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Contador top of WorldTour rankings ahead of Tour de France

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June 24, 2014, 3:10 BST,
June 24, 2014, 4:54 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo)

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Omega Pharma-Quick Step top team with Spain best ranked nation

With the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse both raced and won, 17 WorldTour races have now been completed in 2014 and it is Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who sits atop the individual rankings ahead of the 101st Tour de France.

Contador conceded the lead in the individual ranking to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) after the Colombian’s Giro d'Italia victory but his second place overall at the Dauphiné behind Andrew Talanksy (Garmin-Sharp) saw Contador climb back onto the top step with 397 points.

Quintana sits second on 345 points while after a record breaking third consecutive overall victory at the Tour de Suisse, World Champion Rui Costa's (Lampre-Merida) first win in the rainbow jersey saw him collect 100 WorldTour points to move up 12 places on the rankings to third place on 268 points.

After claiming his debut win for Lampre-Merida, a relieved Costa was quick to thank his teammates and fans for their support.

"This win pays back me and my teammates for all the work we've done this week, we're happy," he said after pulling on the winner's yellow jersey.

"It's not easy to win in this [World Champion's] jersey. But I'm happy to race wearing this jersey and wanted to win wearing it. I'm not superstitious or anything and it's just great to win a third Tour de Suisse as World Champion. This win is also for all the Portuguese cycling fans that cheered for me during all of the Tour de Suisse."

Omega Pharma-Quick Step's reign as the best team continues having led since the Tour of Flanders in April with a haul of 796 points. Movistar are the second ranked team on 781 points with Tinkoff-Saxo third on 647 points.

Spain remain top of the nation's rankings, as they have done since the Volta a Catalunya, with a dominant 899 points. In second place over 200 points behind the Iberian nation, Colombia have earned 695 points and are followed by the Netherlands on 613 points and Australia in 612 points.

The next WorldTour race is the Tour de France from July 5-27 and with 200 points awarded to the overall winner, the three-week stage race is decisive in deciding the overall rankings.

Both Contador and Costa are riding the Tour and have the opportunity to add to their tallies while Quintana's next goal is the Vuelta a España in August, which awards 170 points to the overall winner.

Of the 175 riders who have scored at least one WorldTour point, 26 other riders have scored WorldTour points but they were ineligible as members of non-WorldTour teams.



# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff-Saxo 397  pts
2 Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 345  
3 Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida 268  
4 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEdge 264  
5 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing 262  
6 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 262  
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 251  
8 Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 200  
9 Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling 200  
10 Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale 197  
11 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 197  
12 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 188  
13 John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano 176  
14 Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha 173  
15 Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 163  
16 Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 155  
17 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha 153  
18 Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling 138  
19 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 135  
20 Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Tinkoff-Saxo 135  
21 Bauke Mollema (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling 132  
22 Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 132  
23 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 125  
24 Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida 125  
25 Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana 124  
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 796  pts
2 Movistar Team 781  
3 Tinkoff-Saxo 647  
4 Ag2r-La Mondiale 598  
5 Team Katusha 537  
6 BMC Racing Team 531  
7 Belkin Pro Cycling 518  
8 Team Sky 476  
9 Trek Factory Racing 458  
10 Lampre-Merida 438  
11 Orica-GreenEdge 406  
12 Garmin-Sharp 386  
13 Giant-Shimano 341  
14 Astana 322  
15 Cannondale 252  
16 248  
17 Lotto-Belisol 216  
18 Team Europcar 159  
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Spain 899  pts
2 Colombia 695  
3 Netherlands 613  
4 Australia 612  
5 Italy 586  
6 Belgium 567  
7 France 500  
8 Great Britain 485  
9 Germany 352  
10 Switzerland 340  
11 Poland 324  
12 United States 271  
13 Portugal 270  
14 Slovenia 228  
15 Czech Republic 220  


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