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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) secured his second consecutive victory in the Criterium du Dauphine
Wiggins remains in 5th
Bradley Wiggins remains in fifth after defending his Critérium du Dauphiné (tier 1) title. Wiggins continued his stellar season that has seen him win his third stage race of the season. In doing so he became the first rider to win Paris-Nice and the Dauphiné in the same year since Eddy Merckx in 1971.
After the result many would expect Wiggins to move up the rankings and not stay in 5th place but the fact that the Pro Cycling Index is a rolling ranking system meant that Wiggins merely replicated his performance from 2011. As a result his overall points tally did not go up that much. Similarly Cadel Evans only dropped a small amount of points by finishing 3rd this year compared to his 2nd from 2011.
Wiggins infamously crashed out the Tour de France on stage eight last year and therefore has little points (25) to defend. If he rides strongly at this year’s Tour he could well mountain a challenge for the top spot as the riders above either have points to defend from 2011 (Gilbert and Cavendish) or are likely to not ride the Tour (Rodriguez). Only Tom Boonen, along with Wiggins, out of the top five has a small total from 2011 to defend.
The top ten did see one place change. Tony Martin moved up to tenth at the expense of Thomas Voeckler. Again this was due to the 12 month rolling rankings structure of the Index. Both riders actually have lower points totals than last week as they failed this year to match their exploits in the 2011 Dauphiné. Tony Martin moved up a spot as he managed to perform better than Voeckler in stages during the race.
Daniel Moreno moved up two spots to 17th thanks to winning two stages at the Dauphiné. Outside the top 20 it the main movers were all Bradley Wiggins teammates who helped him to victory at the Dauphiné.
Michael Rogers is likely to be an invaluable super domestic for Wiggins at the Tour de France after he backed up his win from the previous week at Bayern-Rundfahrt with a second place at the Dauphiné. Chris Froome finished fourth overall at the Dauphiné and has jumped back up to 40th thanks to his first major points scoring since the 2011Tour of Beijing where he came third. Finally Richie Porte finished 9th overall and is no in the top 50 riders in the world. These three riders are likely to be Wiggins’ main helpers at the Tour de France.
Highest new entry into the top 200 was Arthur Vichot in 185 place. The French rider won stage five of the Criterium du Dauphiné.
About the IG Markets Index
The IG Pro Cycling Index is a 12 month rolling ranking system designed to answer the question “Who is the best cyclist in the world?” We teamed up with sports data experts Opta to create a comprehensive cycling ranking system that was based on an entirely new formula. We source results from the 120 top international road races throughout the season. Races are ranked by our expert panel, based on their prestige and their importance to cycling fans and put into four tiers in three different categories.
The IG Pro Cycling Index has a number of features that make it unique: Races are tiered depending on history, importance and calibre of field rather than UCI Class. So winning the Tour of Beijing will not give you the same points as winning Paris-Nice or the Dauphiné. Wins carry much greater weight and are rewarded more than placings. Bonus points are awarded for multiple victories in the top races, winning the most prestigious stages at the Grand Tours or winning multiple classics.