Van der Breggen climbs UCI Women's WorldTour rankings after La Fleche Wallonne win

Armitstead continues to lead Boels Dolmans sweep - Video

Although it was Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) who won La Flèche Wallonne Féminine on Wednesday, world champion Lizzie Armitstead continued to hold the lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour rankings, though the margin between her, teammate Chantal Blaak, and the rest of the elite ranks has shrunk significantly.

Armitstead came out of her Tour of Flanders victory with 368 points to Blaak's 343, with Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) a distant third with 285 points. But with her third place on the Mur de Huy, Megan Guarnier makes it three Boels Dolmans riders at the top of the standings, pushing Johansson to a tie for third with 325 points.

Van der Breggen inched up to fifth from sixth, and now trails Armitstead by 68 points.

The UCI Women's WorldTour now moves to China for the Tour of Chongming Island before coming to the USA for the Tour of California - the last chance for countries to alter their allocations for the women's road race at the Olympic Games.

The WorldTour then continues with the Philadelphia International Classic and Aviva Womens Tour in Great Britain before the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile.

Women's WorldTour Rankings as of April 20, 2016

1 (1)Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam368 pts
2 (2)Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam343 
3 (4)Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam325 
4 (3)Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5325 
5 (6)Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team300 
6 (7)Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team235 
7 (5)Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS209 
8 (8)Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5202 
9 (10)Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon144 
10 (9)Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS124 
11 (11)Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing112 
12 (20)Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing110 
13 (12)Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur106 
14 (13)Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team101 
15 (-)Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam100 
16 (14)Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products95 
17 (18)Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team86 
18 (15)Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing85 
19 (16)Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam85 
20 (19)Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies85 
21 (17)Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High584 
22 (21)Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini60 
23 (22)Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling58 
24 (23)Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team55 
25 (24)Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur40 
26 (25)Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing40 
27 (30)Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini40 
28 (-)Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS35 
29 (26)Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS34 
30 (-)Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team30 
31 (27)Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team30 
32 (28)Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam25 
33 (29)Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High525 
34 (31)Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Bepink24 
35 (32)Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS22 
36 (33)Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing20 
37 (34)Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies18 
38 (35)Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata18 
39 (36)Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling16 
40 (37)Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High516 
41 (38)Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam16 
42 (-)Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS12 
43 (39)Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank12 
44 (40)Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team12 
45 (-)Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale' Cipollini10 
46 (41)Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS10 
47 (-)Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam8 
48 (-)Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team6 
49 (42)Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team6 
50 (43)Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High56 
51 (44)Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies6 
52 (45)Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.866 
53 (46)Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
54 (-)Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana2 
55 (47)Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2 
56 (48)Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team2 

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