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Pro Tour Helmets

Being one of the more obvious pieces of kit the pro riders use I thought it would be interesting to see who is using what in 2011. Why do I appreciate this is largely driven by sponsorship deals, it is still interesting to see what is in use.

As a summary the Specialiized S-Works Prevail seems to be the helmet of choice with 4 teams using it. Followed by the Giro Aeon with 3 teams and the Bell Volt and BBB Falcon with 2.

AG2R La Mondiale – Spuik NexionSpiuk Nexion  - AG2R BMC – Bell Volt
Bell Volt - BMC
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI – Orbea Odin
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GARMIN-CERVELO – Giro Aeon
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HTC-HIGHROAD – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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Team KATUSHA – Lazer Helium
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LAMPRE-ISD – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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LEOPARD TREK – Bontrager Oracle

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LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE – Rudy Project Sterling
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MOVISTAR – Catlike Whisper
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OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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PRO TEAM ASTANA – Specialiized S-Works Prevail
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QUICKSTEP – BBB Falcon
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RABOBANK – Giro Aeon
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RADIOSHACK – Giro Aeon
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SAXO BANK SUNGARD – Bell Volt
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SKY PROCYCLING – Kask Vertigo
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VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO – BBB Falcon
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I did look into the weights but these seem to be all over the place, depending on the size and which particular marketing blurb you read at the time.

 

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UCI Pro Tour Stats

All the data for these stats came from the UCI Pro-Tour website http://www.uciprotour.com.

The term “Neo” is equivalent to a rookie, I guess it is a Euro thing.

The age format used below is year:days  and the age is taken as of 1 Jan of each year

Year Total Riders Neo No: of teams Avg Age Avg age of Neo Biggest Team Smallest Team
2006 553 61 20 27:255 21:262 30 24
2007 558 56 20 27:256 21:215 30 25
2008 499 48 18 27:204 21:295 30 24
2009 476 38 17 27:204 21:321 30 22
2010 471 38 18 27:248 21:120 28 24
2011 489 43 18 27:361 21:229 30 24

 

Oldest Rider Birthdate Age Year Youngest Rider Birth date Age
EKIMOV Viatcheslaw – RUS 04/02/1966 39:331 2006 CAPECCHI Eros – ITA 13/06/1986 19:200
BROCHARD Laurent – FRA 26/03/1968 38:278 2007 VINTHER Troels Ronning – DEN 24/02/1987 19:311
BALDATO Fabio – ITA 13/06/1968 39:200 2008 BARLA Luca – ITA 29/09/1987 20:93
NOE Andrea – ITA 15/01/1969 39:350 2009 BELLIS Jonathan – GBR 16/08/1988 20:136
KNAVEN Servais – NED 06/03/1971 38:299 2010 PINOT Thibaut – FRA 29/05/1990 19:214
VOIGT Jens – GER 17/09/1971 39:105 2011 VAN KEIRBULCK Guillaume – BEL 14/02/1991 19:321

 

The table below shows the countries which are doing better than others based on their population, in other words, which nations are punching above the weight. It shows how many pro riders they have as a percentage of the population (The percentage is per 1,000,000 people of the population.). I only included countries that had at least three pro riders otherwise the percentages became a little too random.

 

2006   2007 2008 2009 2010
Country Riders %   Country  Riders % Country  Riders % Country  Riders % Country  Riders % Country  Riders %
LUX 4 8.431% ó LUX 4 8.329% ó LUX 4 8.329% ó LUX 3 6.100% ó LUX 5 10.167% ó LUX 4 8.134
BEL 43 4.143% ó BEL 54 5.196% ó BEL 44 4.234% ó BEL 43 4.129% ó BEL 46 4.417% ó BEL 49 4.705
SUI 24 3.190% ñ DEN 14 2.560% ² EST 4 3.040% ñ DEN 14 2.545% ñ SLO 6 2.991% ó SLO 7 3.490
ESP 104 2.574% ò SUI 19 2.515% ó SUI 16 2.118% ò EST 3 2.309% ò DEN 16 2.909% ó DEN 15 2.727
SLO 5 2.487% ó SLO 5 2.488% ó SLO 4 1.991% ó SLO 4 1.994% ñ ESP 68 1.678% ñ NED 34 2.034
DEN 12 2.202% ò ESP 85 2.101% ó ESP 77 1.904% ñ NED 30 1.795% ó NED 27 1.615% ñ SUI 13 1.710
NED 28 1.698% ó NED 32 1.931% ó NED 28 1.690% ò ESP 70 1.727% ñ NZL 5 1.187% ò ESP 60 1.481
FRA 97 1.593% ó FRA 98 1.538% ò DEN 9 1.646% ò SUI 11 1.447% ñ AUS 24 1.129% ó AUS 28 1.317
ITA 84 1.445% ó ITA 79 1.359% ò FRA 103 1.616% ó FRA 86 1.343% ò SUI 8 1.052% ñ NOR 6 1.287
AUS 19 0.938% ó AUS 24 1.175% ò ITA 67 1.152% ó ITA 54 0.929% ó ITA 60 1.032% ó ITA 69 1.187
AUT 6 0.732% ñ KAZ 11 0.720% ñ NOR 4 0.864% ñ AUS 17 0.800% ñ KAZ 14 0.909% ò NZL 5 1.187
IRL 3 0.739% ² NZL 3 0.729% ò AUS 17 0.832% ² NZL 3 0.712% ò FRA 49 0.765% ² IRL 4 0.952
NOR 3 0.651% ñ SWE 6 0.664% ò KAZ 10 0.654% ñ SWE 6 0.662% ² NOR 3 0.644% ò KAZ 14 0.909
FIN 3 0.573% ò NOR 3 0.648% ² SVK 3 0.551% ò KAZ 10 0.649% ñ BLR 6 0.622% ² LTU 3 0.844
GER 41 0.497% ó GER 41 0.498% ñ AUT 4 0.488% ñ BLR 5 0.518% ñ AUT 5 0.609% ñ SVK 4 0.732
SWE 4 0.444% ò AUT 4 0.488% ò GER 39 0.473% ò AUT 4 0.487% ² SVK 3 0.549% ñ POR 6 0.560
KAZ 5 0.328% ñ CZE 3 3.805% ² BLR 4 0.411% ò GER 28 0.340% ò SWE 4 0.442% ò FRA 32 0.500
CZE 3 3.825% ñ UKR 8 0.173% ò SWE 3 0.332% ñ RUS 22 0.157% ² POR 4 0.374% ò BLR 4 0.415
POR 3 0.283% ñ COL 6 0.135% ò CZE 3 3.805% ² CAN 4 0.119% ò GER 29 0.352% ò AUT 3 0.365
UKR 7 0.150% ñ GBR 7 0.231% ò UKR 7 0.151% ñ GBR 6 0.098% ó GBR 13 0.213% ò SWE 3 0.331
COL 5 0.115% ñ RUS 12 0.085% ò COL 4 0.090% ó COL 4 0.088% ò RUS 20 0.143% ² CZE 3 0.294
CAN 3 0.091% ñ POL 3 0.078% ò GBR 5 0.165% ò UKR 4 0.065% ñ POL 5 0.130% ò GER 22 0.267
POL 3 0.078% ñ USA 14 4.046% ò RUS 11 0.078% ² POL 3 0.078% ò CAN 4 0.119% ò GBR 16 0.262
RUS 11 0.077%   ò USA 9 2.601% ó USA 19 5.437% ò UKR 5 0.082% ò POL 8 0.208
GBR 4 0.142%   ò COL 3 0.069% ò UKR 9 0.197
USA 15 4.371%   ² RSA 3 0.061% ò RUS 20 0.143
  ò USA 18 5.151% ó USA 28 0.091

 

Details of the country codes can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IOC_country_codes
Sorry the traffic light trend arrows only work in a browser that supports wingding fonts. i.e. IE9 but you should bet the idea of the trend from the arrows

Here are the same stats but in alphabetical order.

2006     2007     2008     2009     2010     2011    
Country Riders % Rank Riders % Rank Riders % Rank Riders % Rank Riders % Rank Riders % Rank
Argentina  0 0.000 38 1 0.025 36 1 0.025 36 1 0.024 39 2 0.049 37 2 0.049 36
Australia 19 0.938 11 24 1.175 11 17 0.832 12 17 0.800 11 24 1.129 8 28 1.317 8
Austria 6 0.732 13 4 0.488 17 4 0.488 15 4 0.487 16 5 0.609 17 3 0.365 23
Belarus 1 0.097 28 2 0.206 24 4 0.411 20 5 0.518 15 6 0.622 16 4 0.415 21
Belgium 43 4.143 2 54 5.196 2 44 4.234 3 43 4.129 2 46 4.417 2 49 4.705 2
Brazil 1 0.005 37 2 0.011 38 2 0.011 37 1 0.005 41 1 0.005 39 1 0.005 41
Canada 3 0.091 29 1 0.030 35 1 0.030 34 4 0.119 31 4 0.119 33 2 0.060 35
China 0 0.000 38 1 0.001 40 0 0.000 39 0 0.000 42 1 0.001 40 1 0.001 42
Columbia 5 0.115 26 6 0.135 27 4 0.090 30 4 0.088 34 3 0.069 35 2 0.046 37
Costa Rica 0 0.000 38 0 0.000 41 0 0.000 39 1 0.235 25 1 0.235 26 1 0.235 28
Croatia 1 0.222 23 1 0.223 23 1 0.223 24 1 0.223 27 1 0.223 28 1 0.223 30
Cuba 0 0.000 38 0 0.000 41 0 0.000 39 1 0.087 35 0 0.000 41 0 0.000 43
Czech Republic 3 0.293 20 3 0.293 21 3 0.293 23 2 0.196 28 2 0.196 30 3 0.294 25
Denmark 12 2.202 6 14 2.560 3 9 1.646 8 14 2.545 3 16 2.909 4 15 2.727 4
Estonia 2 1.510 9 2 1.520 9 4 3.040 4 3 2.309 4 1 0.770 13 1 0.770 15
Finland 3 0.573 15 2 0.382 20 2 0.382 21 2 0.381 20 2 0.381 21 2 0.381 22
France 97 1.593 8 98 1.538 8 103 1.616 9 86 1.343 9 49 0.765 14 32 0.500 18
Germany 41 0.497 17 41 0.498 16 39 0.473 17 28 0.340 22 29 0.352 23 22 0.267 26
Hungary 1 0.100 27 1 0.100 29 1 0.100 28 1 0.101 32 0 0.000 41 1 0.101 34
Ireland 3 0.739 12 2 0.487 18 2 0.487 16 2 0.476 17 2 0.476 19 4 0.952 12
Italy 84 1.445 10 79 1.359 10 67 1.152 11 54 0.929 10 60 1.032 10 69 1.187 10
Japan 1 0.008 36 1 0.008 39 0 0.000 39 1 0.008 40 1 0.008 38 1 0.008 40
Kazakhstan 5 0.328 19 11 0.720 13 10 0.654 13 10 0.649 14 14 0.909 11 14 0.909 13
Latvia 0 0.000 38 1 0.443 19 1 0.443 18 1 0.448 18 2 0.896 12 1 0.448 20
Lithuania 2 0.558 16 1 0.280 22 2 0.559 14 1 0.281 24 1 0.281 25 3 0.844 14
Luxembourg 4 8.431 1 4 8.329 1 4 8.329 1 3 6.100 1 5 10.167 1 4 8.134 1
Moldova 0 0.000 38 0 0.000 41 0 0.000 39 1 0.231 26 1 0.231 27 1 0.231 29
Netherlands 28 1.698 7 32 1.931 7 1 0.060 32 30 1.795 6 27 1.615 6 34 2.034 5
New Zealand 1 0.245 22 3 0.729 12 28 6.803 2 3 0.712 12 5 1.187 7 5 1.187 11
Norway 3 0.651 14 3 0.648 15 2 0.432 19 2 0.429 19 3 0.644 15 6 1.287 9
Poland 3 0.078 30 3 0.078 32 4 0.104 27 3 0.078 36 5 0.130 32 8 0.208 31
Portugal 3 0.283 21 1 0.094 30 2 0.188 25 2 0.187 29 4 0.374 22 6 0.560 17
Russia 11 0.077 31 12 0.085 31 1 0.007 38 22 0.157 30 20 0.143 31 20 0.143 33
Slovakia 1 0.184 24 1 0.184 25 11 2.019 6 2 0.366 21 3 0.549 18 4 0.732 16
Slovenia 5 2.487 5 5 2.488 5 3 1.493 10 4 1.994 5 6 2.991 3 7 3.490 3
South Africa 2 0.045 34 1 0.023 37 4 0.091 29 0 0.000 42 3 0.061 36 2 0.041 38
Spain 104 2.574 4 85 2.101 6 77 1.904 7 70 1.727 7 68 1.678 5 60 1.481 7
Sweden 4 0.444 18 6 0.664 14 3 0.332 22 6 0.662 13 4 0.442 20 3 0.331 24
Switzerland 24 3.190 3 19 2.515 4 16 2.118 5 11 1.447 8 8 1.052 9 13 1.710 6
Ukraine 7 0.150 25 8 0.173 26 7 0.151 26 4 0.065 37 5 0.082 34 9 0.147 32
United Kingdom 4 0.066 32 7 0.115 28 5 0.082 31 6 0.098 33 13 0.213 29 16 0.262 27
United States 15 0.050 33 14 0.046 34 9 0.030 35 19 0.311 23 18 0.295 24 28 0.458 19
Uzbekistan                               1 0.036 39
Venezuela 1 0.039 35 2 0.077 33 1 0.038 33 1 0.037 38 0 0.000 41 0 0.000 43

Next will be something similar but focusing on the Tour de France riders.

 

The companies behind the Pro Tour

 

One thing that has always fascinated me about the Pro Tour is, who are these companies who support the sport? For most people in Europe these companies are probably all too familiar but for the rest of us, consider this Pro Tour Sponsorship 101. While some of the them are obvious, a few of them do have an interesting story behind them.

 

 

 

AG2R LA MONDIALE
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AG2R La Mondiale, is an insurance and social security wealth advisor in France.

BMC RACING TEAM
image BMC are a Swiss based bicycle manufacturer. OK so we all knew that one, but did you know that BMC stands for “Bicycle Manufacturing Company”, who knew?
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI
image Euskaltel is a Spanish telecom company based in the autonomous Basque region in Spain. Euskadi is Spanish for Basque.
HTC-HIGHROAD
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HTC is a well known handset manufacturer based in Taiwan. HTC first started producing palm sized PCs in 1999 and mobile phones 2002 but it wasn’t until 2006 they started releasing products under their own name. For the record HTC stands for Hi-Tech Computers.
KATUSHA TEAM
image Gazprom is the largest extractor of natural gas in the world, accounting for 17% of worldwide gas production. Gazprom was created in 1989 when the Soviet Ministry of the Gas Industry was privatised.
image Itera is an independent producer and trader of natural gas operating in the CIS and the Baltic states. The company has been heavily involved in cycling, which is probably due to the fact that the chairman of the board, Igor Makarov was a member of the USSR national cycling team.
LAMPRE – ISD
image The Lampre group is Italian based company which specialises in pre-coated steel production. LAMPRE, whose name results from the combination of the Italian words LAMiere PRErivestite, roughly translated to English means “Sheets Precoated”. For Australians, pre coated steel is the equivalent to colourbond steel as used in patio roofs.
image ISD is a steel producer based in the Ukraine
LEOPARD TREK
image No surprises here, as everyone knows, they are a bicycle company and primary sponsors for Team Leopard. But what may be of interest is where the name Team Leopard came from; The team needed to establish a management company in order to run the team. They randomly named it “Leopard” and then really liked the name and so the name stuck.
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
image Liquigas is an Italian based supplier of Liquified Petroleum Gas.
CannondaleLogo Yet another bicycle company as a named sponsor but did you know that the name of the company was taken from the Cannondale Metro North train station in Wilton, Connecticut.
MOVISTAR TEAM
image I bet you thought they had something to do with the film industry. Well Movistar is actually a Spanish based mobile phone operator. When translated from Spanish, I’m guessing Movi is short for Movil, which means Mobile and Star is the same in Spanish, translating the name into Mobile Star.
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
image Omega Pharma is a Belgium based company providing consumer healthcare products. In 2007 one of their subsidiaries, Predictor sponsored the team. Predictor is a home pregnancy test kit, so all you guys riding around with your team kit on, time to check out what you are really advertising.
image While there are many lottery commissions around, given that Omega Pharma-Lotto team is a Belgium based team it is not going to surprise you that it is the Belgium Lottery Commission that sponsors the team.
PRO TEAM ASTANA
image Samruk Kazyna is a management company set up by the Kazakhstan government to manage state owned assets. It was established through the consolidation of “State Holding Samruk” and “Sustainable Development Fund Kazyna” in October 2008
image Specialized is another well known bicycle manufacturer that supports the Pro Tour. Mike Sinyard founded the company in 1974 and is still the majority owner and CEO of the company. The company produced its first bike, the “Allez”, in 1979 and still produces the Allez today. Translated from French, Allez means “Go”
QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM
image Quick Step is a international company specialising in tiles and laminate floors.
image Innergetic is a brand of latex mattress produced by a Belgium company Latexco
image The bicycle company established by cycling legend Eddy Merckx and based in Belgium
RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM
image A Dutch based banking cooperative specialising in finance for agribusiness. The bank was formed in 1980 when Raiffeisen-Bank and Boerenleenbank merged, the banks took the first two letters of each bank to form Rabobank.
SAXO BANK SUNGARD
image Saxo Bank is an international investment bank based in Denmark. Saxo Bank is named after one of the notable Danish historians of the Middle Ages, Saxo Grammaticus.
image SunGard is a software and technology services company based in Pennsylvania, USA. One of their core services is the provision of financial systems, which I’m guessing is their link to Saxo Bank.
SKY PROCYCLING
image  Sky is actually BskyB which stands for British Sky Broadcasting. British Sky Broadcasting was formed in 1990 by the merger of Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting.
TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO
image Garmin is a well known manufacturer of GPS devices based in Kansas, USA and is loved by most cyclists, well me at least.
image Cervélo is another well known bike manufacturer based in Canada and was started by Phil White and Gérard Vroomen in 1995. The following is a description of how the name came to be was written by Gerard Vroomen:
Cervélo is a combination of the Italian word for brain “cervello” and the french word for bike, “vélo”. So it’s a brainbike, or a bike with some extra thought put into it. We thought it was funny at the time, so we used it as a working title and it stuck. Oh and in regards to how Cervélo is pronounced, The founders of Cervélo have always pronounced the company name in this way; Cervélo: (Sir-vell-oh). So there, if you get nothing else from this article, this should finally put an end to those damn arguments about how it is pronounced.
TEAM RADIOSHACK
image RadioShack is a chain of Electronic stores in the US and in Australia are known as Tandy. The company was started in 1921 by Theodore and Milton Deutschmann, They chose the name, “RadioShack,” which was a term for the small, wooden structure that housed a ship’s radio equipment. The Tandy Corporation which started off as a leather company bought RadioShack in 1963 for $300,000
VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM
image Founded in 1969 Vacansoleil is based Belgium and owns a number of Camping and recreational parks across Europe.
image The company was founded in Belgium in 1976 and is a producer of plant food for professional gardeners.

 

If you know any other interesting facts about these companies please leave a comment.