Ian Stannard

Ian Stannard

Stannard at the 2016 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full name Ian Stannard
Nickname Yogi[1]
Born (1987-05-25) 25 May 1987
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Amateur team(s)
2007 T-Mobile Team (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2008 Landbouwkrediet–Tönissteiner
2009 ISD
2010– Team Sky
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2014, 2015)
Infobox last updated on
16 September 2016

Ian Stannard (born 25 May 1987) is an English track and road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Team Sky.[2]


Early career

Born in Chelmsford, Stannard initially focused on the road and track, winning a gold medal in the time trial at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, and a gold in the Under-23 Team Pursuit at the 2006 European Track Championships, alongside future Sky team mate Geraint Thomas. Stannard made his professional road debut in August 2007 joining T-Mobile Team as a trainee. He rode for Landbouwkrediet–Tönissteiner in 2008 and came third overall in the 2008 Tour of Britain riding for the Great Britain team. In 2009 he joined the new ISD team,[3] and was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia, aged just 21. Stannard finished 160th at the Giro.[4]

Team Sky (2010–present)


Stannard joined the new British Pro Tour team Team Sky for the start of the 2010 season, and has since focused more on the Classics and one day races. He took a third place in freezing conditions in Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.[5]


Stannard almost took victory in the 2011 Gent–Wevelgem, after breaking away on the final climb, the Monteberg. He was part of a move with Peter Sagan, Maciej Bodnar (both from Liquigas–Cannondale) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick-Step) with 34 kilometres (21 mi) to cover until the finish. The quartet kept clear of the chasing peloton until Stannard broke free of the break and crossed the flamme rouge alone. He was passed by a raging bunch with some 500 metres (1,600 ft) to go, as Tom Boonen sprinted to victory.[6] He obtained his first professional win at the 2011 Tour of Austria, winning stage 5 of the race, where he got the better of a group of five escapees in the sprint.[7]

Stannard was part of the Great Britain team that helped Mark Cavendish win the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championship, with an vital pull in the closing stages to keep Cavendish towards the front of the peloton. Stannard is well known for being one of the hardest working domestiques in the peloton, riding a total of 14,713 racing kilometres and 93 race days in 2011.


In 2012, Stannard was the winner of the British National Road Race Championships.

In 2012, Stannard won the London Nocturne by lapping the field. He also became the British National Road Race Champion, winning ahead of Sky teammate Alex Dowsett. Stannard was selected to race on the British Olympic Road Race Team for 2012, alongside David Millar, Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.[8] The team aimed to lead Cavendish to a sprint victory on The Mall. Despite the best efforts of Stannard, Team GB were unable to pull back a large breakaway group on the run in to London, with the gold medal going to Alexander Vinokourov. Stannard again represented Britain at the UCI World Road Race Championships and was active in a breakaway with Andrew Talansky on the penultimate lap, eventually finishing in the main group.


Stannard wearing his British national champion's jersey, riding on the Paterberg in the 2013 E3 Harelbeke

Stannard put in an impressive performance in freezing conditions at the 2013 Milan – San Remo, initially riding on the front of the race in support of Geraint Thomas, then attacking with Sylvain Chavanel after Thomas crashed. Stannard led over the Poggio, only to be caught on the descent by a chase group of five riders. Stannard made a final move in the final two kilometres but was chased down by Peter Sagan, and he finished sixth in the sprint.[1] Stannard was selected to ride the Tour de France for the first time in 2013, and played a key role as a domestique for Chris Froome, who went on to win the race overall.


Stannard began 2014 in good form, finishing fourth overall in the Tour of Qatar in February. Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad  – the opening race of the Flanders Classics – after he out-sprinted his breakaway companion Greg Van Avermaet.[9] In the process, Stannard became the first British rider to win the race.[10] In Gent-Wevelgem, Stannard crashed heavily into a roadside ditch and was taken to hospital.[11] He was diagnosed with fractured vertebrae, ruling him out of the rest of the classics season.[12]

Stannard made his comeback to the road riding for the English team in the men's road race event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A clearly uncomfortable Stannard withdrew early on in the race, which took place in treacherous rainy conditions – only 12 riders finished out of 140 starters – and which was eventually won by his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas. Stannard attempted another comeback, riding for Team Sky in the 2014 RideLondon–Surrey Classic. Stannard was noted for his hard work in successfully placing team-mate Ben Swift in the eventually victorious breakaway group.[13] Stannard was selected to ride the Tour of Britain, but broke his wrist in a crash on the first stage, putting an end to an injury plagued season.[14]


Stannard on the podium at the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where he defeated Etixx-Quick Step teammates Niki Terpstra (left) and Tom Boonen (right)

Stannard recovered from his injuries for the start of the 2015 season, again placing fourth in the Tour of Qatar. On February 28, Stannard won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, defending his 2014 title. He defeated Niki Terpstra in a two-man sprint, after spending the final 40 km in a four-man group with Terpstra's Etixx-Quick Step teammates Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenbergh, and fending off attacks by Boonen and Terpstra in the closing stages of the race.[15]


Stannard (far right) in the leading group at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

In an interview in January 2016 Stannard confirmed that he would not be competing in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad or Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 2016, having previously appeared in the opening double header of the Belgian classics season in every year since 2010 and forgoing the opportunity to win the Omloop for the third year running, in order to focus on peaking for the Flemish Cycling Week. He also explained that his preparation for the spring classics would include debut appearances at the Volta ao Algarve and Paris–Nice.[16] Stannard finished third at E3 Harelbeke, leading a small group across the line behind his victorious team-mate Michał Kwiatkowski and Peter Sagan, who had broken away from the group earlier.[17] He also finished on the podium at Paris–Roubaix, where he finished third in a sprint from a five-man group which had formed when Stannard animated the race with an attack on the cobbled section at Camphin-en-Pévèle.[18] In 2016 Stannard was part of the Tour De France winning team, regarded as Sky's key domestique on flat stages.

Career achievements

Major results

1st National Junior Time Trial Championships
1st Time Trial, Commonwealth Youth Games
2nd Paris-Roubaix Juniors
1st Overall Tour du Pays de Vaud
1st Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
1st Clayton Velo Spring Classic
1st Eddie Soens
1st Milano-Busseto
4th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour of Qatar
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Stage 5 Tour of Austria
4th Paris–Tours
4th National Road Race Championships
1st National Road Race Championships
1st London Nocturne
2nd National Road Race Championships
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
9th Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
3rd National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3 Tour of Britain
3rd E3 Harelbeke
3rd Paris–Roubaix

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 160 132
Yellow jersey Tour 135 128 161
red jersey Vuelta WD 128 111

WD = withdrew

Classics Results Timeline

This chart shows Stannard's progress in the cobbled classics he mostly participated in from 2012 to present.

Year Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Dwars door Vlaanderen E3 Harelbeke Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix
2010 103rd 94th 47th 83rd OTL
2011 27th 25th 35th 50th 36th
2012 26th 48th 70th 57th 51st
2013 53rd 9th 23rd 43rd 103rd 51st
2014 1st 15th DNF DNF
2015 1st 26th DNF 57th 47th
2016 3rd 32nd 3rd


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  2. "Sky Procycling (SKY) – GBR". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. Cycling Weekly
  4. Le classifiche La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  5. Ian Stannard: Q&A Daily Telegraph 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  6. Rogers, Neal (27 March 2011). "Tom Boonen wins 2011 Ghent-Wevelgem". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  7. "Stannard sprints to first win". SKY Sports. 2012 BSkyB. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  8. "Millar Selected For Team GB Olympic Road Race Team". Cyclingnews.com. 4 July 2012.
  9. Decaluwé, Brecht (1 March 2014). "Stannard wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  10. "Team Sky's Ian Stannard becomes first Briton to win one-day semi-classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  11. http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/team-sky-suffers-ghent-wevelgem-119368
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/26828646
  13. http://news.sky.com/story/1316436/blythe-wins-surrey-london-classic
  14. http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/9460903/tour-of-britain-ian-stannard-quits-race-after-breaking-wrist-in-crash-on-stage-one
  15. http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/12040/9736836/ian-stannard-wins-omloop-het-nieuwsblad-for-second-year-in-a-row
  16. Hood, Andrew (19 January 2016). "Stannard shakes up classics program to prep for cobbles". VeloNews. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  17. "E3 Harelbeke: Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski wins, Ian Stannard third". bbc.co.uk. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  18. Decaluwé, Brecht; O'Shea, Sadhbh (11 April 2016). "Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
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