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Kristoff now fourth on WorldTour rankings after Milan-San Remo win

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Cycling News
Published:
March 24, 2014, 19:40 GMT,
Updated:
March 24, 2014, 18:49 GMT
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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 24, 2014
Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the best sprinter after 300km of racing

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the best sprinter after 300km of racing

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Eighth in last year's Milan-San Remo, 12 months on Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) has triumphed in the first Monument of 2014, out-sprinting a group of 27 riders in what is easily his biggest win to date. As a result, Kristoff jumps to fourth overall on the latest UCI WorldTour standings.

A bronze medallist in the 2012 Olympics, former national champion and already a winner of a stage of the Tour of Oman in 2014, Kristoff timed his final charge for the line in the rain-soaked streets of San Remo to perfection. Shooting past Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), second for a third time, and Team Sky's Ben Swift - who placed third - Kristoff said his victory represented a new high point in his career.

"[Teammate] Luca Paolini helped me enormously in the finale, but I really didn't think more than a top ten finish was possible," Kristoff said. "Even if a sprint after 300 kilometres is very different to a normal sprint, I couldn't believe I'd won until I crossed the line. It's absolutely fantastic."

While the top three riders in the UCI WorldTour - Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) with 114, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) with 114 and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) with 112 - remain with unchanged placings and unchanged points totals, Kristoff has gained no fewer than 59 spots and is now fourth with 101 points.

He is not the only Classics rider or sprinter to make significant progress towards the highest placings thanks to Milan-San Remo: Cancellara now lies in seventh with 84 points, Swift takes his first UCI WorldTour points to move into 12th, and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step), who was fifth in the race, moves up from 33rd to 17th.

In the nations classification, Australia remains in the lead with 336 points, but Spain has closed the gap and moved up from third to second overall with 266 points. Colombia dropped from second to third with 248 points.

Unsurprising, Norway is the biggest mover in the WorldTour nations ranking, up from 22nd to eighth, while Great Britain, gaining five places to go up to the sixth place overall, has also made considerable progress.

A familiar name is back in the top spot of the teams classification. Movistar, the 2013 WorldTour team classification winner, takes over the lead from AG2R La Mondiale with 218 points. The French squad is now second at 216 points, while Lampre-Merida remains in third with 191 points. Trek Factory Racing and Team Sky, meanwhile, both profit from Milan-San Remo to leapfrog past the opposition - Trek Factory Racing into fifth with 168 points and Team Sky, also with 168, in sixth.

The impact of the Classics on the UCI WorldTour has already been considerable, even though the bulk of one-day racing this spring is yet to come. And in five days time, at the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium, the Classics racers will have their next big opportunity to gain both points and places in the UCI WorldTour.

WorldTour - Individuals
1 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 114 pts
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 114  
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 112  
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 101  
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 88  
6 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 88  
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 84  
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 84  
9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 83  
10 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 78  
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 71  
12 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 70  
13 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 68  
14 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 67  
15 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 61  
16 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team 60  
17 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 56  
18 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp 55  
19 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 52  
20 Julián David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 50  
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 42  
22 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 42  
23 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 40  
24 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 33  
25 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 32  
26 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 30  
27 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 25  
28 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 22  
29 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 20  
30 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 20  
31 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 18  
32 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 14  
33 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 13  
34 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 12  
35 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 12  
36 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 10  
37 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 10  
38 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 8  
39 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 6  
40 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 6  
41 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 5  
42 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol 4  
43 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky 4  
44 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 4  
45 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4  
46 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4  
47 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 4  
48 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4  
49 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4  
50 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4  
51 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 4  
52 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 3  
53 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 2  
54 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp 2  
55 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 2  
56 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp 2  
57 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2  
57 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2  
59 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 2  
60 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2  
61 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1  
62 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 1  
63 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 1  
64 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 1  
65 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 1  
66 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
67 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale 1  
68 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1  
69 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
70 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 1  
71 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 1  
72 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
73 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp 1  
WorldTour - Nations
1 Australia 336 pts
2 Spain 266  
3 Colombia 248  
4 France 194  
5 Italy 159  
6 Great Britain 155  
7 Czech Republic 104  
8 Norway 102  
9 Portugal 88  
10 Switzerland 84  
11 Netherlands 64  
12 Denmark 52  
13 Germany 37  
14 South Africa 32  
15 Croatia 30  
16 Slovakia 23  
17 Slovenia 21  
18 Belgium 9  
19 Russia 4  
20 Luxembourg 4  
21 Poland 4  
22 United States 3  
WorldTour - Teams
1 Movistar Team 218 pts
2 AG2R La Mondiale 216  
3 Lampre-Merida 191  
4 Tinkoff-Saxo 183  
5 Trek Factory Racing 168  
6 Team Sky 168  
7 Orica GreenEdge 153  
8 Team Katusha 147  
9 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 101  
10 BMC Racing Team 100  
11 FDJ.fr 91  
12 Garmin Sharp 72  
13 Astana Pro Team 64  
14 Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 51  
15 Team Europcar 44  
16 Lotto Belisol 38  
17 Team Giant-Shimano 20  
18 Cannondale 16  

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