Valverde up to second on WorldTour standings

Australian with narrow lead over Spain while Etixx-Quick Step lead team standings

Following his La Flèche Wallonne victory and second place at Amstel Gold Race, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has moved up to second place on WorldTour standings behind Team Sky's Richie Porte. Valverde's two recent WorldTour performances have also elevated Spain to within one point of Australia on the national standings while Etixx-Quick Step retains its lead of the team standings.

Porte, who has lead the standings since Paris-Nice, has amassed 303 points from the three WorldTour events he has raced in 2015 and currently leads the Giro del Trentino. The 80 points on offer for the winner of Flèche Wallonne elevated Valverde to one point ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) along with the 60 points he earned from Amstel Gold Race. Valverde will have the opportunity to further move up the standings on Sunday with 100 points for the winner of Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

In fourth place on the standings is the dual monument winner of the early-season, John Degenkolb, on 232 points with Michał Kwiatkowski rounding out the top five on 195 points.

With Kwiatkowski's Amstel Gold Race victory and Julian Alaphilippe's second place at La Flèche Wallonne, Etixx-Quick Step have accumulated 699 points with Team Sky the closest challengers on 643 points. Team Katusha (585) and Movistar (563) are the only other teams to have cracked the 500 points barrier with Cannondale-Garmin still bottom of the 17 teams with 17 points. IAM Cycling, LottoNL-Jumbo and FDJ are the three other teams who are yet to reach 100 points.

Australia continues its lead of the nation standings which it has enjoyed since the beginning of the season at the Tour Down Under with a tally of 638 points. Spain, one point behind, is the only other nation with more than 500 points with almost 200 points separating them from Colombia (442 points) in third place. The Netherlands are fourth on 435 points with Belgium, Italy and Great Britain following them on the standings.

The next WorldTour event is the 101st edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège while the Tour of Romandie stage race starts two days later.

WorldTour standings

Individual
 Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky303 pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team238 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha237 
4John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin232 
5Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick Step195 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky184 
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team178 
8Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team168 
9Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha160 
10Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick Step152 
11Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick Step140 
12Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge139 
13Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale136 
14Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff - Saxo136 
15Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida134 
16Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick Step133 
17Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team114 
18Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Tinkoff - Saxo114 
19Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team101 
20Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky100 
21Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing88 
22Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal82 
23Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha80 
24Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick Step79 
25Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha78 
Teams
   
1Etixx-Quick Step699 pts
2Team Sky643 
3Team Katusha585 
4Movistar Team563 
5BMC Racing Team410 
7Orica GreenEdge326 
6Team Giant-Alpecin302 
8Tinkoff-Saxo278 
9Lampre-Merida257 
10Lotto Soudal236 
11Astana Pro Team231 
12Ag2r La Mondiale161 
13Trek Factory Racing138 
14IAM Cycling74 
16Team Lotto NL-Jumbo70 
15FDJ69 
17Team Cannondale - Garmin17 
Nations
   
1Australia638 pts
2Spain637 
3Colombia442 
4Netherlands435 
5Belgium376 
6Italy359 
7Great Britain266 
8France252 
9Germany241 
10Norway237 
11Poland198 
12Czech Republic156 
13Switzerland147 
14Slovakia136 
15Portugal134 
16Slovenia78 
17Denmark65 
18South Africa39 
19Russia23 
20New Zealand14 
21United States9 
22Ireland7 
23Belarus2 
24Estonia1 
25Austria1 

 

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