Valverde remains on top of rankings

Spanish rider combats controversy with results

Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde remains on top of the UCI's latest world rankings, released yesterday. It follows his win in the Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré earlier this month.

The Spanish rider has managed to continue his run of success despite being at the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged involvement in Operación Puerto. It resulted in a two-year suspension imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and Tour de France organiser ASO telling Valverde he would not be welcome at this year's edition of the race.

1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne295pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana263 
3Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank218 
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto217 
5Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step205 
6Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C202 
7Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team197 
8Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli194 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas190 
10Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini188 
Author: Daniel Simms

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