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ProTour rankings: Basso moves up

Ivan Basso holds aloft

Ivan Basso holds aloft (Image credit: Sirotti)

Thanks to his victory in the Giro d'Italia, Ivan Basso (CSC) has moved up a few places in the ProTour rankings. 45, to be exact, as he now sits in second behind Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne). But there is still a 40 point difference between the top two, with Tom Boonen now moving down to third place.

The Giro's other top riders moved themselves up the scale too: Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak, 2nd on GC) entered the rankings in 13th place, while Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval, 3rd on GC) starts in 23rd place. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital, 4th on GC) jumped from 29th to 9th in the rankings, while Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery, 5th on GC), moved from 31st to 10th.

In the teams rankings, CSC has maintained the number one spot, with Phonak climbing to second place ahead of T-Mobile, thanks to a solid Giro. In the nations, Italy has finally passed Spain, with Germany a very distant third.

Rankings as of May 28, 2006

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