has 155 points.
    Nice to see Cav finally on top. I think he deserves it, At least until Wiggins fills out his resume a bit. In all honesty though winning the Tour should carry more points than 250.

  • KJ

    Cav should get 20 for second at Scheldeprijs

    Also Ian Stannard should be on the list – he has 120 points just from Milan Sanremo and his fourth at Paris Tours. Plus other points

  • Rupert

    Well done in creating controversy Cycling Weekly I like your style !

    but come on it should be the following

    1st Bradley Wiggins because he won the Tour de France ! !
    2nd Robert Miller because he won the Mountain Jersey in the Tour de France
    3rd Mark Cavendish because he is the best road sprinter the uk has ever had.
    4th Reg Harris
    4th Tom Simpson
    5th Barry Hoban
    6th Andy Wilkinson for breaking the 12 hour time trial record
    7th George Pilkington Mills for winning the Bordeaux-Paris race in 1891
    8th Ray Booty For his ride in 1956 100 miles in 3hr 58min 28sec
    9th Bert Harris
    10th James Moore for being the winner of the first official bike race in the world 1868

    I may of gone off topic here as I am not sure all of these were professional.

    Can we now work out who the best female racer from the uk is,
    I will start you off :-

    1st Beryl Burton

  • Stirlo

    Great to see Swift, Thomas and Cummings acknowledged, though I can’t work out where those exact scores come from for the life of me. Both Thomas and Swift are higher than I thought they’d be (given that Thomas was not listed before at all) and Cummings DEFINITELY has more than 105. I don’t think that 11th in the Olympic TT should be worth 25 points, but that’s what the scoring system says. When you add in a Vuelta stage win, a host of finishes in Grand Tour and a few stage and one-day wins along the way, it adds up to at least 125, and probably more depending on categorisation.

  • Stirlo

    So now Thomas should certainly be on there having gained 35 points down under which puts him on a minimum of 120. But then Cummings and Swift are still missing too.

  • KC

    Should Wiggins points increase by 20 with his new TDF 2009 3rd placing?

  • Stirlo

    Come on CW. that’s another 15 points for Cummings after Beijing. He’s on 140 now, get him and Swifty on the list!

  • Stirlo

    I think I calculated he should be on 155, so definitely on the list. come on CW!

  • KJ

    Yes Stirlo you’re right! Plus another 5 now for finishing the Vuelta.

  • Stirlo

    Come on CW, where are Swift and Cummings. I’ve double checked and Swift has 155 points and Cummings 130. Give them their due!

  • Stirlo

    Good spot KJ. I actually think he has more than that. I think you are missing teh 20 points for third in GC in the Tour Down under.

  • KJ

    I reckon Ben Swift also now has 125 points (5 15 point stage wins, 1 10 point stage win, 3 5 point stage wins, 1 10 point GC, plus finishes in Tour and Giro)

  • Stirlo

    I think Steve Cummings must have moved onto the list today. By my calculations he has 125 points. Great effort Steve!

  • Jafidler

    Seeing Robert Millar win in the mountains will remain my favourite memory in British Tour history because of the style, and the quality of opposition, but to see Brad take the yellow jersey is a monumental event that stands above everything

  • Stirlo

    I think Wiggins pending victory in LeTour demonstrates that winning that event is undervalued in the scoring system above. At this point, I think there can little doubt that Wiggins should be in the top 2, and probably should be joined by Cav, given his monument, World championship and 22 Tour stages. 250 for a win, which is only 50 more than a World time trial title for example is very low. The 25 points a day for each yellow jersey compensates a little but the value of the yellow jersey depends on when you where it. If you won the prologue and then wore the jersey for ten days but then dropped to 50th, you’d have as many points as if you took the lead on the final time trial and won the Tour. Clearly that is not right, and the fact that Boardman remains above Wiggins is good evidence of that problem.

  • KJ

    I think you’ve missed one of Wiggins 25 points for being in yellow. Start of tour = 1320
    50 points stage 9, 10 points prologue, 5 points stage 7, plus three days in yellow (after 7,8 and 9) = 75

    total 140

    140 plus 1320 = 1460, taking him past Hoban

  • Max

    I know this is subjective and difficult to do, but then you are the experts, there is something that you haven’t taken into account is the notoriety of the rider and his effect on public opinion. Even though times were very different. Here, Simpson and Cavendish are way ahead of Robert Millar.

  • Ian

    Robert Millar should be No.1.Only Brit to win a proper race,a major tour.When Brad wins TDF,then he’ll be no.1.Otherwise,why categorise?Shows we’re desperate for results…

  • Sandi

    Come on guys, Brad had a 4th too! – Let’s just sit back and watch him shoot up your rankings now – or better still, go over and cheer him on………..

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, SA

    PeterLB has a (debatable) point. Maybe the fault lies in the unqualified title. Alternatively, change/refine the criteria (no. of world titles; national titles; years in the sport…). The likes of Cav, Wiggins,Hoban and Simpson all began their careers as trackmen and oscillate(d) between the two. Did their becoming primarily pro roadmen mean that they became a totally different species? Whatever…thanks for the stimulating debate. Incidentally, since the pro-amateur distinction in cycling ceased in the 1990s are you not discussing an extinct species?

  • PeterLB

    Geoff, how on earth can anyone rank road riders against track riders? It would be meaningless. They are completely different sports.

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, South Africs

    You have airbrushed track cyclists out of British cycling history. Reg who, you ask? Maybe its because today’s Brit bikie has been thoroughly brainwashed into believing Italo-French propaganda. How can EU pro road racing ever exemplify the individualistic British bulldog spirit?

  • df

    could you also do a seperate list for active riders.

  • df

    what betting, cav will be top by the end of the season.

    as long as he rides clear of ferrari. lol

  • Neil

    I hate to set the cat amongst the pigeons here but should Tom Simpson even be on this list? The elephant sitting in the corner is his cheating; he was a notorious drug user. I hate to speak ill of the dead but it is well documented by his team mates just how many “preparations” he used to take before and during races not to mention the cocktail that lead to his death. Every one of his victories is tainted.

  • JD

    Good list – got it about right I’d say. The golden generation should use it as motivation to climb higher in their own careers

  • David

    It would be interesting to know what category some of the more modern pro tour races fall into. The Tour down Under and the Tour of Beijing for example. In terms of UCI status they ought to be As but I would think C or perhaps B would be more realistic?

  • paul

    Cant work out why Dave Millar’s had his results scrubbed off when Simpson was clearly “on-it” yet isn’t regarded as a cheat?

    At least cycling is cleaner (not totally clean) and that we can be fairly certain that the Sky riders at least, are clean.
    Is it a coincidence that countries like GB and France, with the most stringent doping regulations, are now doing so well? And that the powerhouses, like Italy, are not?
    Brilliant to see GB doing so well, amazing rise up the ranks, Bejing 2008 finally comes to fruition on the Pro scene.

  • J Dunn

    There is a slight bias against Grand Tour stage wins in this calculation – 50 points per win sounds fair but Cavendish deserves a special bonus of at least 50 for winning so many of them so fast.

    He is. after all, one of the top stage winners in Le Tour of all time – that consistency takes some doing and seems under-rewarded.

  • Dave

    Looks like Froome should now be on the list. I think he has 235 points, 220 just from the Vuelta (175 for second, 30 for a stage and 15 for a day in red). And Wiggo is now up to 8th I think. Exciting times.

  • Ochre Jersey

    The Tour Down Under is worth as many UCI Pro-Tour points as the Paris-Nice, so perhaps it should be ranked Category A! I’m hoping Wiggins can make history and win the Vuelta after his TDF crash. Cadel’s made history as first Australian TDF winner, and Cav first Green winner. Chris Hoy is undoubtably Britain’s greatest ever track cyclist, but the title ‘Pro’ is misleading, as this is road cycling only.

  • Bobby

    I wondered why the stage/jersey winners in the Giro/Vuelta are valued so low. In the TdF and all the other categories points for between 4 and just over 5 stage wins equal the winners points whereas for the Giro/Vuelta it takes almost 7 stages.
    Robert Millar’s KOM jersey in the Giro is worth 60% of the points awarded for the TdF Polka Dot jersey whereas the winner of the Giro/Vuelta is given 80% of the points for the TdF winner.
    Mark Cavendish’s performance this year with 5 stage wins and the Green Jersey is worth 20% more than the winner. Yet if he performed the same feat in the Giro/Vuelta he would only get the same points as the runner up.
    Surely this is inconsistant and either the Giro/Vuelta stage/jersey wins be increased to 40 points or the overall winners points reduced to 150.

  • David

    So I guess I miss-categorised some of Thomas’ rides. We know he has 25 points from two Tour and one Giro finish. 30 points for 10th in Flanders, 10 for the national road race and 10 for second in a tour stage. So that’s 75. That leaves the Rundfahrt and perhaps second in Dwars de Vlaaderen. If they were both category C races (tour and one-day respectively) then Thomas would have another 60 points and be on the list. If they were both D races, he’s just be at 85. Be interested to know, personally I think they should both be Cs, or at least the Vlaaderen which is a semi-classic. Either way, it won’t be too long before he makes the list, and Ben Swift can’t be far off either. I think he’s scored 60 points just this year assuming the Tour Down under is a C race which it ought to be given its world tour status.

  • Dave

    The top 2 are correct definately, you only have to think what Simpson achieved and against the likes of Anquetil etc, Roberts’ list of performances is incredible when you look at it, remember this is the rider who as an amateur turned up at the British Road Race championships with the jersey he won the previous year so confident was he of winning a second time.
    I was privileged to follow him for the last lap in the I.O.M when he won the British Pro championship and it was a master class in riding.
    Regarding Chris Boardman I was once asked by a retired Dutch Pro why we in the UK were so negative about him as in this guys opinion Boardman was grossly under rated and if his team required a change of focus from his forte then he could have applied himself and won some of the one day classics.

  • David

    Would be nice to see an update of this. By my calculations Geraint Thomas now has 120 points depending on how one or two races are classified. David Millar must be closing on Hoban too.

  • Garry Hendry

    Whether by design or by factual reality the outcome is pretty much what most people would have expected with Robert Millar and Tom Simpson coming out on top, and rightly so. Robert Millar, but for a couple of pieces of misfortune and niavety, could have been head and shoulders above everyone else. Chris Boardman being so high up the table was a bit of a suprise to me, respect due. The other thing that is worth taking into consideration is awarding points (somehow) for supporting others in winning i.e. domestique duties. That would put Robert Millar further ahead and without doubt push Sean Yates and David Millar further up the table as well as recognising some of the other unsung riders. You ‘have’ to judge track separately and it’s easier, it’s all about wins e.g. World / Olympic medals.

  • Andy

    What about the Vuelta?

  • Simon Yates

    It seems unfair to limit this to the road only, with the notable exceptions of Obree, Hoy, Pendleton etc.

  • Ken Evans

    The length of a career is an indication of the quality of the rider.

    Tommy Simpson, Max Sciandri, and David Millar,
    are the most complete all around riders listed.

    No mention is made if the results were dope tested,
    or obtained before good tests were available or made.

  • Janh1

    British male rider of all time shouldn’t exclude the trackstars… Hate to think of Sir Chris Hoy not even being considered.

  • Baz

    Very interesting; just the thing for a winter’s evening. Of more pressing importance, whether we like it or not, are the Pro Tour points which largely determine how many riders we can send to the Worlds. The latest UCI rankings (yes, I know, we all hate the UCI but they run the show) have us way down the list with far fewer points than post-tour last year and by far the majority of points we do have are courtesy of just two riders – Cav, of course, mainly for his five tour stage wins and Roger Hammond for his impressive early season classics campaign. Come on, guys, a few more points or there’ll only be two riders to form a train (assuming anybody can be persuaded to play that role).

  • Tim

    This is excellent CW but please can we have the same for the women? Thank you.

  • Stirlo

    I cna’t wrk out where Wiggins has won 160 points, at least before this year’s Tour. If he really had 160, comine diwth the 185 he picked up in France, that takes him to 12th already. And he will rise quickly on this ranking system. A few more top 10s in the Tour and he’ll be right up there.Would be nice to see an update of these rankings.

  • Mike Revill

    On actual results the rankings seem fair enough .People forget how consistent Robert Millar was over his career. No disrespect to Chris Boardman his achievements were fantastic,especially for a clean rider, however i think Barry Hoban should be ranked higher but that’s only my opinion. Regarding Mark Cavendish the world is his oyster, an awesome career ahead of him.

  • Dick Phillips

    How can you call this an all time ranking of British Pro riders, when it is restricted to roadmen, and is only post-1945? Nothing wrong with the concept, but the title contradicrts the content..