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Giro d'Italia to shake up IG Pro Cycling Index

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Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) will be glad to reach the mountains.

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) will be glad to reach the mountains. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish at the start of stage 2

Mark Cavendish at the start of stage 2 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Giro d’Italia starts in earnest today with an 8.7 kilometre time trial in Denmark. The first grand tour of the season sees a number of riders at the head of the IG Markets Index compete for stages wins, the overall, and points within the Index itself.

Joaquim Rodriguez is the highest placed rider on the IG Index, sitting in third place. He’ll be looking out for stage wins and a possible crack at the maglia rosa in this year’s Giro. With an improved time trial and a difficult final week in the mountains, the Spaniard will be one of the favourites for the overall title.


About the IG Markets Index

The IG Pro Cycling Index is a 12 month rolling ranking system designed answer the question “Who is the best cyclist in the world?” We teamed up with sports data experts Opta to create a comprehensive cycling ranking system that was based on an entirely new formula. We source results from the 120 top international road races throughout the season. Races are ranked by our expert panel, based on their prestige and their importance to cycling fans and put into four tiers in three different categories.

The IG Pro Cycling Index has a number of features that make it unique: Races are tiered depending on history, importance and calibre of field rather than UCI Class. So winning the Tour of Beijing will not give you the same points as winning Paris-Nice or the Dauphiné. Wins carry much greater weight and are rewarded more than placings. Bonus points are awarded for multiple victories in the top races, winning the most prestigious stages at the Grand Tours or winning multiple classics.