Cycling is the most popular sport in the world. Historically, the most successful countries in this bicycle sport are Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, but in recent years the popularity of competitive cycling has increased drastically and countries like Kazakhstan, Australia , Russia, Venezuela, Slovakia, New Zealand, the United States and the UK are starting to produce world-class competitors.
Bicycling developed as an organized sport in 1868, and the first World Cup was held in 1983. Cycling is also part of the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.
Road cycling, in its modern form, has developed particularly strongly in the last years of the 19th century. Sport is becoming very popular in Western Europe, such as France, Spain, Belgium and Italy. Some of the competitions created ten, are now the most prestigious in the world. Such early races are Liege – Baston – Liege (established 1892), Paris – Roubaux (1896), Tour de France (1903), Milan – San Remo and Giro di Lombardia (1905) Italy (1909), The Tour of Flanders (1913). They created the basis for organizing the other races around the world, and along with the development of the sport, the prestige of these first races was increasing to reach it to today’s peak levels.