Valverde, Movistar and Spain top final WorldTour rankings

Spanish team hails best year yet

Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team both sealed victory in the final WorldTour standings, as the curtain fell on the series at the Tour of Beijing. It was a clean sweep for Spain, who also wrapped up the national rankings, more than 700 points clear of Italy. Movistar has hailed it as their most successful season, after taking 34 victories throughout the year – including Nairo Quintana’s Giro d’Italia success.

“Winning both WorldTour classifications makes us immensely happy. It's a reward to our sponsors' big efforts to keep us alive, as well as all our collaborators,” said team manager Eusebio Unzué. “It's the icing on top of the cake, the best way to end our season, a top mark for a great year, and something that should be more appreciated than it really is. I don't know if this is the right moment to defend it, but honestly, I think these are the true world championships in our sport.”

The team competition went down to the wire in 2013, with Movistar stealing the overall lead from Team Sky in Beijing. However, they dominated the competition this season, finishing more than 200 points ahead of their nearest competitor BMC Racing. The American squad jumped to second above Tinkoff-Saxo after Philippe Gilbert’s overall victory at the Tour of Beijing.

Former winners of the competition Sky were nudged down to ninth position, as Giant-Shimano moved up, while Astana scraped into the top 10 ahead of Garmin-Sharp. AG2R La Mondiale’s success at the Tour de France has put the team in the top 10 for the first time since the inception of the WorldTour, as they slot into sixth.

Valverde has contributed to almost a third of the Movistar victory tally, with 11 in total. His consistent podiums in races such as Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Il Lombardia and the Vuelta a España means that he finishes the season with a 66-point advantage over compatriot Alberto Contador. Among Valverde’s victories were the three one-day races Roma Maxima, Fleche Wallonne and Clásica San Sebastián. He also finished on the podium at the World Championships, but that result does not contribute to the standings.

With Contador’s performance at the Vuelta a España launching him into the top spot, the competition was set to come down to the final race in Beijing. Contador arrived at the penultimate round of the WorldTour, Il Lombardia, with a slim 14-point advantage but a crash in the final corner forced him to call an end to his season. Neither rider raced in Beijing.

“Alejandro had one of his best seasons ever,” said Unzué. “Nairo doesn't stop growing as a cyclist and already conquered his first Grand Tour, many youngsters have taken a step forward... All of that makes us face the future with hope and confidence, but we're really conscious about how difficult is to improve what we got in 2014. You just have to look at the other teams' rosters to realize that one day, it might be our time not to fulfil our goals.”

In the end, the Tour of Beijing didn’t have a huge impact on the final standings, although Dan Martin’s performance sees him make a late entry at 8th. The Garmin-Sharp rider was languishing down in 39th two weeks ago, but his victory at Il Lombardia, and second overall and stage victory in Beijing means that he has jumped 31 places in the rankings. Rui Costa was unable to knock Simon Gerrans out of third, while Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali ends the season in fifth. Last year’s winner Joaquim Rodríguez finished 12th overall.



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team686 pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo620 
3Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge478 
4Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida461 
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team392 
6Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team346 
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky326 
8Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha321 
9Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp316 
10Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale300 
11Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing286 
12Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha286 
13John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano278 
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team272 
15Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale263 
16Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team257 
17Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team248 
18Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale247 
19Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team246 
20Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo241 
21Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano240 
22Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team219 
23Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team216 
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team210 
25Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol204 
26Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team200 
27Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale197 
28Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team188 
29Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha173 
30Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team173 
31Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky168 
32Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr162 
33Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team162 
34Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team146 
35Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol140 
36Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar138 
37Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano136 
38Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp135 
39Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo135 
40Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr128 
41Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp126 
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida125 
43Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team123 
44Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team119 
45Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr116 
46Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale114 
47Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team109 
48Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing108 
49Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team105 
50Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol104 
51Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky104 
52Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano103 
53Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing101 
54Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team100 
55Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team97 
56Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol96 
57Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team93 
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team92 
59Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky91 
60Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar84 
61Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp84 
62Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing84 
63Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha84 
64Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge80 
65Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge80 
66Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing80 
67Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr77 
68Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp76 
69Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team74 
70Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha74 
71Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team74 
72Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge73 
73Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge72 
74Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky71 
75Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team69 
76Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida67 
77Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp64 
78Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team62 
79Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale61 
80Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team60 
81Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team60 
82Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo60 
83Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano58 
84Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp55 
85Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha51 
86Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha51 
87Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale47 
88André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol46 
89Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge44 
90Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team42 
91Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team40 
92Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky38 
93Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team37 
94Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida36 
95Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team36 
96Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano34 
97Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp34 
98Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale32 
99Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale30 
100Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing30 
101Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol28 
102Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol28 
103Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team26 
104Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team26 
105Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team24 
106Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale24 
107Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr22 
108Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar22 
109Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale22 
110Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team22 
111Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge21 
112Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20 
113Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale18 
114Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida17 
115Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team16 
116Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team16 
117Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team16 
118Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar16 
119Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida16 
120Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team16 
121Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge16 
122Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida16 
123Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team15 
124Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha15 
125Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team14 
126Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team14 
127Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale14 
128Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14 
129Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky12 
130Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team12 
131Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team11 
132Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp11 
133Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida11 
134Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar11 
135Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing11 
136Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team10 
137Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
138Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team10 
139Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team10 
140Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida10 
141Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo10 
142Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team10 
143Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo9 
144Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale9 
145Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team8 
146Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol8 
147Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team8 
148Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky8 
149Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar8 
150Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
151Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky8 
152Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team8 
153Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team8 
154Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team6 
155Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha6 
156Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team6 
157John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team6 
158Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano6 
159Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing6 
160Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team6 
161Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol6 
162Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge6 
163Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team6 
164Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing6 
165Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing6 
166Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano6 
167Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team6 
168Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team6 
169Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale5 
170Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team5 
171Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team5 
172Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol5 
173Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar5 
174Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
175Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida4 
176Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team4 
177Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida4 
178Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar4 
179Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar4 
180Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar4 
181Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team4 
182Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
183Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo4 
184Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
185Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar4 
186Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano4 
187Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
188Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol4 
189Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4 
190Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3 
191Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team3 
192Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team3 
193Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo3 
194Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol3 
195Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3 
196Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team3 
197Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar2 
198Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp2 
199Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
200Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
201Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida2 
202Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky2 
203Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha2 
204Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge2 
205Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp2 
206Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp2 
207Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida2 
208Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team2 
209Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team2 
210Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp2 
211Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team2 
212Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol2 
213Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
214Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team2 
215Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol2 
216Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale2 
217Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
218Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky2 
219Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team1 
220Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1 
221Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr1 
222Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
223Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team1 
224Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo1 
225Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing1 
226Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge1 
227Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1 
228Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale1 
229Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha1 
230Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1 
231Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
232Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing1 
233Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1 
234Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale1 
235Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida1 
236Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team1440 pts
2BMC Racing Team1212 
4Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1016 
5Orica Greenedge953 
6Team Katusha938 
7AG2R La Mondiale919 
8Team Giant-Shimano905 
9Team Sky890 
10Astana Pro Team823 
11Garmin Sharp807 
12Belkin-Pro Cycling Team795 
13Trek Factory Racing759 
15Lotto Belisol590 
18Team Europcar271 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Spain1834 pts
8Great Britain721 
12United States430 
18Czech Republic238 
23South Africa79 
26Costa Rica40 
29New Zealand16 


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