The UCI WorldTour has once again enjoyed its fair share of ups and downs, thrills and spills, famous wins, big crashes and noble defeats. It has been an exciting 9 months of sit on the edge of your seat, with the Tour of Beijing marking the end of the 2013 WorldTour season.
We have seen it all this year, the highs and the lows, and for some of the riders it has been a success with Chris Froome (Team Sky) winning the Tour de France, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finishing this year as number one in the world, as he had in 2012, and Chris Horner (Radioshack-Leopard) became the oldest rider ever to win a Grand Tour.
Benat Intxausti’s victory in Beijing saw Movistar topple Sky in the world team rankings, while Vincenzo Nibali ensured his debut year at Astana was a memorable one with victory at the Giro d’Italia. Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing) marked their final year in the professional peloton having announced their retirements.
For the rest of the riders the end of the season provides a time to reflect on the year and look back and contemplate missed opportunities, lessons learned and many things to put right come 2014.