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Gilbert assumes world number one ranking

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
April 26, 2010, 15:55 BST,
Updated:
April 26, 2010, 16:02 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, April 26, 2010
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

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Ardennes re-shuffles UCI rankings, Sanchez drops to fifth

Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto has leapt to the top of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) world rankings after finishing fourth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The week of the Ardennes Classics saw significant changes occur to the top ten.

Gilbert, one of the most consistent riders in this year's Spring Classics, had moved from sixth to third last week with his victory in the Amstel Gold Race. This week he took the top placing in the rankings with 292 points, 11 points ahead of Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde, who moved up from fifth to second place.

After the Flèche Wallonne last Wednesday, Katusha had announced Joaquim Rodriguez as the leader virtuel in the rankings. The Spaniard finished second at Flèche, but finished only 44th at Liège, moving into third place in the official UCI list.

World Champion Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team took a big leap up from ninth place to fourth place, while former leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) went the other direction, falling from first to fifth.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) also fell four places, and Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara went from sixth to seventh. Neither rider has raced since Paris-Roubaix.

One of the biggest winners of the week was Alberto Contador of Astana. The defending Tour de France champion finished third in Flèche Wallonne and 10th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, moving himself up from 15th to eighth place.

Christopher Horner of RadioShack and Cervélo's Thor Hushovd round out the top ten.

The winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), secured his first UCI ranking points of the season and moved into 17th place.

There were no changes at the top of the team rankings. Caisse d'Epargne continues to lead Katusha, but Omega Pharma-Lotto and Astana swapped places, with the Belgian team now fourth behind the Kazakhstani team.

The next UCI ranking will be released after ProTour race Tour de Romandie, in which Gilbert and Valverde are both participating. Neither Evans nor Rodriguez will ride, as their teams were not invited, and Sanchez is not scheduled to race.

UCI Individual World Rankings
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 292 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 281  
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 268  
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 246  
5 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 222  
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 216  
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 200  
8 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 161  
9 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 144  
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 120  
11 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 119  
12 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana 116  
13 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 112  
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 110  
15 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - D'angelo & Antenucci 109  
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 103  
17 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 100  
18 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 100  
19 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 100  
20 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 92  
21 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 90  
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 86  
23 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 85  
24 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 85  
25 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 83  
26 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 82  
27 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 80  
28 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 78  
29 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 72  
30 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team 71  
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 70  
32 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha 68  
33 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 63  
34 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 62  
35 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 60  
36 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 60  
37 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 58  
38 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 57  
39 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana 56  
40 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 55  
41 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 54  
42 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 52  
43 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 52  
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 46  
45 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 44  
46 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 41  
47 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 40  
48 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 40  
49 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions 34  
50 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 32  
51 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 30  
52 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 30  
53 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 30  
54 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 30  
55 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 30  
56 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 24  
57 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 21  
58 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 21  
59 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 20  
60 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 12  
61 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 12  
62 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 11  
63 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 11  
64 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10  
65 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 10  
66 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 10  
67 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini 10  
68 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 10  
69 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 10  
70 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 8  
71 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - D'angelo & Antenucci 7  
72 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto 7  
73 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7  
74 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team 6  
75 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 6  
76 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6  
77 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 6  
78 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
79 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 6  
80 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 6  
81 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 6  
82 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 6  
83 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 6  
84 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
85 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5  
86 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 5  
87 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 5  
88 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 5  
89 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack 5  
90 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 4  
91 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia 4  
92 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4  
93 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 4  
94 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4  
95 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 4  
96 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4  
97 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram 4  
98 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4  
99 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 3  
100 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2  
101 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
102 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 2  
103 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2  
104 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 2  
105 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
106 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 1  
107 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 1  
108 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 1  
109 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 1  
110 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1  
111 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux 1  
112 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
113 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
114 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1  
115 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
116 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
117 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 1  
118 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
UCI Teams Rankings
1 Caisse d'Epargne 509 pts
2 Team Katusha 478  
3 Astana 433  
4 Omega Pharma-Lotto 417  
5 Team Saxo Bank 334  
6 BMC Racing Team 333  
7 Cervelo Test Team 302  
8 Team HTC - Columbia 289  
9 Liquigas-Doimo 240  
10 Euskaltel - Euskadi 230  
11 Quick Step 226  
12 Garmin - Transitions 205  
13 Rabobank 190  
14 Team Radioshack 171  
15 Sky Professional Cycling Team 169  
16 Lampre-Farnese Vini 162  
17 Androni Giocattoli 118  
18 Acqua & Sapone - D'angelo & Antenucci 116  
19 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 113  
20 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 110  
21 Colnago - CSF Inox 93  
22 Team Milram 76  
23 Ag2R La Mondiale 65  
24 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 60  
25 Française Des Jeux 44  
26 Landbouwkrediet 40  
27 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 15  
28 Footon-Servetto 7  
29 Saur - Sojasun 6  
UCI Nations Rankings
1 Spain 1044 pts
2 Belgium 712  
3 Australia 415  
4 Italy 393  
5 United States 287  
6 Kazakhstan 216  
7 Switzerland 204  
8 Germany 195  
9 Norway 126  
10 Russia 119  
11 France 119  
12 Czech Republic 110  
13 Netherlands 109  
14 Canada 103  
15 Estonia 100  
16 Great Britain 96  
17 New Zealand 89  
18 Austria 83  
19 Luxembourg 70  
20 Ireland 55  
21 Slovakia 23  
22 Slovenia 14  
23 Denmark 12  
24 Argentina 12  
25 South Africa 11  
26 Portugal 7  
27 Belarus 1  
28 Colombia 1  

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