2004 UCI Road World Cup
|Sixteenth edition of the UCI Road World Cup|
|Dates||March 20 – October 16|
|Individual champion||Paolo Bettini (ITA) (Quick-Step–Davitamon)|
|Teams' champion||T-Mobile Team|
2005 (UCI ProTour) →
The 2004 UCI Road World Cup was the sixteenth and last edition of the UCI Road World Cup. There was no change in the calendar from the 2003 edition, meaning the final seven editions had the same calendar.
Davide Rebellin of Gerolsteiner took a commanding lead in the standings following an excellent Ardennes campaign, winning both the Amstel Gold Race and the Monument Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Paolo Bettini's consistency through the season, however, saw the rider from Quick Step-Davitamon overhaul Rebellin to claim his third consecutive World Cup crown and the outright record for competition victories. Bettini's excellent form in August had much input into the final standings: three second places in the three races gave Bettini 210 points compared to the 112 points Rebellin accumulated in this time placing Bettini just 6 points behind in second place. On the August weekend without a World Cup race, Bettini won the Gold medal in the Olympic Games road race.
The season opener at Milan–San Remo is particularly well remembered. In a sprint finish on the Via Roma, Erik Zabel thought he had done enough to secure victory and raised his arms in celebration. As he did, Óscar Freire was able to overtake him at the line and claim an improbable victory.
|1||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Quick-Step–Davitamon||340|
|2||Davide Rebellin (ITA)||Gerolsteiner||327|
|3||Óscar Freire (ESP)||Rabobank||252|
|4||Erik Dekker (NED)||Rabobank||251|
|5||Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP)||Fassa Bortolo||140|
|6||Steffen Wesemann (GER)||T-Mobile Team||131|
|7||Peter Van Petegem (BEL)||Lotto–Domo||105|
|8||Igor Astarloa (ESP)||Lampre||96|
|9||Mirko Celestino (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||72|
|10||Léon van Bon (NED)||Lotto–Domo||68|
|6||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||41|
|9||U.S. Postal Service||26|
- "2004 UCI Road Elite Men World Cup - General Individual Standings". UCI. Retrieved 2007-03-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "2004 UCI Road Elite Men World Cup - General Team Standings". UCI. Retrieved 2007-03-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>