UCI Road World Cup
World Cup leader jersey
FormerlySuper Prestige Pernod International
SportRoad bicycle racing
Inaugural season1989 (1989)
Replaced byUCI ProTour
Most titles Paolo Bettini (ITA) (3)

The UCI Road World Cup was a season-long road cycling competition held from 1989 until 2004 and comprising ten one-day events.

The World Cup was made up of around ten one-day races chosen from the prestigious classics. An individual classification and a team classification were established. In the last editions, the first 25 in each round scored from 100 to 1 points. During these events, the provisional leader of the classification wore a distinctive jersey.


Johan Museeuw winning 2002 HEW Cyclassics wearing the World Cup leader jersey

The competition was inaugurated in 1989, and replaced the Super Prestige Pernod International. In the first three years, the competition was sponsored by Perrier. The competition determined a winning individual, and a winning team.

In 1989, the classics making up the World Cup were: Milan–San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Amstel Gold Race, Wincanton Classic (Newcastle), Grand Prix of the Americas (Montreal), Clásica de San Sebastián, Züri-Metzgete, Grand Prix de la Liberation (Team Time Trial in Eindhoven), Paris-Tours, Giro di Lombardia. In 1990, a final individual time trial was added in Lunel. In 1991, this time trial was contested in Bergamo (event counting as both the Grand Prix des Nations and the Trofeo Baracchi).

In 1992, the Grand Prix de la Liberation disappeared from the World Cup events. The Grand Prix of the Americas becomes the Grand Prix Téléglobe (it will disappear from the World Cup events the following year). That same year, the final time trial was definitively replaced by the Grand Prix des Nations, contested in Palma de Mallorca . In 1993, the Grand Prix des Nations was contested at Lac de Madine. He will disappear from the World Cup events the following year. In 1994, the Wincanton Classic became the Leeds International Classic.

In 1995, a new event was added to the calendar: the Frankfurt Grand Prix. It will be its only year as a World Cup event, just like the Japan Cup in 1996.

In 1997, the Leeds International Classic became the Rochester Classic. The following year it was replaced by the HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg . From that year, the 10 classics making up the World Cup are therefore: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Hamburg Hew Cyclassics, Clásica de San Sebastián, Züri-Metzgete, Paris-Tours, Giro di Lombardia.

The World Cup disappeared with the creation of the ProTour and the continental circuits in 2005.

The record number of wins was Paolo Bettini's three consecutive wins in 2002, 2003, and the last edition in 2004. Three riders won the competition twice: Maurizio Fondriest (1991 and 1993), Johan Museeuw (1995 and 1996) and Michele Bartoli (1997 and 1998).

The competition was run in parallel to the UCI Road World Rankings, which included all UCI sanctioned events. Both were replaced at the end of the 2004 season with the inauguration of the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits.

Points distribution


Points are awarded for the best riders in each race according to the following scale:

From 1997, the rider in order to be taken into account in the final general classification, must participate in at least six of the 10 races.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Points Editions 1989[1] 12 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Editions 1990-1991[2] 25 22 20 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Editions 1992-1996[3] 50 35 25 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 5
Editions 1997-2004[4] 100 70 50 40 36 32 28 24 20 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


A ranking of the teams has also been set up. During each race, the places of the first three riders of each team are added together. The team with the lowest total receives 12 points in the team standings, the second team receives nine, the third team receives eight and so on until the tenth team scores a point.

From 1997, the team in order to be taken into account in the final general classification, must participate in at least eight of the 10 races.


The races with grey background existed but was not in the World Cup calendar for that year

Race/Season 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Italy Milan–San Remo X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Belgium Tour of Flanders X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
France Paris–Roubaix X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Belgium Liège–Bastogne–Liège X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Netherlands Amstel Gold Race X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Spain Clásica de San Sebastián X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Switzerland Züri-Metzgete/Grand Prix Suisse X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
France Paris–Tours X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Italy Giro di Lombardia X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
United Kingdom Wincanton/Leeds/Rochester Classic X X X X X X X X X
Canada Grand Prix des Amériques X X X X
Netherlands Grand Prix de la Libération X X X
France 1990 UCI Road World Cup Finale X
France Grand Prix des Nations X X X[5] X X X X X X X X X X X X
Germany Rund um den Henninger-Turm X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Japan Japan Cup X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Germany HEW Cyclassics X X X X X X X X X

The final time trial (1990-1993) was an invitation event. The invited riders are the single Cup race winners, the first 10 of the general classification before the last race, the first 10 in the World Ranking and the reigning Wolrd Champion. Generally some riders forfeit their right to start and some others in the high classification of World Cup are invited.[6]


After each race, the points gained for each rider were added to the current total. A special rainbow jersey was then presented to the leading rider in the overall ranking of the World Cup. He was obliged to wear this jersey in the further World Cup races as long as he held the lead in the overall standings. The jersey was issued for the first time in 1990 edition. It retained the same core design with minor modifications of logos and colors. Only in the first edition a grey-yellow jersey was awarded to the leader without the rainbow scheme.[7][8]



Year Winner Pts Second Pts Third Pts
1989  Sean Kelly (IRL) 44  Tony Rominger (SUI) 32  Rolf Sørensen (DEN) 27
1990  Gianni Bugno (ITA) 133  Rudy Dhaenens (BEL) 99  Sean Kelly (IRL) 94
1991  Maurizio Fondriest (ITA) 132  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) 121  Rolf Sørensen (DEN) 114
1992  Olaf Ludwig (GER) 144  Tony Rominger (SUI) 118  Davide Cassani (ITA) 108
1993  Maurizio Fondriest (ITA) 287  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 132  Max Sciandri (UK) 117
1994  Gianluca Bortolami (ITA) 151  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 125  Andrei Tchmil (MDA) 115
1995  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 199  Andrei Tchmil (UKR) 114  Mauro Gianetti (SUI) 106
1996  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 162  Andrea Ferrigato (ITA) 126  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 124
1997  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 280  Rolf Sørensen (DEN) 275  Andrea Tafi (ITA) 240
1998  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 416  Léon van Bon (NED) 190  Andrea Tafi (ITA) 166
1999  Andrei Tchmil (BEL) 299  Michael Boogerd (NED) 238  Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) 214
2000  Erik Zabel (GER) 347  Andrei Tchmil (BEL) 285  Francesco Casagrande (ITA) 230
2001  Erik Dekker (NED) 331  Erik Zabel (GER) 250  Romāns Vainšteins (LAT) 229
2002  Paolo Bettini (ITA) 279  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 270  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 242
2003  Paolo Bettini (ITA) 365  Michael Boogerd (NED) 220  Peter Van Petegem (BEL) 220
2004  Paolo Bettini (ITA) 340  Davide Rebellin (ITA) 327  Óscar Freire (ESP) 252


Year Winner Second Third
1989 Netherlands PDM–Ultima–Concorde Switzerland Helvetia–La Suisse Belgium Histor–Sigma
1990 Netherlands PDM–Concorde–Ultima Switzerland Helvetia–La Suisse Netherlands Panasonic–Sportlife
1991 Netherlands Panasonic–Sportlife Netherlands Buckler–Colnago–Decca Netherlands PDM–Concorde–Ultima
1992 Netherlands Panasonic–Sportlife Netherlands Buckler–Colnago–Decca Italy Ariostea
1993 Italy GB–MG Maglificio France Novemail–Histor–Laser Computer Netherlands TVM–Bison Kit
1994 Italy GB–MG Maglificio United States Motorola Italy Gewiss–Ballan
1995 Italy Mapei–GB–Latexco Italy MG Maglificio–Technogym Italy Gewiss–Ballan
1996 Italy Mapei–GB United States Motorola Italy MG Maglificio–Technogym
1997 France Française des Jeux Italy Mapei–GB Netherlands TVM–Farm Frites
1998 Italy Mapei–Bricobi Netherlands Rabobank France Casino–Ag2r
1999 Netherlands Rabobank Italy Mapei–Quick-Step Belgium Lotto–Mobistar
2000 Italy Mapei–Quick-Step Netherlands Rabobank Italy Fassa Bortolo
2001 Netherlands Rabobank Belgium Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco Italy Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 Italy Mapei–Quick-Step Italy Fassa Bortolo Italy Saeco–Longoni Sport
2003 Italy Saeco Belgium Quick-Step–Davitamon Italy Alessio
2004 Germany T-Mobile Team Netherlands Rabobank Germany Gerolsteiner

Records and statistics

See also


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  2. ^ "Museeuw forfait" (in French). 2016-03-06. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2023-09-20.
  3. ^ "LA COUPE DU MONDE, NOUVELLE VAGUE" (in French). 2016-03-03. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2023-09-20.
  4. ^ "novita' , ora la Coppa del Mondo dara' punti per la classifica Uci". archiviostorico.gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  5. ^ 1991 Race was also valid as Trofeo Baracchi
  6. ^ "LA FINALE DE LA COUPE DU MONDE A BERGAME. DEUX COURSES POUR LE PRIX D'UNE" (in French). 2014-11-08. Archived from the original on 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  7. ^ "Premiazione Sean Kelly Merckx Verbrugghe Scotti Pdm - Milano- Giro di Lombardia 1989 - Scheda immagine n.120138 Sirotti.it". www.sirotti.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  8. ^ "Premiazione Sean Kelly Eddy Merckx Hein Verbrugghe Pdm - Milano- Giro di Lombardia 1989 - Scheda immagine n.120148 Sirotti.it". www.sirotti.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-09-25.