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Rodriguez closes the gap on Contador in UCI rankings

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
August 02, 2010, 13:50 BST,
Updated:
August 02, 2010, 20:30 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 2, 2010
Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez before the start

Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez before the start

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Astana extends lead in team ranking, Spain dominates nations ranking

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana) still leads the UCI World Rankings that were issued today but fellow Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has closed the gap to 54 points after finishing fifth in Saturday's Clasica San Sebastian.

Contador scored 220 points at the Tour de France and jumped to the top of the ranking with a total of 482 points. However he is unlikely to ride other major race this season and so is not expected to score more points. Rodriguez scored 30 points for his fifth place at the Clasica San Sebastian and now has 428 points, making him the biggest favourite to top the rankings at the end of the season. Rodriguez has won stage five of the Vuelta a Pais Vasco and stage 12 of the Tour de France. He is likely to score more points in the second half of the season and at the Vuelta Espana.

Cadel Evans (BMC) is third in the individual ranking with 390 point, Clasica San Sebastian winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) moved up from fifth to fourth and now has a total of 363 points, with Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) fifth with 304 points.

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) was the only big mover in the individual ranking, moving up from tenth to sixth with 283 points thanks to this second place behind Sanchez.

Team rankings vital for 2011 race invitations

Vinokourov's Astana team continues to dominate the team ranking and now has a total of 944 point. Saxo Bank is second with 790 points and Katusha is third with 739 points.

With the 2010 team rankings important for securing invitations to the three Grand Tours and major one-day classics on the Historic calendar in 2011, points scored in the final races of the season could be vital.

Under a new agreement between the UCI and the big-three race organisers ASO, RCS Sport and Unipublic, 17 teams will automatically be invited to races next year. Team Sky is currently in 17th place but with the future of several other teams is in doubt, their place in the top echelon of the sport seems secure. Below them, Ag2r-La Mondiale, Cofidis, BBox Bouygues Telecom, Vacansoleil and Francaise des Jeux are fighting for the final places.

Thanks to the success of Contador, Rodriguez and Sanchez, Spain still leads the UCI World Ranking for nations.

Spain has a total of 1644 points, almost double the total of Italy in second, that has 856 points. Belgium is third with 849 points, Australia is fourth with 725 points and the USA is fifth 568 points.

The next update of the World Ranking will be published after this week's Tour of Poland.

Elite Men UCI World Rankings
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 482 pts
2 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 428  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 390  
4 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 363  
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 304  
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 283  
7 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 258  
8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 250  
9 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 239  
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 239  
11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 217  
12 Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack 216  
13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 216  
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 213  
15 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 206  
16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 203  
17 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 188  
18 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 174  
19 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 169  
20 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 163  
Teams
1 Astana 944 pts
2 Team Saxo Bank 790  
3 Team Katusha 739  
4 Liquigas-Doimo 634  
5 Omega Pharma-Lotto 621  
6 Rabobank 619  
7 HTC - Columbia 595  
8 Caisse d'Epargne 586  
9 Team RadioShack 562  
10 Bmc Racing Team 553  
11 Cervelo Test Team 464  
12 Euskaltel - Euskadi 425  
13 Lampre-Farnese Vini 420  
14 Garmin - Transitions 415  
15 Quick Step 309  
16 Androni Giocattoli 243  
17 Team Sky 231  
18 Ag2R La Mondiale 192  
19 Cofidis 148  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 147  
21 Acqua & Sapone 134  
22 Colnago - Csf Inox 119  
23 Vacansoleil 115  
24 Team Milram 106  
25 Française Des Jeux 88  
Nations
1 Spain 1644 pts
2 Italy 856  
3 Belgium 849  
4 Australia 725  
5 United States 568  
6 Russia 423  
7 Kazakhstan 400  
8 Luxembourg 398  
9 Switzerland 355  
10 Germany 343  
11 Netherlands 317  
12 France 311  
13 Slovenia 294  
14 Great Britain 255  
15 Canada 217  
16 Czech Republic 188  
17 Norway 178  
18 New Zealand 139  
19 Estonia 111  
20 Denmark 102  
21 Ireland 87  
22 Austria 83  
23 Portugal 74  
24 Colombia 53  
25 Slovakia 43  

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