When Adam Blythe crossed the line with arms aloft at the Nationale Sluitingsprijs race in Belgium yesterday, his victory celebration marked the 40th major international win by a British cyclist this season.
It was Britain’s most successful professional rider in the sport’s history that opened his country’s account in 2010 – Mark Cavendish. Cavendish won a stage of the Tour of Catalonia in Spain on March 23, starting a run of British wins that continues unabated.
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After Cavendish’s Catalonia victory, Russell Downing won a stage of Criterium International in March, followed by a stage win in the same race by David Millar… and then the wins kept coming.
Cavendish is again Britain’s most prolific winner this season with with 11 victories, including five Tour de France and three Vuelta a Espana stages.
The British women have contributed greatly to the success, with Emma Pooley, Lizzie Armitstead, Sharon Laws and Nicole Cooke all collecting victories in the biggest races on the world stage.
Pooley in particular has made her mark, amassing nine wins this season starting with Fleche Wallonne in April and finishing with the time trial World Championship title in September.
Only individual wins and events open to an international field have been included. This does not include team time trials or events such as the Commonwealth Games
British major individual international pro wins: 2010
23rd Mark Cavendish Tour of Catalonia stage
28th Russell Downing Criterium International stage
28th David Millar Criterium International stage
1st David Millar Three Days of De Panne TT stage
1st David Millar Three Days of De Panne overall
21st Emma Pooley Flèche Wallonne
29th Mark Cavendish Tour of Romandy stage
30th Emma Pooley GP Suisse
1st Emma Pooley GP Elsy Jacobs
8th Bradley Wiggins Giro d’Italia stage
15th Lizzie Armitstead Tour de l’Aude stage
15th Ben Swift Tour of Picardie stage
16th Ben Swift Tour of Picardie overall
16th Mark Cavendish Tour of California stage
21st Emma Pooley Tour de l’Aude stage
23rd Emma Pooley Tour de l’Aude overall
12th Nicole Cooke Iurreta-Emakumeen Biro TT stage
18th Emma Pooley Giro del Trentino stage
20th Emma Pooley Giro del Trentino overall
8th Mark Cavendish Tour de France stage
9th Mark Cavendish Tour de France stage
15th Mark Cavendish Tour de France stage
24th Mark Cavendish Tour de France stage
26th Mark Cavendish Tour de France stage
28th Russell Downing Tour de Wallonie stage
28th Russell Downing Tour de Wallonie overall
14th Lizzie Armitstead La Route de France stage
21st Emma Pooley GP Plouay World Cup
6th Sharon Laws Tour de l’Ardeche stage
8th Lizzie Armitstead Tour de l’Ardeche stage
9th Mark Cavendish Vuelta a Espana stage
9th Lizzie Armitstead Tour de l’Ardeche stage
10th Mark Cavendish Vuelta a Espana stage
10th Lizzie Armitstead Tour de l’Ardeche stage
16th Mark Cavendish Vuelta a Espana stage
29th Emma Pooley World TT Championships
30th Adam Blythe Circuit Franco-Belge stage
2nd Adam Blythe Circuit Franco-Belge stage
3rd Adam Blythe Circuit Franco-Belge overall
12th Adam Blythe Sluitingprijs Kapellen