Best men's WorldTour bikes of 2023: Which brand won the most races?

Canyon and Colnago dominated at the Monuments, but there was no stopping Cervélo and Specialized at the Grand Tours

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Who was the most successful bike brand in 2023?

The 2023 men’s WorldTour season is already disappearing into the rear-view mirror, but it will live long in the memory. It was a year that delivered historical success for Jumbo-Visma as they became the first team to win all three Grand Tours in a single season, while Tadej Pogačar and Mathieu van der Poel duked it out for Monument supremacy.

Although the riders are the stars of the show, none of their success would be possible without the bikes that helped guide them to victory. To ensure that these bikes receive fair recognition, we’ve tallied up all of the wins each bike brand amassed during the 2023 WorldTour season.

Who came out on top? Here’s a breakdown of Monument, Grand Tour and overall victories.

Which bikes won the most Monuments?

=1st: Canyon Aeroad (Alpecin-Deceuninck)

2 wins: Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix

With Mathieu van der Poel among its riders, Canyon is virtually guaranteed a Monument victory each season. The Dutchman has only failed to win a Monument in one of the last four seasons. He went one better in 2023 by doubling up for the first time, winning Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

Incredibly, those were his only WorldTour wins in 2023 - the Dutchman clearly knows how to dial in his form for exactly when he needs it. That was proven once again at the World Championships where he powered to victory, becoming road world champion for the first time.

=1st: Colnago V4Rs (UAE Team Emirates)

2 wins: Tour of Flanders and Il Lombardia

It could have been three Monuments for Mathieu van der Poel if it wasn’t for that pesky Tadej Pogačar. The Slovenian is equally as prolific for Colnago, although that’s previously been at either Liège-Bastogne-Liège or Il Lombardia.

This year he conquered the cobbles for the first time, winning the Tour of Flanders after cracking Van der Poel late in the race, before becoming only the third rider to win Il Lombardia three times in a row, joining Fausto Coppi and Alfredo Binda in a very esteemed list.

Both Pogačar and Van der Poel have now won three of the five monuments; can either complete the set?

3rd: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 (Soudal Quick-Step)

1 win: Liège-Bastogne-Liège

There are only five Monuments up for grabs each season. With Colnago and Canyon doubling up, that only leaves one spot on the podium, and it goes to Specialized, courtesy of Remco Evenepoel’s second consecutive victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The Belgian blew hot and cold at times throughout the season, with his Grand Tour general classification hopes stalling at both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. However, there was no stopping him at the Belgian Monument as he delivered another dominant victory after surging away from Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers). That was atop the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 but it has since been replaced by the S-Works Tarmac SL8.

Grand Tours: Which bikes took the most wins at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España?

1st: Specialized

12 stage wins: Bora-Hansgrohe, Soudal Quick-Step, TotalEnergies

Specialized made its numerical team advantage count at the Grand Tours this season by topping the pile with 12 wins. Most of those were delivered by Bora-Hansgrohe and Soudal Quick-Step, but TotalEnergies contributed one victory in their Grand Tour outing at the Tour de France, where the ProTeam regularly receives an invite.

While its 12 wins are impressive, Specialized is missing an overall Grand Tour victory from its palmarès in 2023. Those expectations were planted firmly on the shoulders of Remco Evenepoel, but his Giro d’Italia plans were scuppered by COVID-19, before his Vuelta a España defence quickly crumbled.

2nd: Cervélo

7 stage wins, 3 overall victories: Jumbo-Visma

Few would argue that Jumbo-Visma weren’t the best team of 2023, even if the UCI’s rankings don’t reflect that. The team was successful year-round, but it was the Grand Tours where they really stamped their authority on the season, making history in the process by becoming the first team to win all three in a single season.

Primož Roglič delivered the first at the Giro d’Italia, Jonas Vingegaard added to it by defending his Tour de France title, before Sepp Kuss surprised everyone by winning the Vuelta a España.

With stage wins added in, Cervélo enjoyed 10 victories at Grand Tours, and each of them was delivered by one of those three riders. It could have been even more if Wout van Aert hadn’t endured a rare Grand Tour barren spell.

3rd: Canyon

9 stage wins: Alpecin-Deceuninck, Movistar

Alpecin-Deceuninck did most of Canyon’s heavy lifting at the Grand Tours in 2023 or, more specifically, Jasper Philipsen and Kaden Groves did. The sprint duo amassed eight of the German brand’s nine wins, with Einer Rubio’s victory on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia providing Movistar’s sole contribution towards this tally.

While their wins weren’t enough to top the rankings, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Canyon were undoubtedly the sprint kings at the Grand Tours in 2023.

Which bikes took the most wins in the 2023 men's WorldTour?

The Grand Tours and Monuments are cycling’s premier events, but littered amongst them are a wealth of prestigious races, each providing the opportunity for a coveted WorldTour win.

Here’s the complete bike rankings for the 2023 WorldTour season, including every individual race, stage and general classification victory.

As you may expect, the same brands dominate once again, plus some non-WorldTour brands make an appearance in the form of Aurum, Factor and Ridley, whose ProTeams all picked up WorldTour wins in 2023.

  • 1st. 38 wins — Cervélo — Jumbo-Visma
  • 2nd. 31 wins — Specialized — Bora-Hansgrohe, Soudal Quick-Step, TotalEnergies
  • 3rd. 28 wins — Colnago — UAE Team Emirates
  • 4th. 20 wins — Canyon — Alpecin-Deceuninck, Movistar
  • 5th. 12 wins — Merida — Bahrain Victorious
  • 6th. 9 wins — Pinarello — Ineos Grenadiers
  • 7th. 8 wins — Trek — Lidl-Trek
  • 8th. 5 wins — Scott — dsm-firmenich
  • =9th. 4 wins — Cannondale — EF Education-EasyPost
  • =9th. 4 wins — Cube — Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
  • =9th. 4 wins — Giant — Jayco-AlUla
  • =9th. 4 wins — Look — Cofidis
  • 13th. 3 wins — BMC — AG2R Citroën
  • =14th. 2 wins — Lapierre — Groupama-FDJ
  • =14th. 2 wins — Ridley — Lotto Dstny
  • =16th. 1 wins — Aurum — Eolo-Kometa
  • =16th. 1 wins — Factor — Israel-Premier Tech
  • =16th. 1 wins — Wilier Triestina — Astana Qazaqstan

Which bike brands won the most races in the Women’s WorldTour in 2023? We’ll be releasing the full rankings soon.

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