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Visconti seals UCI Europe Tour title

Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri)

Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Italian Giovanni Visconti has claimed the International Cycling Union's (UCI) 2009 Europe Tour. The ISD-Neri rider sealed the overall title with a series of podium results in the final races of the UCI's Europe Tour calendar to finish clear of Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) and Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures – Sojasun).

Van Hummel had led the Europe Tour since May, but Visconti's second place finishes at the Coppa Sabatini and GP Beghelli provided him with enough points to overtake both the Dutchman and Casper in the final two weeks of the series calendar. He finished the season with 638 points, 37 points clear of Van Hummel (601 points) and 63 points in front of Casper (575 points).

Sunday's Chrono des Nations marked the final race of the UCI Europe calendar. Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov won the event, however, with Visconti, Van Hummel and Casper absent,  the individual time trial had little effect on the final overall rankings.

Agritubel closed their final season as a professional team with victory in the team rankings. The French squad finished ahead of Dutch team Vacansoleil and the now disbanded Portuguese team Liberty Seguros, who finished third.

Italy, France and Spain were the top-three nations in the competition for pro-continental teams.

UCI Europe Tour - Individual Rankings
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD638pts
2Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano601
3Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun575
4Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel488
5Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini469
6David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel446
7Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo377
8Hector Guerra Garcia (Spa) Liberty Seguros366
9Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Liberty Seguros360
10Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team Designa Kokken348
11Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team348
12Martin Pedersen (Den) Team Capinordic338
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Carmiooro - A Style332
14Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur326
15Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce325
16Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team320
17Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli318
18Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team315
19Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros312
20Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller307
21Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Centri Della Calzatura303
22Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea302
23Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel299
24Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce297
25Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems295
26Grega Bole (Slo) Adria Mobil291
27Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse279
28Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author275
29Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista268
30Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini266
31Kris Boeckmans (Bel)252
32Egor Silin (Rus)238
33Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli237
34Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team228
35Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia225
36Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago223
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare221
38Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team219
39Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team217
40Tejay Van Garderen (Usa) Rabobank Continental214
41Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author210
42Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce209
43Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team209
44Candido Joaquim Venda Moreira Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira209
45Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare204
46Denis Flahaut (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago201
47Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo200
48Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team196
49Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel193
50Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT193
51Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's191
52Manuel Belletti (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli190
53Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel188
54Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team187
55Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri Della Calzatura185
56Jérémie Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun177
57Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli175
58Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A Style174
59Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team174
60Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel171
61Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil168
62Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team Capinordic167
63Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus) Moscow166
64Peter Sagan (Svk) Dukla Trencin Merida162
65Fortunato Baliani (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare161
66Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Continental161
67Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun161
68Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia158
69Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros158
70Massimo Giunti (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia157
71Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator157
72Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika156
73Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano155
74Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Team Designa Kokken153
75Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus153
76Vitaliy Popkov (Ukr) ISD-Sport-Donetsk153
77Yann Huguet (Fra) Agritubel152
78Krzysztof Jezowski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice152
79Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel151
80Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Radenska Kd Financial Point150
81Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator150
82Pavel Kochetkov (Rus)148
83David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira148
84Ruslan Podgornyy (Ukr) ISD145
85Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) Heraklion - Nessebar141
86Michel Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental140
87Gasper Svab (Slo) Sava139
88Dirk Müller (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse139
89Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano139
90Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Rock Racing137
91Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team136
92Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD135
93Jan Ghyselinck (Bel)135
94Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team135
95Simon Zahner (Swi)134
96Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas134
97Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi134
98Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo134
99Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator132
100Daryl Impey (RSA) Barloworld132

UCI Europe Tour - Team Rankings
1Agritubel (France)2088pts
2Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (Netherlands)1499
3Liberty Seguros (Portugal)1326
4Cervélo (Switzerland)1261
5Team Isd (Italy)1250
6Skil-Shimano (Netherlands)1224
7Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli (Venezuela)1210
8Besson Chaussures (France)1208
9Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini (Ireland)1121
10Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce (Ireland)1029
11Rabobank Ct (Netherlands)973
12Centri Della Calzatura (Italy)955
13Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo (Italy)907
14Team Capinordic (Denmark)897
15Team Designa Kokken (Denmark)829
16Adria Mobil (Slovenia)828
17Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Belgium)817
18Csf Group - Navigare (Ireland)792
19Carmiooro - A Style (Italy)783
20Psk Whirlpool - Author (Czech Republic)761
21Bretagne - Schuller (France)708
22Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia (San Marino)671
23Barloworld (Great Britain)657
24Andalucia Cajasur (Spain)615
25Landbouwkrediet - Colnago (Belgium)604
26Palmeiras Resort / Tavira (Portugal)530
27Elk Haus (Austria)516
28Verandas Willems (Belgium)515
29Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse (Germany)503
30Auber - 93 (France)485
31An Post - Sean Kelly Team (Ireland)481
32Cycling Club Bourgas (Bulgaria)478
33Madeinox (Portugal)477
34Contentpolis-Ampo (Spain)472
35Ccc (Poland)456
36Loborika (Croatia)436
37Joker Bianchi (Norway)433
38Mroz Continental Team (Poland)423
39Orbea (Spain)417
40Katyusha Continental Team (Russia)402
41Xacobeo Galicia (Spain)401
42Continental Team Differdange (Luxembourg)390
43Lkt Team Brandenburg (Germany)388
44Team Isd Ct (Ukraine)376
45Roubaix Lille Metropole (France)374
46Rock Racing (United States)370
47Sava (Slovenia)358
48Dhl - Author (Poland)345
49Moscow (Russia)344
50Betonexpressz 2000 - Limonta (Hungary)307
50Palmans Cras (Belgium)307
52Van Vliet Ebh Elshof (Netherlands)305
53Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's (United States)302
54Dukla Trencin Merida (Slovakia)293
55Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes (Colombia)286
56Thüringer Energie Team (Germany)271
57Atlas-Romer's Hausbäckerei (Switzerland)251
58Vorarlberg - Corratec (Austria)225
59Team Kuota - Indeland (Germany)224
60Sp. Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes (Greece)217
61Team Ais (Australia)215
62Radenska Kd Financial Point (Slovenia)208
63Bmc Racing Team (United States)201
64Candi Tv - Pinarello Rt (Great Britain)193
65Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano (Portugal)192
66Heraklion - Nessebar (Greece)185
67Boyaca Es Para Vivirla (Colombia)181
68Andorra-Grandvalira (Andorra)172
69Paredes Rota Dos Moveis (Portugal)158
70Rapha - Condor (Great Britain)154
70Sparebanken Vest - Ridley (Norway)154
72Heizomat Mapei (Germany)142
73Barbot - Siper (Portugal)139
74Team Piemonte (Lithuania)133
75Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht (Belgium)124
76Meridiana - Kalev Chocolate Team (Estonia)123
77Tusnad Cycling Team (Romania)117
78Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon (Spain)116
79Cycling Team Jo Piels (Netherlands)106
80Rc Arbö Wels Gourmetfein (Austria)101
81Ac Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)99
82Bkcp (Belgium)94
83Letua Cycling Team (Malaysia)92
83Glud & Marstrand Horsens (Denmark)92
85Halfords (Great Britain)85
85Team Concordia - Vesthimmerland Procycling (Denmark)85
87Trek Livestrong (United States)78
88Praties (Australia)76
89Nazionale Elettronica New Slot - Hadimec (Switzerland)71
90Krolstone Continental Team (Netherlands)69
91Utensilnord (Poland)64
91Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design (Japan)64
93Ck Windoor's Pribram (Czech Republic)63
94Team Neotel - Stegcomputer (South Africa)62
95Team Trek Adecco (Norway)52
95Legia - Felt (Poland)52
97Bluewater - Cycling For Health (Denmark)51
97Ktm - Junkers (Austria)51
99Continental Team Milram (Germany)51
100Seven Stones (Germany)48
101Drapac (Australia)46
101Josan Isorex Mercedes Benz Aalst-Ct (Belgium)46
103Cinelli-Down Under (Australia)44
104Amica Chips - Knauf (San Marino)36
105Revor-Jartazi Cyclingteam (Belgium)34
106Worldofbike.Gr (Greece)30
106Bissell Pro Cycling (United States)30
106Team Stenca Trading (Denmark)30
109Ride Sport Racing (Australia)28
110Profel Continental Team (Belgium)26
110Trek - Marco Polo Cycling Team (China)26
112Azad University Iran (Iran)21
113Motomat Delo Revije (Slovenia)17
114Fidea Cycling Team (Belgium)16
115Lotto - Bodysol (Belgium)13
116Team Energi Fyn (Denmark)12
116Kelly Benefit Strategies (United States)12
116Sunweb Pro Job Cycling Team (Belgium)12
119Tyrol - Team Radland Tirol (Austria)11
120Kuban (Russia)10
121Doha Team (Qatar)8
121Magnus Maximus (Sweden)8
121Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team (Iran)8
124Plowman Craven (Great Britain)6
125Savings & Loans Cycling Team (Australia)5

UCI Europe Tour - Nation Rankings
1Italy3538pts
2France3159
3Spain2259
4Netherlands2114
5Germany2101
6Slovenia1854
7Belgium1805
8Russia1534
9Portugal1455
10Poland1297
11Ukraine1128
12Great Britain1088
13Denmark1022
14Norway847
15Switzerland655
16Estonia621
17Austria578
18Slovakia561
19Croatia539
20Bulgaria507
21Sweden478
22Hungary450
23Latvia447
24Serbia378
25Czech Republic274
26Lithuania250
27Ireland222
28Luxembourg221
29Greece211
30Turkey198
31Moldova191
32Belarus157
33Israel140
33Albania140
35Romania128
36Finland100
37Liechtenstein3


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