Wiggins won Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France, finishing ahead of Omega Pharma — QuickStep’s Tom Boonen in the votes for the world’s best cyclist. Boonen was the rider of the classics in 2012, claiming the Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Wiggins followed his Tour de France victory by winning the individual time trial at the London Olympic Games.
UCI WorldTour winner, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finished third off the back of his victories at La Flèche Wallonne and Il Lombardia, as well as podiums at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. 2011 Vélo d’Or winner Philippe Gilbert was fourth.