ProTour: Valverde still number one; Evans, Schumacher big movers

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears) has retained his ProTour number one ranking...

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears) has retained his ProTour number one ranking after the latest points were awarded at the conclusion of the Tour of Poland. Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) moved from sixth to second and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) moved from seventh to third after their strong showing in Poland.

Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) was the biggest mover from outside the top ten. He moved from 25th to seventh after his overall win in the Tour of Poland. Evans and Ballan respective second and third places overall was enough to displace Franck Schleck and Tom Boonen from third and fourth spots.

Valverde's ProTour lead is set to increase when points are calculated after the Vuelta Espana, which he is currently leading. The overall win in the Vuelta is worth 85 points and his stage 6 win will add eight points to his tally.

Team CSC retained the lead over Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears in the teams ranking, although CSC's 11-point lead could be easily eclipsed by Caisse D'Epargne's Valverde when the Vuelta points are tallied. Similarly, Italy's lead in the nation's ranking could change after the Vuelta, with Spanish riders lying first and third overall.

ProTour rankings as at 10 September, 2006

Full rankings: Individuals, teams, nations.

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