Valverde seals 2015 individual WorldTour victory

Spain remain best nation with team standings yet to be decided

Alejandro Valverde will be top-ranked rider on the UCI WorldTour standings for a second year running after he finished seventh place overall at the Vuelta a Espana. Valverde leads compatriot Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), 615 points to 474 and with Il Lombardia the sole remaining WorldTour race on the calendar in 2015 in which riders can pick up individual points.With 100 for the winner at the Italian monument, the Movistar rider has an unassailable lead.

Valverde took over the standings from Team Sky's Riche Porte when he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège in April with third overall at the Tour de France and Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian helping the 35-year-old further extend his lead.

Rodríguez's second place overall and 130 WorldTour points at the Vuelta lifted the 36-year-old from seventh to second on the overall standings. Vuelta overall winner Fabio Aru (Astana) was another big move inside the top ten as he jumped from 14th to fifth with 448 points. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) also lifted himself higher up the standings, moving from fifth to third with 457 points to his name.

Third place for Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) at the GP de Québec was good enough for 50 points but the Norwegian slips from second to fourth on 453 points. The winner of the Canadian one-day race, Rigoberto Urán, sits 12th on the standings after his first road success in 2015 on 301 points.

Tim Wellen's solo victory at the GP de Montréal saw the Lotto Soudal rider move up from 35th to 23rd.

With Valverde and Rodriguez top of the individual standings, Spain has a huge 764 point lead over Colombia who have accumulated 1069 points across the season. Since 2009, Spain has been the top ranked nation in all but one year when Italy took the honours in 2010. Great Britain (1041) and Italy are the only nations to have crossed the 1000 point threshold so far with Belgium the fifth best on 905.

The team standings look likely to be decided on the final day of racing in October with Movistar (1526) and Katusha (1419) the clear favourites for the title. Movistar have been the best team in the last two seasons but with 200 points on offer at the World Championships in the team time trial event, Team Sky (1254) could find themselves challenging for the top gong. At the bottom end of the team standings, IAM Cycling have collected just 189 points in its first season at the top level of the sport while Cannondale-Garmin (340) and FDJ (369) also languish near the bottom.

 

WorldTour standings

Individual
#Rider Name (Country) Teamstandings
1Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team615 pts
2Joaquim Rodríguez (Esp) Team Katusha474 
3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team457 
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha453 
5Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana448 
6Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky430 
7Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo407 
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team324 
9Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida324 
10Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky314 
11John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin302 
12Rigoberto Urán (Col) Etixx-Quick Step301 
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky283 
14Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin271 
15Simon Špilak (Slo) Team Katusha269 
16Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo257 
17Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ249 
18Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale242 
19Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge221 
20Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing212 
21Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale206 
22André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal203 
23Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal195 
24Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx-Quick Step195 
25lnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha194 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) Teamstandings
1Team Katusha1526 pts
2Movistar Team1419 
3Team Sky1254 
4Etixx-Quick Step988 
5Tinkoff-Saxo929 
6Astana916 
7BMC Racing Team810 
8Lotto-Soudal702 
9Orica-GreenEdge695 
10Giant-Alpecin649 
11AG2R La Mondiale587 
12Lampre-Merida566 
13Trek Factory Racing459 
14LottoNL-Jumbo375 
15FDJ369 
16Cannondale-Garmin340 
17IAM Cycling189 
Nations
#Rider Name (Country) Teamstandings
1Spain1833 pts
2Colombia1069 
3Great Britain1041 
4Italy1006 
5Belgium905 
6Netherlands848 
7France781 
8Australia777 
9Germany587 
10Norway453 
11Poland376 
12Portugal355 
13Czech Republic306 
14Slovenia294 
15Switzerland270 
16Slovakia257 
17Russia257 
18United States158 
19Denmark115 
20Ireland111 
21Canada102 
22Costa Rica93 
23Luxembourg74 
24Lithuania50 
25South Africa49 
26Ukraine40 
27Belarus32 
28Estonia25 
29New Zealand16 
30Kazakhstan6 
31Croatia6 
32Austria5 
33Latvia2 
34Argentina2 

 

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