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Iranian Sohrabi leads in UCI race wins

By:
Steve Thomas
Published:
April 28, 2011, 0:32 BST,
Updated:
April 28, 2011, 1:32 BST
Thumbs up from new race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team)

Thumbs up from new race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team)

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Asia Tour leader has 10 victories this season

With the year almost a third of the way through, it may come a surprise to some to hear that the number one ranked UCI race winner of the 2011 season to date is Iranian rider Mehdi Sohrabi of the Tabriz Petrochemical Team.

Sohrabi has scored 10 victories so far this season: five stages and the overall at the Kerman Tour, two stages and the GC at the Jelajah Malaysia and a stage of the Tour de Taiwan, leaving him three notches ahead of the likes of Philippe Gilbert and young Italian sprinter Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini).

The 29-year old Sohrabi has ridden for the Tabriz Petrochemical Team since it was founded by his teammates Hossein Askari, Ahad Kazemi (recently retired) and Ghader Mizbani in 2007.

The team is backed by a major petroleum company from their home town in the mountainous north of Iran and has 16 elite riders including former Pro Tour riders Markus Eibegger and Boris Shpilevsky, (both ex Fuji-Servetto), as well as more than 30 younger riders on its roster. It is one of four Iranian UCI Continental registered teams in 2011.

Known as a powerful all-rounder, the bulky Sohrabi is a double Asian Road Race Champion (2006, 2010) and won the overall 2010 UCI Asia Tour title, which he also leads so far in 2011.

Following a busy early season, where the Tabriz Petrochemical Team won the UCI Asia Tour's Tour of Thailand, Tour of Taiwan and Jelajah Malaysia the squad will line up for a May double billing on home turf; The International Tour of Azerbaijan and the International Presidency Tour, both UCI Asia Tour 2.2-ranked stage races.

In Asia the Iranian riders are highly respected, and pretty hard to beat, even when they come up against serious European, US and Australian opposition. But, unfortunately political situations make it hard for them to obtain visas to travel outside of 'friendly' fellow Asian countries, even for sporting purposes. Needless to say this also restricts any greater ambitions they may harbour within cycling. Some Iranian riders have even been offered World Tour team contracts in the past, but have been unable to follow through with visas.

Asia Tour ranking as of April 25, 2011

1 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 188  pts
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 167  
3 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 145  
4 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Letua Cycling Team 128  
5 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 123  
6 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano 119  
7 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 116  
8 Rahim Ememi (IRI) IAU 107  
9 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 104  
10 Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) 90.66  
11 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 86  
12 Muradjan Khalmuratov (Uzb) 82  
13 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 81  
14 Johnnie Walker (Aus) 78  
15 Alexei Markov (Rus) 77  
16 David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team 75  
17 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) 74  
18 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 74  
19 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 73  
20 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team 71  
21 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) 70  
22 Peter Mcdonald (Aus) V Australia 70  
23 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 66  
24 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 63  
25 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 60  
25 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 60  
27 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 59  
28 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
29 Herwin Jaya (Ina) 58.66  
30 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) 56  
31 Samad Poor Seiedi (IRI) IAU 51  
32 Hassan Maleki Mizan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 50  
33 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 48  
34 Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo 46  
35 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Letua Cycling Team 46  
36 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 45  
37 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 43  
38 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 42  
39 Fatahilah Abdullah (Ina) 42  
40 David Kemp (Aus) Veranda's Willems - Accent 40  
41 Tyler Day (RSA) Team Bonitas 40  
42 Amir Zargari (IRI) IAU 40  
43 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing 40  
44 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 40  
45 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) 39  
46 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Vali Asr Kerman 39  
47 Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 38  
48 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Motorpoint 37  
49 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 37  
50 Sung Baek Park (Kor) KSPO 37  
51 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice 37  
52 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 36  
53 Farshad Salehian (IRI) IAU 35  
54 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 35  
55 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team 33  
55 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) 33  
57 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano 32  
58 Jing Yang (Chn) 30  
59 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 30  
60 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) 30  
61 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 28  
62 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 28  
63 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System 27  
64 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware 26  
65 David Kopp (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland 26  
66 Malcolm Lange (RSA) 24  
67 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac 24  
68 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team 24  
69 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) 24  
69 Ho-Sung Cho (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team 24  
71 Barati Rasoul (IRI) 23  
72 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 23  
73 Enrique Mata (Spa) 23  
74 William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 21  
75 Bradeley Hall (Aus) 21  
76 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia 21  
77 Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Letua Cycling Team 20  
78 Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 20  
79 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint 20  
80 Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland 20  
81 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) 20  
82 Michele Merlo (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia 19  
83 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) 18.66  
84 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 18  
85 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) 17  
86 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 17  
87 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita    
88 Sam Davis (Aus) 16.66  
89 Edmunds John Hollands (Aus)    
90 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 16  
91 Serhy Hrechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita 16  
92 Dias Omirzakov (Kaz) 16  
93 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano 16  
93 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac 16  
95 Alireza Haghi (IRI) IAU 15  
96 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano 15  
97 Kam-Po Wong (HKg) 15  
98 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 15  
98 Edward Clancy (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 15  
98 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) 15  
101 Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team 14  
102 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 14  
103 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 13  
104 Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 13  
105 Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) 12  
106 Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 12  
107 Eric Sheppard (Aus) 12  
108 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac 12  
109 Seyed Moezeddin Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Vali Asr Kerman 12  
110 Jong Gyun Choi (Kor) 12  
111 Rongxi Zou (Chn) 12  
112 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System 12  
112 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac 12  
114 Projo Waseso (Ina) 11  
115 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 10  
116 Jonas Pedersen (Den) 10  
117 Siros Hashemzadeh (IRI) 10  
118 Iwan Setiawan (Ina) 10  
119 Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports 10  
120 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Geumsan Ginseng Asia 10  
121 Roman Krasilnikov (Rus) 10  
122 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano 10  
123 Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) 10  
124 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 10  
124 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac 10  
124 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse 10  
124 René Weissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg 10  
124 Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) 10  
129 Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland 9  
130 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice 9  
131 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team 9  
132 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 9  
132 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 9  
134 Azman Zulkifli Mohd (Mas) 8  
135 Lloyd Lucien Reynante (Phi) 8  
136 Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) 8  
137 Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) 8  
138 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg 8  
139 Van Duan Le (Vie) 8  
140 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac 8  
140 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia 8  
140 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports 8  
140 Muhammad Taufik (Ina) 8  
140 Patria Rastra (Ina) 8  
140 Nanto Ferry (Ina)    
146 Roger Nathan Dahlberg (NZl) 7.66  
147 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 7  
148 Johann Rabie (RSA) Team Bonitas 7  
149 Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) 7  
150 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp 7  
151 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 7  
151 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 7  
151 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 7  
151 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano 7  
151 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 7  
151 Ericson Obosa (Phi) 7  
157 Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) 6  
158 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System 6  
159 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team 6  
160 Soren Petersen (Den) 6  
161 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth 6  
162 Deon Locke (Aus) Champion System 6  
163 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse 6  
164 Bo Liu (Chn) Gammax 6  
165 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 6  
166 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 6  
167 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
168 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 6  
168 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 6  
168 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 6  
168 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
172 Matnur Matnur (Ina) 5.66  
173 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team 5  
174 Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 5  
175 Chris Joven (Phi) 5  
175 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 5  
175 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC 5  
175 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac 5  
175 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo 5  
175 Seon Ho Park (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team 5  
175 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 5  
175 Joon Yong Seo (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team 5  
175 Martin Müller (Swi) 5  
175 Nunung Burhanudin (Ina) 5  
185 Minh Thuy Bul (Vie) 4  
186 Tots Oledan (Phi) 4  
187 Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 4  
187 Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano 4  
187 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 4  
187 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 4  
187 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 4  
192 Irish Valenzuela (Phi) 3  
193 Logan Calder (Aus) 3  
194 Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 3  
195 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 3  
196 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 3  
197 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 3  
198 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag 3  
199 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint 3  
200 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 3  
201 Fadi Shekhoni (Syr) 3  
202 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team 3  
203 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 3  
204 Sayed Ahmed Alawi (Brn) 2  
205 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 2  
205 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 2  
205 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 2  
205 Matvey Nikitin (Kaz) 2  
205 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 2  
205 Lee Rodgers (Jpn) Fuji - Cyclingtime.com 2  
205 Douglas Repacholi (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team 2  
205 Sun Jae Jang (Kor) 2  
205 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 2  
205 Matej Jurco (Svk) Dukla Trencin Merida 2  
205 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 2  
205 Rakhmadani (Ina)    
217 Alex Malone (Aus) 1.66  
217 Will Wettenhall (Aus)    
217 David Treacey (Mlt)    
217 Lex Nederlof (Ned)    
221 Dean Gathercole (Aus) 0.66  
221 Peter Griffin (Aus)    
221 Chris Clasby (Aus)    
Teams
1 Tabriz Petrochemical Team 550  pts
2 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 332  
3 Azad University 248  
4 Skil - Shimano 223  
5 Aisan Racing Team 203  
6 Letua Cycling Team 199  
7 Androni Giocattoli 197  
8 Terengganu Cycling Team 182  
9 CCC Polsat Polkowice 169  
10 Team Europcar 136  
11 Giant Kenda Cycling Team 128  
12 Bridgestone Anchor 119  
13 Shimano Racing Team 119  
14 Suren Cycling Team 108  
15 Drapac 87  
16 Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 77  
17 V Australia 70  
18 Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling 70  
19 Motorpoint 60  
20 Jelly Belly Cycling 56  
21 Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland 55  
22 Mtn Qhubeka 54  
23 d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo 51  
24 Vali Asr Kerman 51  
25 Champion System 51  
26 Team Bonitas 47  
27 Veranda's Willems - Accent 40  
28 Endura Racing 40  
29 Geumsan Ginseng Asia 39  
30 KSPO 37  
31 Rapha Condor - Sharp 36  
32 Chipotle Development Team 36  
33 Seoul Cycling Team 34  
34 Amore & Vita 33  
35 Sp Tableware 26  
36 Colnago - Csf Inox 23  
37 De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia 19  
38 Max Success Sports 18  
39 Team Vorarlberg 18  
40 Landbouwkrediet 18  
41 Nutrixxion Sparkasse 16  
42 FDJ 12  
43 Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De 9  
44 Team Netapp 7  
45 Gammax 6  
45 Kelly Benefit Strategies - Optumhealth 6  
47 Genesys Wealth Advisers 5  
48 Geox-TMC 5  
48 Action Cycling Team 5  
50 Hengxiang Cycling Team 3  
50 Matrix Powertag 3  
50 Perutnina Ptuj 3  
53 Fuji - Cyclingtime.com 2  
53 China Jilun Cycling Team 2  
53 Dukla Trencin Merida 2  
Nations
1 Japan 688  pts
2 Iran 638  
3 Korea 217  
4 Malaysia 174.98  
5 Indonesia 4199:31:12  
6 Kazakhstan 131  
7 Hong Kong, China 124  
8 Uzbekistan 92  
9 China 73  
10 Syria 38  
11 Philippines 27  
12 Kyrgyzstan 20  
13 Vietnam 12  
14 Bahrain 11  
15 Chinese Taipei 5  

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