|The index provides an at-a-glance method of assessing rider and team performance|
The system currently ranks French rider Philipe Gilbert in 1st place with 5889 points, Alberto Contador in 2nd (5115 points) and Fabian Cancellara 3rd (3189). British hopeful Bradley Wiggins ranks 29th with 1376 points.
Just how accurate the system proves to be will have to be shown - a rider who appears to be at the top of the game may perform badly in a race for no obvious reason or traditionally perform poorly in one race, even though he does well in others. However, Opta are the owners and curators of the world's most comprehensive sports historical database and the systems they already produce for other sports are widely used and respected, so the Pro Cycling Index stands a good chance of becoming a valuable resource.