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

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

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1 (1)Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam368pts
2 (2)Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam343Row 1 - Cell 3
3 (4)Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam325Row 2 - Cell 3
4 (3)Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5325Row 3 - Cell 3
5 (6)Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team300Row 4 - Cell 3
6 (7)Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team235Row 5 - Cell 3
7 (5)Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS209Row 6 - Cell 3
8 (8)Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5202Row 7 - Cell 3
9 (10)Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon144Row 8 - Cell 3
10 (9)Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS124Row 9 - Cell 3
11 (11)Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing112Row 10 - Cell 3
12 (20)Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing110Row 11 - Cell 3
13 (12)Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur106Row 12 - Cell 3
14 (13)Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team101Row 13 - Cell 3
15 (-)Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam100Row 14 - Cell 3
16 (14)Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products95Row 15 - Cell 3
17 (18)Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team86Row 16 - Cell 3
18 (15)Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing85Row 17 - Cell 3
19 (16)Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam85Row 18 - Cell 3
20 (19)Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies85Row 19 - Cell 3
21 (17)Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High584Row 20 - Cell 3
22 (21)Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini60Row 21 - Cell 3
23 (22)Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling58Row 22 - Cell 3
24 (23)Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team55Row 23 - Cell 3
25 (24)Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur40Row 24 - Cell 3
26 (25)Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing40Row 25 - Cell 3
27 (30)Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini40Row 26 - Cell 3
28 (-)Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS35Row 27 - Cell 3
29 (26)Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS34Row 28 - Cell 3
30 (-)Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team30Row 29 - Cell 3
31 (27)Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team30Row 30 - Cell 3
32 (28)Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam25Row 31 - Cell 3
33 (29)Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High525Row 32 - Cell 3
34 (31)Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Bepink24Row 33 - Cell 3
35 (32)Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS22Row 34 - Cell 3
36 (33)Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing20Row 35 - Cell 3
37 (34)Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies18Row 36 - Cell 3
38 (35)Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata18Row 37 - Cell 3
39 (36)Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling16Row 38 - Cell 3
40 (37)Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High516Row 39 - Cell 3
41 (38)Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam16Row 40 - Cell 3
42 (-)Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS12Row 41 - Cell 3
43 (39)Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank12Row 42 - Cell 3
44 (40)Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team12Row 43 - Cell 3
45 (-)Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale' Cipollini10Row 44 - Cell 3
46 (41)Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS10Row 45 - Cell 3
47 (-)Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam8Row 46 - Cell 3
48 (-)Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team6Row 47 - Cell 3
49 (42)Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team6Row 48 - Cell 3
50 (43)Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High56Row 49 - Cell 3
51 (44)Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies6Row 50 - Cell 3
52 (45)Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.866Row 51 - Cell 3
53 (46)Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4Row 52 - Cell 3
54 (-)Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana2Row 53 - Cell 3
55 (47)Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2Row 54 - Cell 3
56 (48)Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team2Row 55 - Cell 3

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