Porte, Fuglsang climb WorldTour rankings as Van Avermaet holds firm

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is still holding firm after almost three months atop the WorldTour rankings. Van Avermaet soared into the lead after a stellar start to his Classics campaign and built up such an advantage that he has been untouchable so far, despite not scoring points since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April. He still has 423 points over the next best rider in the standings, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Valverde finds himself in a BMC Racing sandwich, with Richie Porte jumping from seventh to third following a strong ride at the Criterium du Dauphine. Porte did not win the French stage race, after being pushed out of the yellow jersey on the final day of racing, but still clocked up 505 points over the week’s racing.

The man who beat Porte to victory on Sunday, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), has climbed from a lowly 105th in the standings to just outside the top 20. He’s still a long way off the top 10, but his points haul has moved Astana from 17th up to 15th in the team rankings. They’ll be hoping for some good fortune at the Tour de France to help them climb a little higher by the end of the summer.

Back in the individual standings, there were a few more movers and shakers. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) made it into the top 10, while Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) both moved up places – to fourth and seventh respectively – as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) both slipped back. Dumoulin is likely to make some ground back up at this week’s Tour de Suisse.

Despite having two riders in the top three, BMC Racing are still some way behind the leaders of the team competition, Quick-Step Floors. The latter has four riders in the top 20, with Martin, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. BMC Racing has just Van Avermaet and Porte, with their next best rider Rohan Dennis down in 27th. Dennis took victory in the Tour de Suisse prologue and wore the race leader’s jersey for a day, as did his teammate Stefan Kung. However, Gilbert also claimed a stage for Quick-Step Floors so that 1,752-point gap is unlikely to close too much.

 

Further back, Team Sky jumped Orica-Scott to move into fourth, while Astana and AG2R La Mondiale made some ground.

WorldTour rankings

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamScoreHeader Cell - Column 3
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2528pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team2105Row 1 - Cell 3
3Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team1867Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb1851Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky1711Row 4 - Cell 3
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors1670Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors1565Row 6 - Cell 3
8Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1536Row 7 - Cell 3
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe1305Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo1213Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky1152Row 10 - Cell 3
12Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ1068Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida1066Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin979Row 13 - Cell 3
15Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors961Row 14 - Cell 3
16Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo955Row 15 - Cell 3
17John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo900Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin876Row 17 - Cell 3
19Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors785Row 18 - Cell 3
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott775Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team764Row 20 - Cell 3
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Team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Quick-Step Floors8890pts
2BMC Racing Team7138Row 1 - Cell 3
3Movistar Team5714Row 2 - Cell 3
4Team Sky5371Row 3 - Cell 3
5Orica-Scott5341Row 4 - Cell 3
6Trek-Segafredo4822Row 5 - Cell 3
7Team Sunweb4044Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bora-Hansgrohe3847Row 7 - Cell 3
9Katusha-Alpecin3084Row 8 - Cell 3
10Team LottoNl-Jumbo3010Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bahrain-Merida2780Row 10 - Cell 3
12Cannondale-Drapac2765Row 11 - Cell 3
13AG2R La Mondiale2532Row 12 - Cell 3
14UAE Team Emirates2520Row 13 - Cell 3
15Astana Pro Team2491Row 14 - Cell 3
16FDJ2412Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lotto Soudal2324Row 16 - Cell 3
18Dimension Data1530Row 17 - Cell 3

 

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