Who are Opta, and what do they do?
Opta is Europe’s leading sports data company. It collects, packages and distributes information on around 60,000 fixtures every year, from over 30 different sports in around 70 countries. Since its inception in 1996 it has built up the most comprehensive historical sports database in the world. Opta’s mission is to make sense of stats, bringing the data to life in a way that everyone can understand.
What makes the Index different from other rankings?
The IG Markets Pro Cycling Index looks at over 100 races, not only including World Tour races. This means it can give a broader picture of rider performances.
Our rankings system is unique and reflects different statistics to existing rankings. More emphasis is given to winning than places, and the history of a race is taken into account when tiering races. It is a different approach, and we hope it will create debate and help raise the profile of the sport.
Who is involved in the IG Markets Pro Cycling Index?
IG Markets produces the Index in association with Opta, Europe’s leading sports data company.
We also draw on the expertise of a panel of pro cycling journalists and ex-professional cyclists. Their knowledge was used to decide which races should be in which tier, and they gave feedback and advice on the point structure and weighting of the tiers.
Why has IG Markets set up the Pro Cycling Index?
At IG Markets we are dedicated to innovation, and we’re continually working on technology that aims to make data easier to understand. Using these skills to create a new rankings index for Pro Cycling is a natural extension to our involvement in cycling.
Our aim is to grow interest in the sport by offering a cycling index that will become the key reference point for fans.
Will I be able to see how each rider got their points?
This is a feature we are working on hope to incorporate soon. If you have any suggestions on ways we can improve the index email@example.com or tweet @IGprocycling
How often will the IG Markets Pro Cycling Index be updated?
The Index is updated at the beginning of each week during the cycling calendar, which runs from January to October. It is also updated daily during Grand Tours.
The IG Markets Pro Cycling Index is a rolling ranking system which takes into account the last 12 months of races from the date it is updated.
Can riders earn bonuses?
Yes, there are three ways riders can earn bonuses:
- By winning multiple stages in a Grand Tour or Stage Race
- By being awarded Rider of the Day or Month by our expert panel
- By winning certain multiple prestigious races in the same year – for a detailed explanation see full breakdown of the bonuses available here (PDF, 505k)
- By winning a queen stage at a Grand Tour. For 2011 our expert panel have chosen stages 1, 14, 18 and 21 for the Tour de France and stage 15 for the Vuelta a Espana.
How are the race weightings determined?
Our panel of experts has created a unique system, under which the top 100 races in the world have been ranked into four tiers. Within each tier races are split into three categories: One Day Races, Stage Races and Grand Tours.
Each category of race has its own points structure. Tiers two, three and four have values that represent progressively lower percentages of tier one. This creates a clear points structure between each tier and each race category. The full breakdown of the race tier can be seen here. (PDF, 503K)
How is the IG Markets Pro Cycling Index calculated?
The Index is calculated by monitoring each rider’s performance in over 100 races around the world, as selected by our expert panel.
The panel has ranked the races into four tiers based on the quality of the fields and status within the sport. Tier one races are the most prestigious, and participation in these carries the highest number of points. You can download a full breakdown of the points structurehere. (PDF, 499K)