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|