Which bikes won the most races in the 2023 Women’s WorldTour?

SD Worx and their Specialized bikes dominated the season, but Canyon defied that dominance at the Grand Tours

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Which bikes won the most races in the 2023 Women’s WorldTour?

It’s been over a month since the women’s WorldTour season drew to a close, giving everyone time to catch their breaths after one of the most dominant team performances in recent memory. In fact, the term ‘dominance’ underplays just how impressive SD Worx were in 2023, in a season that saw them top the UCI rankings by a landslide, courtesy of their 40 WorldTour wins.

At times the Dutch outfit seemed to be unbeatable, but they didn’t have it all their own way, with the now retired Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) offering stern resistance at the Grand Tours, while Charlotte Kool (dsm-firmenich) emerged as the latest sprint star.

While the performance of the riders themselves is what sets apart winners and losers, it's interesting to note which bikes have seen the most success in the peloton. To ensure that these bikes receive the recognition they deserve, we’ve tallied up all of the wins each bike brand amassed into 2023. Here are the results.

Best bikes at the women’s Grand Tours

1st: Canyon

8 stage wins, 2 overall victories: Canyon-SRAM, Fenix-Deceuninck, Movistar

While SD Worx’s dominance went unmatched throughout most of the season, their stranglehold loosened at the Grand Tours. That resistance was provided by Annemiek van Vleuten, who ended her final season as a professional rider as both the Giro Donne and La Vuelta Femenina champion. That’s an impressive feat but the Movistar rider was denied a clean sweep of Grand Tour victories at the Tour de France Femmes.

Along with those overall victories, Movistar added a further five stage wins to Canyon’s tally, which was topped up by Canyon-SRAM’s two victories. Yara Kastelijn boosted that figure to 10 courtesy of her stage win at the Tour de France, which was Fenix-Deceuninck’s only WorldTour victory of the season.

2nd: Specialized

8 stage wins, 1 overall victory: SD Worx

At times in 2023, SD Worx were virtually unbeatable - and at some stage races they were literally unbeatable. Clearly enjoying their time in Spain, the team completed a clean sweep of stage and overall victories at both the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas and Itzulia Women. For anyone other than SD Worx, that would have been unbelievable, but the team had completed the same feat at Itzulia the year before.

With that kind of form, many would have expected the team to steamroll the Grand Tours, but their progress was halted by Van Vleuten. Against her experience, the team were only able to win one of the three Grand Tours, although that was the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, arguably the biggest of them all.

On top of Demi Vollering’s victory at the French race, the team picked up a further eight stage wins, enough to place Specialized second in this list.

3rd: Cervélo

3 stage wins: Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma and their Cervélo bikes dominated the men’s Grand Tours this season, but the women’s team wasn’t able to match those exploits, amassing three stage wins. That’s enough for the Canadian brand to sweep up the final podium spot.

All of those stage victories were taken at La Vuelta Femenina, with Anna Henderson briefly taking the leader’s jersey after the team won the opening stage team time trial. Marianne Vos added to that tally on stage 3 and 4, her 247th and 248th career wins, respectively.

Best bikes in one-day races

1st: Specialized

9 wins

Their momentum may have been slightly halted at the Grand Tours, but there was no stopping SD Worx in one-day races. Virtually unbeatable, the team won nine of the 14 races across the season, including a near-flawless spring campaign when they triumphed in Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche, Miron Ronde van Drenthe, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.

Demi Vollering topped it off with an Ardennes Classic hattrick, winning the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The only blip on that record is Paris-Roubaix which continues to elude the team, although it’s surely only a matter of time before Lotte Kopecky or one of her teammates sets that record straight atop the new Specialized Tarmac SL8.

2nd: Cannondale, Felt, Lapierre, Scott, Trek

1 win

Only five WorldTour one-day races weren’t won by SD Worx in 2023 - compared to the nine they triumphed in. These were spread between five different outfits.

The biggest and most notable remaining victory went to EF Education-TIBCO-SVB’s Alison Jackson as she sprung one of the biggest surprises of the season to win Paris-Roubaix Femmes atop her Cannondale SuperSix Evo - interestingly, the Canadian chose not to use the aero-focussed SystemSix.

Shirin van Anrooij (Lidl-Trek) ensured Trek made this list with victory at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, while there were wins for Human Powered Health and Felt at the Tour of Guangxi, FDJ-Suez and Lapierre at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and dsm-firmenich and Scott at the Classic Brugge de-Panne.

Best bikes in the women’s WorldTour 2023

No prizes for guessing which bike brand tops the women’s WorldTour standings in 2023. SD Worx boasts so much strength in depth that, getting our predictions in early, we fully expect Specialized to top these rankings at the end of 2024 too.

There are some surprises in the overall rankings, though, most notably in the form of Bross, a Chinese brand many will be unfamiliar with. Its bike was ridden to victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Chongming Island by Hanna Tserakh, whose Li Ning Star Ladies team will also be unfamiliar to many.

Making that victory more impressive, three WorldTour teams failed to take a WorldTour victory all season. Liv Racing TeqFind ended the season empty handed along with their Liv bike, Israel-Premier Tech Roland’s Factor bikes also didn’t take a win, while Uno-X’s second season at WorldTour level failed to return any wins on their Dare bikes.

  • 1st. 40 wins — Specialized — SD Worx
  • 2nd.  13 wins — Canyon — Canyon-SRAM, Fenix-Deceuninck, Movistar
  • 3rd. 9 wins — Scott — dsm-firmenich
  • 4th. 6 wins — Trek — Lidl-Trek
  • 4th. 6 wins — Lapierre — FDJ-Suez
  • 6th. 5 wins — Colnago — UAE Team ADQ
  • 7th. 3 wins — Cervélo — Jumbo-Visma
  • 8th. 2 wins — Felt — Human Powered Health
  • 9th. 1 win — Bross — Li Ning Star Ladies
  • 9th. 1 win — Cannondale — EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
  • 9th. 1 win — Liv — Jayco-AlUla
  • 9th. 1 win — Orbea — Ceratizit-WNT

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