Contador top of WorldTour rankings ahead of Tour de France

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.

 

Standings

Individual
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff-Saxo397 pts
2Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team345 
3Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida268 
4Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEdge264 
5Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing262 
6Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team262 
7Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step251 
8Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step200 
9Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling200 
10Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale197 
11Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale197 
12Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team188 
13John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano176 
14Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha173 
15Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky163 
16Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step155 
17Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha153 
18Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling138 
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp135 
20Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Tinkoff-Saxo135 
21Bauke Mollema (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling132 
22Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale132 
23Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky125 
24Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida125 
25Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana124 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Omega Pharma-Quick Step796 pts
2Movistar Team781 
3Tinkoff-Saxo647 
4Ag2r-La Mondiale598 
5Team Katusha537 
6BMC Racing Team531 
7Belkin Pro Cycling518 
8Team Sky476 
9Trek Factory Racing458 
10Lampre-Merida438 
11Orica-GreenEdge406 
12Garmin-Sharp386 
13Giant-Shimano341 
14Astana322 
15Cannondale252 
16FDJ.fr248 
17Lotto-Belisol216 
18Team Europcar159 
Nations
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Spain899 pts
2Colombia695 
3Netherlands613 
4Australia612 
5Italy586 
6Belgium567 
7France500 
8Great Britain485 
9Germany352 
10Switzerland340 
11Poland324 
12United States271 
13Portugal270 
14Slovenia228 
15Czech Republic220 

 

Author: Cycling News

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