Team Sky rounded off a landmark season at the Tour of Beijing and clinched overall victory in the UCI WorldTour rankings.
The team came out on top of the 18 elite-level pro teams in the 28-race calendar outlined by cycling’s governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale.
Having built up a near-unassailable lead heading into the final races of the campaign, third place in China for Edvald Boasson Hagen saw the team extend their lead ahead of the final published rankings.
After a tight battle for much of the season, success on the grandest stage in cycling - the Tour de France - coupled with a consistent and at times dominant year of performances placed the team in a winning position.
The final rankings released on Saturday saw Team Sky top the table with a total of 1,767 points, 494 ahead of nearest rivals Katusha in the final standings, with Liquigas-Cannondale rounding out the top three.
Equalling the total for the most wins of any team during 2012, of the team’s 50 victories over half of them came at WorldTour level. Bradley Wiggins was the team's highest-placed rider on the individual rankings with a career-best second place.
The season kicked off in January at the Tour Down Under but it wasn’t long before the team settled into winning ways, claiming an historic overall victory at Paris-Nice through Wiggins.
At the same time the team were also winning stages over in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico, while Bernhard Eisel claiming third at E3 Prijs represented one of the team’s strongest results in the Spring Classics.
Wiggins continued to bolster his, and the team’s haul of points at the end of April with another overall victory, this time in Switzerland at the Tour of Romandie. Geraint Thomas had got the race off to the best possible start with a win in the opening Lausanne prologue. A ‘collector’s item’ sprint win on stage one and a final stage time trial victory laid the foundations. A repeat victory at the Criterium du Dauphine showed the form Wiggins was in heading into July.
The Grand Tours proved profitable for the team, with a Giro d’Italia featuring strong top ten finishes from Rigoberto Urán (seventh plus the young riders jersey) and Sergio Henao (ninth) on his Grand Tour debut. Mark Cavendish also weighed in with three stage victories in the sprints.
Tour de France proved to be an incredible and historic race which saw Team Sky win six stages on the way to a 1-2 finish for Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Froome continued his excellent season with fourth overall at the Vuelta a Espana, capping an impressive and consistent showing across back-to-back Grand Tours.
The season was rounded out by two high-profile one day victories, with Norwegian pairing Boasson Hagen and Lars-Petter Nordhaug taking outstanding solo wins at GP Ouest-France Plouay and GP Cycliste de Montreal respectively.