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Spain, Contador and Omega Pharma-Quick Step still top of WorldTour rankings

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Cycling News
Published:
April 28, 2014, 5:00 BST,
Updated:
April 28, 2014, 6:58 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, April 28, 2014
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)

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Gerrans and Valverde move up to two and three after impressing in the Ardennes

With the WorldTour Ardennes triple — Amstel Gold RaceLa Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège — all taking place within one week, there were plenty of points on offer and potential for the individual, team and nations rankings to be adjusted accordingly. The winner of Amstel Gold and La Flèche were awarded 80 points and the winner of Liège, 100 points, although all three leaders remained the same ahead of the next WorldTour race, the Tour de Romandie, beginning on Tuesday

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) moved up to second overall having collected 150 points with victory in La Doyenne and third place at Amstel while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) now sits in third place overall and Michał Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is in fifth place after the week of racing. Gerrans was the first leader of the 2014 WorldTour rankings after winning a record third Tour Down Under title in January.

"This is an incredible victory, it's a dream come true to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège," Gerrans said after winning his second monument.

"It's was a very, very hard race and I've got to say thanks to team. I thought I didn't have the legs with 30km to go but they stayed with me and helped me in the finale. I was confident I could beat these guys in a small sprint and it went perfectly."

As the most consistent rider of the Ardennes, Valverde was a big mover on the rankings and now has 264 points while Kwiatkowski is on 244 points.

Although he didn't partake in the Ardennes, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) continues his reign at the top of the individual ranking with 308 points where he has sat since finishing second at the Volta a Catalunya. Contador has started the season strongly winning the overall at Tirenno-Adriatico and then the Tour of the Basque Country as he targets the Tour de France in July.

As the first leader of the 2014 WorldTour rankings, Gerrans moves up into second on 264 points after 100 point haul from Liège, two ahead of Valverde and four ahead of Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

Since the Tour of Flanders, Omega Pharma-Quick Step have maintained its lead in the team rankings. Movistar sit in second on 453 points and in third place is BMC with 410 points while Europcar, 51 points, and Astana, 93 points, are the only teams yet to reach 100 points.

Australia were early leaders in the nation rankings but sit in third on 416 points behind Spain on 725 while Belgium occupy second place with 547 points.

UCI WorldTour rankings as of 28th April 2014

WorldTour rankings - Individual
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 308  pts
2 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 264  
3 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 262  
4 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing 260  
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 244  
6 Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 200  
7 Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling 200  
8 Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale 183  
9 John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano 174  
10 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha 151  
11 Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 137  
12 Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 132  
13 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 125  
14 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 118  
15 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 117  
16 Carlos Betancur (COL) Ag2r-La Mondiale 114  
17 Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 111  
17 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 110  
19 Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 107  
20 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team 103  
21 Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 100  
22 Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida 88  
23 Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED) Garmin-Sharp 84  
24 Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida 83  
25 Zdenek Štybar (CZE) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 83  
Team
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 623  pts
2 Movistar Team 453  
3 BMC Racing Team 410  
4 Team Katusha 394  
5 Team Tinkoff-Saxo 389  
6 Ag2r-La Mondiale 380  
7 Trek Factory Racing 349  
8 Team Sky 326  
9 Belkin Pro Cycling 309  
10 Giant-Shimano 229  
11 Orica-GreenEDGE 221  
12 Garmin-Sharp 213  
13 Lampre-Merida 198  
14 Cannondale 188  
15 FDJ.fr 161  
16 Lotto-Belisol 144  
17 Astana 93  
18 Team Europcar 51  
       
Nation
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Spain 725  pts
2 Belgium 547  
3 Australia 416  
4 France 381  
5 Netherlands 365  
6 Great Britain 315  
7 Colombia 301  
8 Switzerland 274  
9 Germany 236  
10 Slovakia 193  
11 Italy 183  
12 Poland 174  
13 Czech Republic 164  
14 United States 160  
15 Norway 158  
15 Slovenia 114  
16 Poland 94  
17 Portugal 88  
18 Denmark 52  
19 Russia 39  
20 Croatia 34  
21 South Africa 32  
22 Belarus 10  
23 Luxembourg 4  

 

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