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Gilbert closes on Sanchez in UCI world rankings

By:
Stephen Farrand and Richard Tyler
Published:
April 19, 2010, 16:41 BST,
Updated:
April 19, 2010, 17:25 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Race:
Amstel Gold Race
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was on fire in the Amstel Gold Race.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was on fire in the Amstel Gold Race.

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Omega Pharma-Lotto keen to secure Amstel winner until 2012

Philippe Gilbert's victory at Amstel Gold Race has boosted the Belgian to third in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) latest world rankings, released on Monday. Reports have also emerged that the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider is on the verge of signing a new two-year deal with his current team.

Gilbert, 27, indicated immediately after his victory on Sunday that top spot in the UCI rankings is an objective for him this season. He moves up from sixth place on the list and now sits just 12 points shy of Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), who retained his number one status despite missing Amstel as a result of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökul volcano.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) retained his second-placed position in the rankings, but Gilbert's ascension pushed Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) down one spot each.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) were the most significant movers. The Czech leapt from 24th to 13th after a fifth placed finish at Amstel and Hesjedal, who finished second to Gilbert on Sunday, moved from 39th to 16th.

Omega Pharma-Lotto move to retain their talisman

Gilbert's upward movement in the individual rankings was mirrored by his team, with Omega Pharma-Lotto now third behind Caisse d'Epargne and Katusha in the UCI's list of team rankings.

The Belgian squad was the final member of the ProTour to secure its maiden 2010 victory, but according to a report in the La Dernière Heure newspaper on Monday they are expected to confirm a contract extension with the man that broke their eight month win-less streak.

"Philippe is ready to sign a two-year extension with the team that will last until December 31, 2012," Gilbert's agent, Eddy Billen, told the French language paper.

When Gilbert joined the team in 2008, he signed a two-year contract with an option for a further year. La Dernière Heure said that negotiations on a further two-season deal began during Paris-Nice in March. In order to help him target the big one-day Classics, the team is also said to be prepared to reinforce the Omega Pharma-Lotto for 2011 and beyond.

Business booming for Belgium

The UCI's nation rankings remained largely unchanged, although Belgium's second-place position was consolidated by Gilbert's Amstel triumph. Spain remains the most prolific nation, while Italy and Australia still sit in third and fourth, respectively.

The Czech Republic (now 11th) and Canada (now 13th) shifted five spots each, on the back of Kreuziger and Hesjedal's performances in the Netherlands.

UCI Individual Rankings
1 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 222 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 216  
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 210  
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 208  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 201  
6 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 200  
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo TestTeam 120  
8 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 119  
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 116  
10 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana 116  
11 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 112  
12 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 110  
13 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 110  
14 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 109  
15 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 107  
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 101  
17 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 100  
18 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 100  
19 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam 92  
20 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam 90  
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 86  
22 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 85  
23 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 85  
24 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia 83  
25 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 80  
26 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 78  
27 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 72  
28 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team 71  
29 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha 68  
30 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 63  
31 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 62  
32 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator 60  
33 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 60  
34 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 58  
35 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 57  
36 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana 56  
37 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 55  
38 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 54  
39 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 52  
40 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 44  
41 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia 41  
42 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 40  
43 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC-Columbia 40  
44 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions 34  
45 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 32  
46 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 30  
47 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 30  
48 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 30  
49 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 30  
50 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 30  
51 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 22  
52 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 21  
53 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 21  
54 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 20  
55 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 14  
56 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 12  
57 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 12  
58 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions 11  
59 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 11  
60 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10  
61 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 10  
62 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 10  
63 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini 10  
64 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 10  
65 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 10  
66 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 8  
67 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 7  
68 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto 7  
69 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7  
70 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team 6  
71 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
72 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 6  
73 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack 6  
74 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 6  
75 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 6  
76 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 6  
77 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6  
78 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 6  
79 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia 6  
80 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
81 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 5  
82 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 5  
83 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5  
84 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 5  
85 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack 5  
86 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC-Columbia 4  
87 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 4  
88 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4  
89 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 4  
90 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 4  
91 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 4  
92 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4  
93 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram 4  
94 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4  
95 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3  
96 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
97 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2  
98 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC-Columbia 2  
99 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 2  
100 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
101 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2  
102 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 2  
103 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC-Columbia 1  
104 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 1  
105 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 1  
106 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1  
107 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux 1  
108 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
109 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 1  
110 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
111 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1  
112 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
113 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
114 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 1  
115 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
116 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 1  
UCI Team Rankings
1 Caisse d'Epargne 429 pts
2 Team Katusha 342  
3 Omega Pharma-Lotto 335  
4 Cervelo TestTeam 302  
5 Team Saxo Bank 289  
6 Team HTC-Columbia 289  
7 Astana 279  
8 Liquigas-Doimo 240  
9 Quick Step 226  
10 BMC Racing Team 203  
11 Garmin-Transitions 203  
12 Rabobank 190  
13 Sky Professional Cycling Team 169  
14 Euskaltel-Euskadi 160  
15 Team RadioShack 137  
16 Lampre-Farnese Vini 132  
17 Androni Giocattoli 118  
18 Acqua & Sapone 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 Nation Rankings
1 Spain 850 pts
2 Belgium 630  
3 Italy 393  
4 Australia 285  
5 United States 253  
6 Switzerland 204  
7 Germany 195  
8 Norway 126  
9 France 119  
10 Kazakhstan 116  
11 Czech Republic 110  
12 Netherlands 109  
13 Canada 101  
14 Estonia 100  
15 Great Britain 96  
16 New Zealand 89  
17 Austria 83  
18 Ireland 55  
19 Russia 39  
20 Slovakia 23  
21 Luxembourg 14  
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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