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

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 
1Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo308 pts
2Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE264 
3Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team262 
4Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing260 
5Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step244 
6Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step200 
7Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling200 
8Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale183 
9John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano174 
10Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha151 
11Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team137 
12Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale132 
13Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky125 
14Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team118 
15Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team117 
16Carlos Betancur (COL) Ag2r-La Mondiale114 
17Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Team Tinkoff-Saxo111 
17Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale110 
19Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha107 
20Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team103 
21Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step100 
22Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida88 
23Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED) Garmin-Sharp84 
24Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida83 
25Zdenek Štybar (CZE) Omega Pharma-Quick Step83 
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Omega Pharma-Quick Step623 pts
2Movistar Team453 
3BMC Racing Team410 
4Team Katusha394 
5Team Tinkoff-Saxo389 
6Ag2r-La Mondiale380 
7Trek Factory Racing349 
8Team Sky326 
9Belkin Pro Cycling309 
18Team Europcar51 
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Spain725 pts
6Great Britain315 
13Czech Republic164 
14United States160 
21South Africa32 


Author: Cycling News

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