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Rodriguez takes over WorldTour lead after Lombardia victory

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Cycling News
Published:
October 01, 2012, 20:34 BST,
Updated:
October 01, 2012, 21:31 BST
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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 1, 2012
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was too good for his rivals on the final climb

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was too good for his rivals on the final climb

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Sky remains top team, Spain leads country rankings

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) has ousted Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) from the number one spot in the UCI’s WorldTour ranking with Spain’s first ever victory in Il Lombardia.

Rodríguez took the victory in the 251km Monument in spectacular style, breaking away on the final climb of the Villa Vergano close to the finish as the rain poured down ever harder. Second was Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez, taking his fourth podium finish in Il Lombardia in a hard-fought sprint against Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling).

Third in the 2011 edition of Il Lombardia, any spot in 2012 from ninth to first would have allowed Rodríguez, second overall and trailing Wiggins (who was not competing) by nine points before the race, to claim what is looking likely to be a clear outright victory in the WorldTour rankings. But to do so with such an impressive lone win was the icing on the cake for the only rider to take two podium finishes in Grand Tours this season: second in the Giro d’Italia in May and then third in the Vuelta a España, after leading the race for two weeks, earlier this month.

Rodríguez now has 692 points to lead Wiggins by 91. From third to eighth in the WorldTour rankings there are no changes in places or points totals, with Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) still in third place with 410. Further down the rankings, however, Sanchez's second place in Il Lombardia and the 80 points that went with it has enabled the Spaniard to move into the top ten overall. Sanchez is now ninth, pushing Rui Faria da Costa (Team Movistar) and Vuelta Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) into tenth and eleventh places respectively.

In the WorldTour nations rankings Spain’s already impressive lead over Great Britain has increased notably thanks to their two top placings in Il Lombardia. Spain now leads by 726 points, up 190 points from their previous total. Their victory in the classification is assured with only one WorldTour event yet to take place in 2012.

There are no changes in positions for the nations ranked one through to seven but Colombia has made a big gain. In just one race, the South American nation has jumped from fourteenth to eighth overall.

Rodríguez's victory in Il Lombardia has had an important effect in the teams classification of the WorldTour, too. Although Sky Procycling has added on another 65 points and their number one spot overall is as unchallengeable as Spain’s in the nations ranking, Katusha Team - just five points behind Liquigas-Cannondale prior to the Italian Classic - is now in the runner’s up spot, 95 points ahead. Given Sky Procycling is still 418 points ahead, with just one round of 2012 World Tour racing remaining, it is mathematically impossible for Katusha Team to overhaul the Britons.

The final round of 2012 WorldTour calendar is China’s Tour of Beijing, from October 9th to 13th.

WorldTour rankings - Individuals
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 692 pts
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 601  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 410  
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 400  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 394  
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 390  
7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 376  
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 351  
9 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 332  
10 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 309  
11 Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 290  
12 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 241  
13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 237  
14 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 237  
15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 199  
16 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 194  
17 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 194  
18 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 194  
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 189  
20 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
22 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 183  
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 182  
24 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 181  
25 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 175  
26 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 172  
27 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 162  
28 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 160  
29 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 160  
30 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 150  
31 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 148  
32 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 145  
33 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 143  
34 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 134  
35 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 134  
36 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 134  
37 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp 132  
38 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 128  
39 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 122  
40 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 121  
41 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 120  
42 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 120  
43 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 114  
44 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 113  
45 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 112  
46 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team 110  
47 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 108  
48 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 106  
49 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 104  
50 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 104  
51 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 100  
52 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 98  
53 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 97  
54 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 94  
55 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 92  
56 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 89  
57 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 88  
58 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 87  
59 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 86  
60 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 85  
61 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team 82  
62 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 82  
63 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 80  
64 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 78  
65 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 77  
66 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 75  
67 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 72  
68 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 70  
69 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 70  
70 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 65  
71 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 64  
72 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 63  
73 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 60  
74 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 58  
75 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 56  
76 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 54  
77 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 52  
78 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 52  
79 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 51  
80 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 51  
81 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 50  
82 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 47  
83 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 46  
84 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 46  
85 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 44  
86 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 42  
87 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 41  
88 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp 40  
89 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 40  
90 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 40  
91 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 40  
92 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 37  
93 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 37  
94 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 36  
95 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 36  
96 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 35  
97 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 34  
98 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 33  
99 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 32  
100 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 31  
101 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 30  
102 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 30  
103 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
104 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp 30  
105 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
106 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 29  
107 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 29  
108 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 28  
109 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 26  
110 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
111 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 24  
112 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
113 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp 23  
114 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 22  
115 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 22  
116 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 22  
117 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
118 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
119 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 21  
120 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 21  
121 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20  
122 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
123 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 20  
124 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 20  
125 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 20  
126 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 20  
127 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team 18  
128 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 18  
129 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 18  
130 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 18  
131 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 17  
132 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 17  
133 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 16  
134 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 16  
135 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 16  
136 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
137 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 15  
138 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 14  
139 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
140 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 14  
141 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 14  
142 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 14  
143 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
144 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 13  
145 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 12  
146 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 11  
147 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
148 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 10  
149 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 10  
150 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
151 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 10  
152 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team 10  
153 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 10  
154 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
155 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 10  
156 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp 10  
157 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 10  
158 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 10  
159 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 9  
160 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 9  
161 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 9  
162 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 8  
163 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 8  
164 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 8  
165 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
166 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
167 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 8  
168 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
169 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
170 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 7  
171 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
172 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
173 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
174 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 6  
175 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 6  
176 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 6  
177 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6  
178 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team 6  
179 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
180 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5  
181 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 5  
182 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
183 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
184 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
185 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD 4  
186 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 4  
187 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 4  
188 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
189 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
190 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
191 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
192 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 4  
193 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
194 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
195 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 4  
196 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
197 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
198 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp 4  
199 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
200 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 3  
201 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
202 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
203 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2  
204 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
205 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
206 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
207 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2  
208 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
209 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
210 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
211 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2  
212 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
213 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
214 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
215 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team 2  
216 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
217 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan 1  
218 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1  
219 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 1  
220 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
221 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
222 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
223 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
224 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1  
225 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
226 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
227 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
228 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
229 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
230 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
231 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
232 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1  
233 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp 1  
234 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
235 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
236 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
237 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team 1  
238 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
239 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
240 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp 1  
241 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team 1  
242 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 1  
243 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1  
244 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
WorldTour rankings - Teams
1 Sky Procycling 1691 pts
2 Katusha Team 1273  
3 Liquigas-Cannondale 1178  
4 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1066  
5 Movistar Team 941  
6 Orica GreenEdge 920  
7 BMC Racing Team 917  
8 Rabobank Cycling Team 799  
9 Garmin - Sharp 694  
10 Lotto Belisol Team 625  
11 Astana Pro Team 622  
12 RadioShack-Nissan 619  
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi 555  
14 Lampre - ISD 431  
15 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 385  
16 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 343  
17 AG2R La Mondiale 273  
18 FDJ-Big Mat 246  
WorldTour rankings - Nations
1 Spain 1889 pts
2 Great Britain 1163  
3 Italy 1115  
4 Belgium 1014  
5 Australia 962  
6 Netherlands 733  
7 United States 530  
8 Colombia 404  
9 Portugal 401  
10 Norway 373  
11 France 367  
12 Slovakia 361  
13 Switzerland 357  
14 Germany 341  
15 Canada 274  
16 Slovenia 211  
17 Czech Republic 195  
18 Ireland 195  
19 Poland 189  
20 Russia 163  
21 Denmark 124  
22 Kazakhstan 112  
23 Luxembourg 90  
24 Croatia 77  
25 Austria 51  
26 Belarus 50  
27 Sweden 36  
28 Argentina 22  
29 Costa Rica 20  
30 South Africa 12  
31 Lithuania 10  
32 Estonia 6  
33 New Zealand 5  
34 Ukraine 2  
35 Brazil 1  

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