Specialized bikes over the line first in 164 UCI road races this season

Across men's and women's races, Specialized racks up an impressive tally of wins

It’s been a good season for Specialized in UCI road races this season. The company – which has apparently been keeping a record – says that it’s now up to 164 road race victories this year.

That includes Tanel Kangert of Astana’s overall win in the Abu Dhabi Tour, as well as his win on stage three which set him up for the overall.

Astana also contributed one Grand Tour win to Specialized’s tally this season, when Vincenzo Nibali won the Giro d’Italia on the brand’s Tarmac – a bike which already had multiple grand tour wins to its name.

Peter Sagan wins the Elite Men's road race at the 2016 World Road Championships

Yes, it’s another bloke on a Specialized winning a race

The tally was padded out by six golds at the Road World Championships in Doha this month. Peter Sagan won his second consecutive Elite Men’s road race victory on his S-Works Venge ViAS (he won on a Specialized Tarmac last year).

And the women’s road race was won by Amalie Dideriksen of Boels-Dolmans on her S-Works Amira. Last year’s win by Great Britain’s Lizzie Deignan was also on an S-Works Amira.

Watch: Tony Martin’s S-Works Shiv at the Tour de France

In the time trial events at the World Championships, Tony Martin won Elite Men’s gold on his S-Works Shiv, which was kitted out with Specialized’s Turbo clincher tyres.

The Etixx-Quick Step men’s team and the Boes-Dolmans women’s team won gold in their respective team time trials.

Finally Brandon McNulty of LUX Development won gold in the junior individual time trial event.

Last year we totted up men’s WorldTour race wins by manufacturer – and guess who came out top? We counted 27 stage or overall classification wins on Specialized bikes, followed by 26 for Canyon.

We’ll have to get our pencils out again to count up wins for the 2016 season.