Valverde still tops ProTour rankings

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) is still well in command of the ProTour rankings, following the Volta a Catalunya, which finished on Sunday. The versatile Spaniard has a 49 point lead over Tom Boonen (Quick.Step), with Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) in third place.

As the top three place getters of the Volta a Catalunya hadn't scored so far this season in the ProTour, there were no changes to the top 20 ProTour riders. Volta winner David Cañada is now in 21st place on 50 points, while second place getter Santiago Botero (Phonak) is in 27th, on 41 points, and Christophe Moreau (AG2R Prevoyance) is in 28th, on 37 points.

In the teams rankings, Team CSC continues to hold the top spot ahead of T-Mobile, and the position of the Danish team looks likely to be strengthened once the Giro d'Italia finishes. Third place is Rabobank, with Caisse d'Epargne and Phonak close behind.

The Spanish riders still top the nations rankings, followed by Italy and Germany.

Rankings as of May 21, 2006

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