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.

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

MARCH

23rd Mark Cavendish Tour of Catalonia stage

28th Russell Downing Criterium International stage

28th David Millar Criterium International stage

APRIL

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

MAY

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

JUNE

12th Nicole Cooke Iurreta-Emakumeen Biro TT stage

18th Emma Pooley Giro del Trentino stage

20th Emma Pooley Giro del Trentino overall

JULY

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

AUGUST

14th Lizzie Armitstead La Route de France stage

21st Emma Pooley GP Plouay World Cup

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

2nd Adam Blythe Circuit Franco-Belge stage

3rd Adam Blythe Circuit Franco-Belge overall

12th Adam Blythe Sluitingprijs Kapellen

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  • pete tomkins

    Could the recent spate of British successes on the Continent be in any way related to the crack-down on drug use ‘over there’?
    UK cyclists have been the butt of endless jokes in Europe for decades, due to their reluctance in adopting the traditional habits of the Professional brotherhood. Could it be possible that those days are behind us?

  • Badger

    Blimey

    No wonder Sky renewed Russell Downings contract !