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Valverde remains on top of rankings

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
June 23, 2009, 2:44 BST,
Updated:
June 23, 2009, 9:42 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, June 23, 2009
Race:
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) won the Dauphiné Libéré for the second year in a row.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) won the Dauphiné Libéré for the second year in a row.

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Spanish rider combats controversy with results

Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde remains on top of the UCI's latest world rankings, released yesterday. It follows his win in the Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré earlier this month.

The Spanish rider has managed to continue his run of success despite being at the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged involvement in Operación Puerto. It resulted in a two-year suspension imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and Tour de France organiser ASO telling Valverde he would not be welcome at this year's edition of the race.

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne 295 pts
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 263  
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 218  
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 217  
5 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step 205  
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 202  
7 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 197  
8 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 194  
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 190  
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini 188  

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