Valverde takes over WorldTour lead

Spaniard's win in Clasica San Sebastian vaults him to top spot

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) surged to the lead in the overall WorldTour rankings thanks to his solo victory in the Clásica San Sebástian on Saturday.

The Spaniard leaped over the previous individual ranking leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and the Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

Valverde, now with 462 points, holds a 55 point lead on Contador, while Nibali is 70 points behind, but denied being fuelled by anger for having missed out on a podium place in the Tour de France.

"It was not really like I was holding a big grudge, because I've shown how I can do all year long," Valverde said. "It's just that it was a bad end to my Tour, not being able to achieve the podium goal after coming so close.

"The only thing we could do was race on full steam ahead like I always do when I put on a bib number. San Sebastián is a race I really like, even more with this route. It's my second victory here, plus two other podiums. Ten wins already this season, now on top of the WorldTour... I can only be happy."

Valverde has been on the top of the podium all year, starting with the Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol, in which he won three stages and the overall in February. He followed that with wins in the Vuelta Murcia and Roma Maxima in March, and the GP Miguel Indurain and La Flèche Wallonne in April, and the Spanish national time trial title in June.

Other movers were Bauke Mollema (Belkin) who rose to 11th from 19th in the rankings thanks to his second place in San Sebastian. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), third in San Sebastian, climbed to 23rd from 35th.

Spain and Movistar kept their top placings on the nations and team rankings, respectively.

UCI WorldTour rankings as of August 2, 2014

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team462 pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo407 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team392 
4Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team345 
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale300 
6Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing274 
7Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge268 
8Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida268 
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale257 
10Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team257 
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team242 
12Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha231 
13Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team219 
14Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale217 
15Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team200 
16Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team200 
17Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale197 
18John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano196 
19Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team188 
20Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha173 
21Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky163 
22Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr162 
23Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha157 
24Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team155 
25Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team138 
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar138 
27Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp135 
28Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo135 
29Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team130 
30Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo129 
31Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky125 
32Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida125 
33Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team124 
34Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale114 
35Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano114 
36Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team108 
37Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol104 
38Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team103 
39Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team100 
40Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team97 
41Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol96 
42Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky91 
43Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team87 
44Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol84 
45Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp84 
47Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing80 
48Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr78 
49Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky78 
50Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr77 
51Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano77 
52Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky71 
53Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing70 
54Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team69 
55Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr69 
56Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team66 
57Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team64 
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team62 
59Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp60 
60Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha60 
61Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team60 
62Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo60 
63Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp55 
64Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp52 
65Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha51 
66André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol46 
67Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar44 
68Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge44 
69Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha44 
70Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team42 
71Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team41 
72Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team41 
73Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge40 
74Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing40 
75Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano38 
76Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp36 
77Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano34 
78Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge33 
79Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale32 
80Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team32 
81Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale30 
82Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing30 
83Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge29 
84Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida27 
85Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp24 
86Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr22 
87Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team22 
88Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team21 
89Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team20 
90Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20 
91Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol18 
92Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team16 
93Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team16 
94Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar16 
95Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol16 
96Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team16 
97Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge16 
98Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha15 
99Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team15 
100Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp15 
101Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team14 
102Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale14 
103Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol12 
104Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky12 
105Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team11 
106Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp11 
107Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar11 
108Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida11 
109Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
110Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale10 
111Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
112Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano10 
113Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team10 
114Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
115Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida10 
116Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo10 
117Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale9 
118Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team8 
119Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
120Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky8 
121Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky8 
122Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar8 
123Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team7 
124Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida7 
125Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team7 
126Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol6 
127Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha6 
128John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team6 
129Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team6 
130Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky6 
131Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica Greenedge6 
132Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp6 
133Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge6 
134Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing6 
135Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano6 
136Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team6 
137Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team6 
138Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team5 
139Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team5 
140Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar5 
141Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team4 
142Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida4 
143Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar4 
144Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4 
145Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano4 
146Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge4 
147Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol4 
148Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica Greenedge4 
149Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo4 
150Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar4 
151Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team4 
152Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo3 
153Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3 
154Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team3 
155Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3 
156Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol3 
157Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar2 
158André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp2 
159Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale2 
160Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
161Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida2 
162Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano2 
163Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
164Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp2 
165Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge2 
166Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team2 
167Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale2 
168Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky2 
169Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team2 
170Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
171Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
172Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing2 
173Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp2 
174Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
175Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr1 
176Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge1 
177Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1 
178Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
179Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida1 
180Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1 
181Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing1 
182Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo1 
183Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
184Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team1 
185Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar1 
186Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge1 
187Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale1 
188Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Spain1188 pts
9Great Britain485 
11United States Of America381 
17Czech Republic222 
20Russian Federation72 
25South Africa35 
29New Zealand2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team981 pts
2AG2R La Mondiale860 
3Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team842 
5Belkin Pro Cycling Team682 
6Team Katusha672 
7BMC Racing Team659 
8Astana Pro Team644 
9Trek Factory Racing548 
10Team Sky528 
11Team Giant-Shimano459 
13Orica Greenedge414 
15Garmin Sharp386 
16Lotto Belisol348 
18Team Europcar217 


Author: Cycling News

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