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Contador ends season as world number one

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Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) leads Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) on a descent.

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) leads Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) on a descent.
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Alberto Contador has spearheaded a dominant season for Spanish cycling after finishing on top of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) world rankings, announced on Monday. The Tour de France champion led a Spanish trio, with compatriots Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) taking second and third in the individual rankings, respectively. Contador's trade team Astana finished the season at the top of the team rankings, while Spain finished well clear of Italy as the top nation.

Contador's success this season helped him become the inaugural champion in the UCI's world ranking system. The new system was implemented as a replacement for the ProTour rankings, which due to disputes between race organisers and the UCI had last year, failed to incorporate results from any of the three Grand Tours, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix or Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The revised UCI World Calendar ensured that the rankings announced today include results from those seven events.

Despite competing in just four of the 14 UCI World Calendar events in 2009, Contador's victories at the Tour de France and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, and high finishes at Paris-Nice and the Dauphiné Libéré were enough to finish world number one. He finished with 527 points, 44 ahead of Vuelta a España winner Valverde (487 points) and 170 in front of Vuelta and Giro di Lombardia runner-up Sánchez (357 points).

Sánchez was one of the most prominent movers in the final world rankings. The Euskaltel rider moved from eighth to replace Andy Schleck in third place. Sánchez secured his position in the rankings with a second place finish in the final event on the UCI World Calendar, Saturday's Giro di Lombardia. The results of the Italian race also saw winner, Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto), catapulted into the world top-10, from 20th to ninth place.

Grand Tour winning teams Astana and Caisse d'Epargne finished first and second in the team rankings, with Columbia-HTC finishing third. Silence-Lotto moved from eighth to sixth, by virtue of Cadel Evans' third place finish at the Vuelta and Gilbert's Lombardia win.

The efforts of their riders throughout the season saw Spain finished almost 800 points clear of Italy in the team rankings. Australian and Germany retained their positions in third and fourth, respectively. Gilbert's Lombardia triumph was enough to see Belgium replace Russia in fifth place.

The following are the final UCI World Rankings for 2009:
 

UCI World Rankings - Individual
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana527pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne483
3Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi357
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank334
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto333
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC322
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas319
8Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia - HTC304
9Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto295
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank266
11Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step249
12Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C235
13Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana232
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas229
15Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank218
16Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team217
17Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team216
18Tyler Farrar (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream212
19Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank212
20Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne211
21Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli194
22Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step194
23Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank180
24Rider currently serving suspension
25Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo Test Team176
26Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo170
27Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha164
28Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha157
29Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas156
30Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha154
31Lance Armstrong (Usa) Astana150
32Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne147
33Rider currently serving suspension
34Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli139
35Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Slipstream137
36Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas135
37Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team134
38Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step133
39Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Garmin - Slipstream131
40Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC125
41Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank117
42Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne117
43Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC115
44Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Astana112
45Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C110
46Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step104
47Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank103
48Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini102
49Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne98
50Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank98
51Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom92
52Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia92
53André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC91
54Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne90
55Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC90
56Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram88
57Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank87
58Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank87
59Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank85
60Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas84
61Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto83
62Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step80
63Levi Leipheimer (Usa) Astana79
64Christian Vandevelde (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream78
65Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Ag2R La Mondiale77
66Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank76
67Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team76
68Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale74
69Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream74
70Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo71
71Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream64
72Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto64
73Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank62
74Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas61
75Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team61
76Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank60
77Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence-Lotto60
78Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank58
79Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux58
80Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux56
81Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi56
82Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC54
83Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux54
84Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step52
85Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C52
86Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram51
87Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank50
88Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto50
89Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto50
90Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne50
91José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team50
92Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux50
93Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step49
94Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank48
95Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC45
96Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas44
97Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank42
98Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank40
99Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia - HTC40
100David Millar (Gbr) Garmin - Slipstream39
101Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C39
102Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team34
103David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne33
104Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana32
105Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom32
106David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne31
107Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team30
108Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram30
109Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi30
110Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana30
111Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C29
112Greg Henderson (Nzl) Team Columbia - HTC28
113Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-Servetto26
114Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team26
115Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas26
116Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale26
117Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel26
118Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano25
119Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank22
120Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce22
121Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana22
122Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli22
123Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur21
124Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank21
125Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux20
126Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C20
127Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team20
128Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank20
129Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC19
130Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank19
131Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne18
132Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom18
133William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom18
134Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia18
135Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC17
136Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha17
137Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas16
138Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli16
139Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana16
140Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo16
141Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank16
142Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team16
143Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana15
144Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale15
145Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC15
146Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale14
147Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale14
148Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC14
149Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux13
150Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC12
151Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C12
152Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto11
153David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto11
154Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step11
155Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne11
156Ben Swift (Gbr) Team Katusha11
157Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - HTC11
158Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank10
159Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank10
160Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux10
161Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne10
162Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator10
163Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas10
164David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10
165Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10
166Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto10
167Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10
168Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10
169Robert Hunter (Rsa) Barloworld10
170George Hincapie (Usa) Team Columbia - HTC9
171Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C9
173Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas9
174Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step8
175Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo8
176Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana8
177Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha8
178David Garcia Da Pena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
179Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team8
180Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli8
181Félix Rafael Cardenas Ravelo (Col) Barloworld8
182Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C7
183Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux7
184Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram7
185Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux6
186Rider currently serving suspension
187Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6
188Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano6
189Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto6
190Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank6
191Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6
192Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha6
193Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram6
194Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6
195Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha6
196Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC6
197Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo6
198Hayden Roulston (Nzl) Cervelo Test Team6
199Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel6
200Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux4
201Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago4
202Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale4
203Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream4
204Roger Hammond (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team4
205Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Ag2R La Mondiale4
206Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
207Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana4
208Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank4
209Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram4
210Timothy Duggan (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream4
211Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step4
212Danny Pate (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream4
213Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4
214Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale4
215Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram4
216Markus Zberg (Swi) Bmc Racing Team4
217Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C4
218Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce4
219Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas3
220Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale3
221Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3
222Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha3
223Jeremy Hunt (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team2
224Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2
225Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram2
226Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel2
227Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2
228Thomas Dekker (Ned) Silence-Lotto2
229Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana2
230Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas2
231Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step2
232Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step2
233Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha2
234Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC2
235Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team2
236Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana2
237Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano2
238Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
239Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux2
240Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2
241Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2
242Baden Cooke (Aus) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2
243Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2
244Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
245Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
246Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Isd - Neri2
247Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Barloworld2
248Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank1
249Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto1
250Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1
251Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team1
252Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
253Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli1
254Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli1
255Rider currently serving suspension
256Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
257Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1
258Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux1
259Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
260Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1
261Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram1
262Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha1
263Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step1
264Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Isd - Neri1
265Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
266Matheus Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1
267Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step1

UCI World Rankings - Teams
1Astana1100pts
2Caisse d'Epargne1048
3Team Columbia - HTC957
4Team Saxo Bank946
5Liquigas923
6Silence-Lotto821
7Cervelo Test Team804
8Quick Step760
9Rabobank707
10Team Katusha637
11Garmin - Slipstream632
12Euskaltel - Euskadi631
13Lampre - N.G.C465
14Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli379
15Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo249
16Française Des Jeux238
17Ag2R La Mondiale206
18Team Milram182
19Bbox Bouygues Telecom170
20Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne166
21Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team158
22Xacobeo Galicia128
23Fuji-Servetto114
24Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini102
25Agritubel34
26Skil-Shimano33
27Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce26
28Contentpolis-Ampo24
29Andalucia Cajasur21
30Barloworld20
31Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator11
32Landbouwkrediet - Colnago4
33Bmc Racing Team4
34ISD - Neri3

UCI World Rankings - Nations
1Spain1756pts
2Italy984
3Australia960
4Germany753
5Belgium675
6Russian Federation660
7Luxembourg563
8Netherlands544
9Norway538
10United States of America528
11Great Britain489
12France454
13Czech Republic330
14Denmark322
15Switzerland285
16Ireland213
17Belarus126
18Slovenia119
19Sweden105
20Estonia98
21Colombia91
22Kazakhstan79
23Canada75
24Slovakia51
25Poland44
26New Zealand34
27Ukraine21
28Lithuania16
29Austria12
30Finland10
31South Africa10
32Brazil2
33Japan2
34Argentina2