We keep track of British riders’ professional road victories throughout the 2012 cycling season on this page.

The British wins kicked off in style during the first half of February, with five wins coming the space of five days.

Andy Fenn opened the account with back-to-back victories in the Trofeo Mallorca.

World Champion Mark Cavendish came next, with two stage wins at the Tour of Qatar and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke surprised some big names at the Tour of the Med to take two stages and the overall in freezing conditions.

Tour de France overall hope Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the final time trial at the Tour of the Algarve, Portugal, and on the same day Tiernan-Locke continued his winning streak by winning the final stage and overall of the Tour du Haut Var, France.

March continued with wins for Lizzie Armitstead, Russell Downing, Cavendish and crowned by Wiggins clinching Paris-Nice overall after winning the final time trial stage. April saw Downing, Nicole Cooke and Geraint Thomas take victories.

Cavendish took his first Grand Tour win of 2012 at the Giro d’Italia on stage two and his career-first general classification win in the Ster ZLM Toer in June.

In July, Pooley won the mountains classification in the Giro Donne, Ben Swift won two stages of the Tour of Poland and Tiernan-Locke won two stages and overall at the Tour Alsace.

Sky riders Cavendish, Wiggins and Chris Froome, and Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar found success in the Tour de France in July with stage wins – and Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour overall. British riders won a third of Tour stages on offer in the nation’s most successful edition of the race.

Wiggins kicked off August with an imperious win in the men’s Olympic time trial in London. Adam Blythe took his first win for BMC, taking the opening stage of Paris-Correze. Cavendish added to his 2012 tally with a stage win in the Tour of Denmark, and Steve Cummings took the biggest victory of his career taking a stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

September started with Pooley successfully defending her Tour de l’Ardeche title. Luke Rowe (Sky) opened his account with a win in the opening stage of the Tour of Britain after a crash decimated the bunch, including Cavendish. The Manxman bounced back on stage three to take the win, followed by wins on stage four and eight. Tiernan-Locke continued his landmark season with the overall Tour of Britain win.

In October, Blythe took his second win of the year in Binche-Tournai-Binche in Belgium and Cummings brought the WorldTour to a close with a win in the final stage of the Tour of Beijing.

In 2011, British riders amassed an impressive total of 46 pro wins – a total now surpassed in 2012.

Total British wins as at October 13 2012: 68

February (11)

Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep): Trofeo Palma

Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep): Trofeo Migjorn

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Qatar, stage three

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Qatar, stage five

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour of the Mediterranean, stage one

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour of the Mediterranean, stage four

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour of the Mediterranean, overall

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour of the Algarve, stage five

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour du Haut Var, stage two

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour du Haut Var, overall

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

March (8)

Russell Downing (Endura): GP Lillers

Lizzie Armitstead (AA Drink-leontien.nl): Omloop van het Hageland

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tirreno-Adriatico, stage two

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Paris-Nice, stage eight

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Paris-Nice, overall

Ian Wilkinson (Endura): Tour de Normandie, stage three

Erick Rowsell (Endura): Tour de Normandie, stage five

Lizzie Armitstead (AA Drink): Ghent-Wevelgem

April (7)

Russell Downing (Endura): Circuit des Ardennes, stage one

Nicole Cooke (Faren-Honda): Energiewacht Tour, stage five

Geraint Thomas (Sky): Tour de Romandie, prologue

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de Romandie, stage one

Katie Colclough (Specialized-Lululemon): Gracia-Orlova, stage four

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de Romandie, stage five

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de Romandie, overall

May (5)

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Giro d’Italia, stage two

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Giro d’Italia, stage five

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Giro d’Italia, stage 13

Russell Downing (Endura): Glava Tour of Norway, stage five

Wendy Houvenaghel (Ricci): Celtic Chrono

June (5)

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Emakumeen Saria

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Criterium du Dauphine, stage four

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Criterium du Dauphine, overall

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Emakumeen Bira, stage two

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Ster ZLM Toer, overall

July (14)

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour de France, stage two

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Giro Donne, mountains classification

Chris Froome (Sky): Tour de france, stage seven

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de France, stage nine

Ben Swift (Sky): Tour of Poland, stage two

David Millar (Garmin-Sharp): Tour de France, stage 12

Ben Swift (Sky): Tour of Poland, stage five

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour de France, stage 18

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de France, stage 19 ITT

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour de France, stage 20

Bradley Wiggins (Sky): Tour de France overall

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour Alsace, stage two

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour Alsace, stage four

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour Alsace, overall

August (6)

Bradley Wiggins
(Sky): Olympic Games time trial

Adam Blythe (BMC): Paris-Correze, stage one

Richard Handley (Rapha-Condor): Vuelta a Leon, stage five

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Denmark, stage six

Steve Cummings (BMC): Vuelta a Espana, stage 13

Ian Bibby (Endura): La Mi-Aout en Bretagne, stage two 

September (9)

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Tour de l’Ardeche, stage three

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Tour de l’Ardeche, stage six

Emma Pooley (AA Drink): Tour de l’Ardeche, overall

Luke Rowe (Sky): Tour of Britain, stage one

Wendy Houvenaghel (Ricci): Chrono Champenois

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Britain, stage three

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Britain, stage four

Mark Cavendish (Sky): Tour of Britain, stage eight

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura): Tour of Britain, overall

October (2)

Adam Blythe (BMC): Binche-Tournai-Binche

Steve Cummings (BMC): Tour of Beijing, stage five

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  • Mark Jones

    That’s right, Bibby won stage 2 of La Mi-Août en Bretagne and Richard Handley won stage 5 of the Vuelta Ciclista a León.

  • Joel

    I think Ian Bibby and Richard Handley picked up stage wins in August too.

  • Ken Evans

    Historic !

  • Shudd

    Please update this after the TdF!!!

  • Tim

    Great to see the women now being listed alongside the men. Thank you CW.

    Any chance of updating the heading of the separate article ‘The all-time list of British pro winners’ to include the word ‘male’? Then have a separate list showing the all-time list of female British pro winners.

    Thank you

  • Mark Jones

    April’s been a lean month for British wins with Cav’s paternity leave, the World Track championships and JTL not finishing Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. Still with Sky’s big guns at Romandie, the majority of Endura’s team in Brittany being British plus our one and only UCI one day event at the weekend then hopefully we could have a few more yet.

  • Paul

    Why is Jonathon’s name not underlined? He has done really well and deserves to be highlighted along with the better known pro’s.

  • Patricia

    Five wins in February?? Surely Jonathan Tiernon-Locke qualifies for an official CW ‘rider profile’ by now?

  • Ken Evans

    CyclingWeekly could have a reader’s poll guessing game,
    where reader’s try to guess which major events in 2012 Brits will win.

    E.G. Track Worlds, Giro, Tour, Olympics, Road Worlds, etc.