Contador top of WorldTour rankings after Vuelta win

Spain and Movistar strengthen nation and team leads

The completion of the third and final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, along with two Canadian one-day races has seen a reshuffle in the individual WorldTour rankings.

With his third career Vuelta win, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has jumped back to top step of the individual WorldTour rankings for the third time this season with 620 points. The 170 points for his overall victory was enough for Contador to dispose compatriot Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) from top spot.

Despite finishing in third place overall, Valverde is 14 points in arrears to Contador with the Giro di Lombardia and Tour of Beijing the only two reaming WorldTour races to come in 2014. Valverde had led the standings since taking victory at the Clásica de San Sebastián.

Simon Gerrans was the first leader of the standings this season courtesy of his third Tour Down Under win in January and by claiming the 100th and 101st victories for Orica-GreenEdge at the GP de Québec and GP de Montréal, the Australian has moved up to third place overall on 478 points.

Rounding out the top five are the two other grand tours winners of 2014 with Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on 392 points and Giro d'Italia winer Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on 346 points.

The performances of Valverde and Quintana have give Movistar a commanding lead in the team classification with Tinkoff-Saxo almost 200 points behind the Spanish team. Movistar are on 1250 points and Tinkoff-Saxo on 1066 points, are the only two teams to have broken the 100 point barrier but with 200 points awarded to the winner of the Team time trial at the World Championships, a late change in the standings is possible. Although Movistar look poised to take home the best ranked team award for the second year running.

As the best ranked nation of the last two seasons, Spain is all but assured of making it three years in row with a huge tally of 1716 points. Italy in second place on the rankings has accumulated 1060 points With France third on 987 points.

In 2012, Spain was the top ranked nation with 1889 points with Great Britain second on 1163 points. Last season it was a familiar story with Spain again top on 1890 points and Italy a distant second on 1082 points.

 The UCI World Championships take place in Ponferrada, Spain from September 21-28. The Giro di Lombardia is held on October 5, and the Tour of Beijing from October 10-14.



#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo620 pts
2Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team606 
3Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEdge478 
4Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana392 
5Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team346 
6Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida328 
7Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky326 
8Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha321 
9Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale300 
10Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing286 
11John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano278 
12Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha266 
13Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale263 
14Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step257 
15Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale247 
16Bauke Mollema (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling246 
17Rafal Majka (POL) Team Tinkoff-Saxo241 
18Tom Dumoulin (NED) Giant-Shimano240 
19Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana238 
20Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team219 
21Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling216 
22Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team210 
23Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step200 
24Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale197 
25Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team188 
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Movistar Team1250 pts
2Team Tinkoff-Saxo1066 
3Ag2r-La Mondiale919 
4Team Katusha918 
5Omega Pharma-Quick Step866 
6BMC Racing Team824 
8Belkin Pro Cycling795 
10Team Sky760 
12Trek Factory Racing628 
18Team Europcar271 
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Spain1716 pts
7Great Britain721 
11United States421 


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