The Best Road Bikes Of The 2019 WorldTour Peloton | GCN’s Annual Bike Rankings


– It’s that time of year again. Time to check out the
10 most successful bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour, using a special, secretive GCN Racing algorithm point scoring system, we give each race or
stage a number of points and then calculate all the
wins on each different bike. It is a pretty different
top 10 from last year, with five of the top
10, being new entries, which is always great to see. (whooshing) Let’s have a quick recap
then of last year’s top 10. Number ten was their Lapierre Xelius SL, number nine, the BMC Timemachime TM01, number eight, the Specialized Venge ViAS, number seven, Argan 18 Gallium Pro, number six, Bianchi Oltre XR4, number five, the SCOTT Addict RC, number four, the Specialized Venge, number three, the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, number two, the Specialized Tarmac, and number one last year,
was the Pinarello Dogma F10. (upbeat music) In at number 10, the Canyon
Aeroad, with 104 points, and a new entry, so the Aeroad,
a bike that’s been around for quite a while now,
has snuck into the top 10 by just one point over the
Bianchi Aquila TT bike. The points of the Aero came
largely from the victories of Mathieu van der Poel, as remember, he won the Dwars door Vlaanderen as well as the Amstel Gold this year. In at number nine, another
new entry, The SCOTT Foil RC, of Mitchelton-Scott with 105 points. So, a stage win and overall victory, started its campaign
at the Tour Down Under and there were no more WorldTour victories until two stages at the Tour de France and then a couple more
at the Tour of Hope. In at number eight, another new entry, I’d never have thought
about the hat-trick, anyway, the Ridley Noah Fast, with 112 points, a bike
that was used a victory by new recruit, the Lotto-Soudal
squad for 2019, Caleb Ewan. He took eight WorldTour wins this year, including three at the Tour de France and two at the Giro d’Italia. He certainly made that bike feel like, well, he’s been on it for years, I guess. In at number seven, another new entry, the Cannondale SuperSix with 170 points. Now, this bike was used to
victory in all types of races, including the stage at Paris-Nice, the Tour of Flanders,
where Alberto Bettiol was the surprise winner, you could say, and also there was a stage win
at the Tour de France, too. And I quite like the retro-style decors on that one too, nice. Dropping three places this year, the Canyon Ultimate CF
SLX, with 185 points. Now the Ultimate CF SLX
is used by two teams in the WorldTour, team
Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar. The bike actually got it’s first win pretty early on in the
year at the UAE Tour, when Alejandro Valverde climbed to victory on our very own Tom Last
favorite climb, Jebel Hafeet. It was then, at all three Grand Tours that the bike collected
the rest of it’s points with stage wins, as well
as the overall victory at the Giro d’Italia with Richard Carapaz. Right, a new entry now, in at number five, the Pinarello DOGMA F12. Launched at the Tour de
Yorkshire back in May. It didn’t have quite
as dominant a season as the previous road race bike
of Team INEOS or Team Sky when they used the DOGMA
F10, included, though, in it’s wins are a couple of stages at the Criteium de Dauphine as
well as the overall victories at the Tour de Suisse, Tour de France and the Tour of Pologne. Moving up three places, this year, is the Argon 18 Gallium
Pro with 393 points, as used by the Astana Pro Team. No less than 14 victories in the WorldTour were claimed on board
one of the sleekest bikes in the peloton, in my opinion. Who can forget one of the best victories when Jakob Fuglsang nearly came off in Liege-Bastogne-Liege on that descent and almost didn’t take the checkered flag, luckily he did. Either way, the Gallium Pro is
expected to totally drop out of the top 10 for 2020,
as the Astana Pro Team are switching to Wilier Triestina bikes, and as far as I know,
Argon 18 won’t be present. Number three, down one place this year, for the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6, got 428 points, though. Now when you sponsor the
Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe, who had a
combined 66 victories, this year, it’s hardly surprising
that the Tarmac model is still up there near
the top of the list. It took it’s first victory on
stage 3 of the Tour Down Under and a few spring classics too. Het Nieuwsblad, Strade
Bianchi, E3 BinckBank as well as stages and
races around that time too. Also, it was first over the line in a number of stages in
all three Grand Tours. It then closed the season
with overall victory at the Tour of Guangxi. In at number two and up
four places from last year, the Bianchi Oltre XR4 with 487 points. Not only did it move up four places in GCN Tech’s most
successful bikes of the year, but it also took victories in
18 WorldTour races in 2019. A Jumbo Visma duo of Dylan
Groenewegen and Primoz Roglic were familiar faces at
being first across the line. Roglic, of course, took overall victory in the Tour de Romandie, Vuelta Espana, the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and stage wins here and there too. This was a big year for the Celeste Bike. Up three places and at number one, it was a new bike last year, replacing the Venge ViAS,
this year it got 600 points. And it’s had an absolute
cracker of a season, the new Specialized Venge, 43 victories on board this model of bike. Incredible! A reason for it climbing
the ladder to first spot is probably because this
latest model of the Venge is arguably a better
all rounder than before, probably because of it’s weight loss. It’s lost 400 grams
compared to it’s predecessor which is a massive amount on a bike, enabling an aero bike
these days to be used in more races because
it’s closer to the weight limit of 6.8 and the
riders probably aren’t so particular as they previously were. Let’s have a look then at
the three top manufacturers in the WorldTour this year. Specialized, they got 1158 points, Bianchi, 599 and Argan 18, 411. Remember those Specialized,
they had two bikes inside of that top 10. There was a total of 4036
points on offer this season. Meaning, that Specialized
have won over 28% of the secret GCN points available. And interesting too, is
that all of those points on the Specialized bikes were done, wait for it, disk brakes
– Oh my God! – I’m not going to open
that can of worms, but basically, all the riders
race on disk brakes, all year round. Remember though, it’s
not all about the bike and the majority of this success has been driven by good
old-fashioned hard graft and training and hours
and hours in the saddle. I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the most successful bikes
of the WorldTour in 2019 and as ever, remember to
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