Van Avermaet and Van der Breggen crowned 2017 WorldTour champions

Sky, Boels Dolmans top teams rankings at UCI Gala in China

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) were officially crowned winners of the UCI WorldTour and Women's WorldTour, respectively, at the UCI Gala in China on Tuesday.

The ceremony, established last year, took place after the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi, the final event of the 2017 men's WorldTour calendar.

Van Avermaet, who won Paris-Roubaix, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this spring, already had top spot sewn up as early as September. Although he didn't ride Guangxi, he – unlike runner-up Chris Froome (Sky) and third-placed Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) – made the trip to China for the gala.

"I'm really proud to stand here and have this trophy in my hands," said the Belgian.

As well as the victories in the spring, Van Avermaet also finished runner-up at the Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche, while later in the season he finished second at the GP de Québec, fourth overall at the BinckBank Tour, and recorded top 10's at the Clásica San Sebastián, Bretagne Classic and GP de Montréal.

He ended the year on 3582 points, with Froome – who won the Tour de France and Vuelta a España – second on 3452, and Dumoulin – who won the Giro d'Italia and BinckBank Tour – third on 2545. World champion Peter Sagan was fourth with 2544.

"It means a lot," said Van Avermaet. "It covers the whole year from the start to the end and it covers all races, so there are many contenders, like Froome, Dumoulin and Sagan. It's really hard to win this classification, and I'm really proud to have done it this year.

"I was really happy that they put some extra classics into the WorldTour because otherwise it would be almost impossible for me to win."

Van der Breggen was also in attendance to collect her trophy as winner of the second edition of the Women's WorldTour. The inaugural edition in 2016 was won by her teammate Megan Guarnier.

Like her fellow Olympic champion Van Avermaet, the Dutchwoman's success was rooted in the spring as she completed a stunning 'Ardennes triple', winning the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the space of a week. She went on to pair it with stage race success, winning both the Amgen Women's Race and the Giro Rosa and finishing runner-up at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.

"I'm really proud of the season I had. To be able to win the races I won was great, and I'm really thankful I can do that and enjoy this sport," said Van der Breggen.

The Dutchwoman ended the year on 1016 points, 27 ahead of compatriot Annemiek van Vleueten, winner of La Course and the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, overall victor at the Women's Tour, claimed 856 points to finish third, as she had behind Van der Breggen in all three Ardennes Classics.

"Sitting on the table with those two talented girls is great, and I hope women's cycling will develop more and more with these girls and other girls. I'm proud I'm able to win beautiful races and to win this prize means a lot to me," said Van der Breggen. "A lot of girls are getting stronger and stronger. That's only a good thing, it shows women's cycling is developing really fast at the moment, and that's great to see."

Teams

The WorldTour rankings also include team classifications, and it was Van der Breggen's Boels Dolmans team who walked off with the women's trophy. The Dutch squad, thanks primarily to the success of the Olympic Champion, ended up on 3368 points, with Sunweb on 3050 and Orica-Scott on 2705.

"I think we have really good riders, and in the beginning of the season we were the best team in the UCI ranking and in the end we are the same," said team director Bram Sevens. "That's a big compliment to my riders."

On the men's side, it was Team Sky who topped the rankings thanks to Froome's Tour-Vuelta double. Quick-Step Floors may have won the most WorldTour races this season with 30 to Sky's 18, but Froome's haul for winning the general classifications of two Grand Tours helped them shade it by 12806 points to 12652.

"We've been banging on the door for long time. This year we really looked at the last part of the season, and succeeded," said Team Sky DS Brett Lancaster.

"We're all in this together, even guys leaving the team next year went all the way to tine end. We're over the moon. We'll take this back to our camp next week and present it on Thursday night at our end of year party."

Final 2017 WorldTour rankings

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team3582 pts
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky3452 
3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb2545 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe2544 
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2196 
6Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky2171 
7Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team2105 
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors2050 
9Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb2049 
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo1987 
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors1893 
12Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team1882 
13Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1811 
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin1806 
15Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin1686 
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1569 
17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo1524 
18Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors1465 
19Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1464 
20Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac1360 
21Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1326 
22Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ1317 
23Ion Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida1276 
24Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1275 
25Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky1266 
26Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team1214 
27Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1191 
28Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky1170 
29Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors1159 
30Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ1128 
31Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo1120 
32Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe1117 
33Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott1067 
34Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb1049 
35Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky1031 
36John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo990 
37Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb977 
38Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates929 
39Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac917 
40Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale910 
41Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida887 
42Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale881 
43Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal853 
44Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott830 
45Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team810 
46Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky797 
47André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal788 
48Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team776 
49Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott776 
50Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data775 
Men's Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky12806 pts
2Quick-Step Floors12652 
3BMC Racing Team10961 
4Team Sunweb8033 
5Trek-Segafredo7934 
6Movistar Team7399 
7Orica-Scott7190 
8Bora-Hansgrohe6516 
9AG2R La Mondiale6316 
10Cannondale-Drapac5748 
11Katusha-Alpecin5619 
12UAE Team Emirates5494 
13Lotto Soudal5466 
14Bahrain-Merida5277 
15Astana Pro Team5018 
16Team LottoNl-Jumbo4846 
17FDJ3616 
18Dimension Data2575  
2017 UCI Women's WorldTour Individual Rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1016 pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women989 
3Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling856 
4Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women803 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5630 
6Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5626 
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam623 
8Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women614 
9Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team518 
10Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini457 
11Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling452 
12Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam429 
13Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing427 
14Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam373 
15Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling347 
16Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team334 
17Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing321 
18Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam320 
19Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope320 
20Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team303 
21Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing301 
22Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women271 
23Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women269 
24Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5265 
25Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini260 
26Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team251 
27Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women235 
28Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope225 
29Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana221 
30Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini219 
31Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam214 
32Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women202 
33Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women194 
34Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam192 
35Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women181 
36Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling180 
37Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team168 
38Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM Racing161 
39Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota159 
40Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank144  
41Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling143 
42Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team134 
43Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling124 
44Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam116 
45Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women113 
46Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Virtu Cycling111 
47Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling108 
48Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5103 
49Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling102 
50Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
Team Rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3273 pts
2Team Sunweb Women2153 
3Wiggle High51824 
4Orica Scott Women1821 
5Canyon SRAM Racing1505 
6WM3 Pro Cycling1414 
7Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team1228 
8Alé Cipollini994 
9Cylance Pro Cycling763 
10FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope662 
11BTC City Ljubljana512 
12Astana Women's Team398 
13Lensworld-Kuota300 
14Team Virtu Cycling278 
15UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling259 
16Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank255 
17Drops Cycling Team245 
18Hitec Products243 
19BePink Cogeas223 
20Lotto Soudal Ladies114 
21Servetto Giusta92 
22Lares-Waowdeals91 
23Aromitalia Vaiano58 
24Team WNT Pro Cycling52 
25Australia40 
26Lointek39 
27Rally Cycling Women38 
28Hagens Berman / Supermint28 
29Sho-Air Twenty2025 
30Valcar PBM24 
31China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling24 
32Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team22 
33Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti14 
34Team Illuminate14 
35US National Team10 
36Norway 4 

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