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UCI World Rankings Update - 12 April 2010
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Date: 4/12/2010
UCI World Rankings Update - 12 April 2010

UCI World Rankings Update  - 12 April 2010
Caisse d'Epargne & Luis León Sanchez  leads the rankings  -  Spain and Belgium dominate the Monday scoreboard after Paris-Roubaix...

Date: 12 April 2010

Luis León Sanchez (Caisse D’Epargne) continues to lead the UCI’S individual World Ranking, but his grip on the number one spot is weakening, and fast.  Sanchez’s closest rival is still Tom Boonen (Quick Step), whose fifth place in Paris-Roubaix has earned the Belgian another 50 points to close to 6 points behind the  Spaniard.

A good start to the season for the 'L.L. Cool' Sanchez at Paris - Nice where he finished on the podium third to Alberto Contador and team mate Alejandro Valverde and Stage wins in the Tour Down Under and the Tour of Algarve as well as the 1st stage and overall of the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Caisse d'Epargne bookends, Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde join 2010 Paris-Nice winner Alberto Contador on the all Spanish podium. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

However, Spain dominates the rankings with Sanchez on top; compatriots: Team Katusha's Joaquin Rodriguez 4th with 208 points, team mate Alejandro Valverde with 201 points in 4th.  A tight battle is on as we move into the coming three classics next week.  We shouldn't forget Alberto Contador while we speak of the current talented Spanish armada either; currently Alberto is ranked at 14th having taken time off for training, when he returns the nation will have 4 big guns in action.

Belgium and Spain (850 points) and Belgium are in a battle for the nations ranking -  Spain is currently 300 points ahead of Belgium with 550 points. Their closest rival in the ranks is Italy at 393 points followed by Australia at 285.

Fabian Cancellara Jumps to 5th
Meanwhile after winning the Tour of Flanders for a first time, Fabian Cancellara’s spectacular second victory in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday has gained the Saxo Bank leader another five places.

Tenth after Flanders, Cancellara has now moved up to fifth overall with 200 points. Should he decide to take part in the Amstel Gold Race next weekend, another great result there would close the gap on Sanchez and co. even further, and perhaps put the Olympic Time Trial Champion into the lead.

Cancellara has yet to confirm that he will take part in the Amstel Gold Race, but whatever his decision the Swiss champion’s brilliant ride in Paris-Roubaix will remain one of the highlights of the 2010 season. On paper, attacking into a headwind with more than 40 kilometres to the finish looked very risky, but in fact it was a sign of how confident Cancellara really felt about his chances.  Second by second, the gap between Cancellara and his chasers rose and rose, and by the finish the Swiss rider had more than enough time to celebrate his second major victory in a week.

Tour of the Basque Country
Alejandro Valverde 4th

The other key race of the week was the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, won by Team RadioShack’s veteran Chris Horner after he defeated local favourite Alejandro Valverde (Caisse D’Epargne) in the final time trial. Thanks to his two stage wins and second place overall in the Basque Country, Valverde is now fourth overall in the World Rankings with 201 points.

Chris Horner debuts at 13th
After a stage win and the overall at the 50th Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Chris Horner debuts on the ranks this year at 13th the top North American in the rankings.

Teams: Caisse d’Epargne still leads
Partly because Valverde’s performance, Caisse D’Epargne continue to lead overall in the teams rankings with 429 points, whilst Team Katusha have gained a place and moved up to second with 342. Cervélo’s second and fourth places in Paris - Roubaix with Thor Hushovd and Roger Hammond have helped shift the Swiss squad into third overall, with 302.

Further down the rankings, after lifting Saxo Bank from nineteenth to eighth in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Cancellara’s latest success has seen his team climb up another three places, to fifth.

Spain and Belgium Tie in Nations Ranking
Spain and Belgium continue to steadily increase their lead in the nations rankings, gaining 180 points and 90 respectively after the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Paris-Roubaix to bring their total scores to 850 points and 550.

In stark contrast third placed Italy continues with 393 points, the same total as last week after Ronde van Vlaanderen, making the nations rankings look more and more like a two-horse race.

The next major event on the UCI World Calendar will be the Amstel Gold Race on April 18th. Featuring no less than 31 short, steep ascents that wear down the peloton, Holland’s biggest one-day event will finish on the notoriously difficult Cauberg climb after 257.3 kilometres of gruelling racing. Could the Amstel Gold Race's hills also see Cancellara climb even further up the UCI’s World Ranking? We’ll find out, next Sunday.
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Next Races
April 18 - Amstel Gold Race NED
April 21 La Flèche Wallonne BEL
April 25 Liège - Bastogne - Liège  BEL
April 27 - May 2 - Tour de Romandie SUI

UCI  World Rankings April 12, 2010
1 1 Sanchez Gil Luis Leon Caisse d'Epargne (Gce) 222
2 2 Boonen Tom Quick Step (Qst)  216
3 3 Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Team Katusha (Kat)  208

4 13 Valverde Belmonte Alejandro Caisse d'Eepargne (Gce)  201
5 10 Cancellara Fabian Team Saxo Bank (Sax)  200

6 4 Gilbert Philippe Omega Pharma-Lotto (Olo) 130
7 33 Hushovd Thor Cervelo Test Team (Ctt) 120
8 5 Greipel André Team Htc - Columbia (Thr) 119
9 6 Evans Cadel Bmc Racing Team (Bmc) 116
10 7 Iglinsky Maxim Astana (Ast) 116
11 11 Freire Gomez Oscar Rabobank (Rab) 112
12 8 Garzelli Stefano Acqua & Sapone (Asa) 109
13 - Horner Christopher Team Radioshack (Rsh) 108
14 9 Contador Velasco Alberto Astana (Ast) 107
15 12 Taaramae Rein Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne (Cof) 100
16 24 Leukemans Björn Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (Vac) 100
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2010 UCI Road Calendar - ProTour Schedule
2010 ProTour - UCI Registers 17 ProTour Teams

Team Ranking
1 Caisse d'Epargne (Gce) Esp  429
2 Team Katusha (Kat) Rus  342
3 Cervelo Test Team (Ctt) Sui 302

4 Team Htc - Columbia (Thr) Usa 289
5 Team Saxo Bank (Sax) Den 276

6 Omega Pharma-Lotto (Olo) Bel 255
7 Astana (Ast) Kaz 229
8 Quick Step (Qst) Bel 226
9 Liquigas-Doimo (Liq) Ita 210
10 Bmc Racing Team (Bmc) Usa 197
11 Rabobank (Rab) Ned 190
12 Sky Professional Cycling Team (Sky) Gbr 169
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi (Eus) Esp 160
14 Garmin - Slipstream (Grm) Usa 143
15 Team Radioshack (Rsh) Usa 135
16 Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni (And) Ita 118
17 Acqua & Sapone (Asa) Ita 116
18 Lampre-Farnese Vini (Lam) Ita 115
19 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne (Cof) Fra 113
20 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (Vac) Ned 100
21 Colnago - Csf Inox (Csf) Irl 93
22 Team Milram (Mrm) Ger 76
23 Ag2r La Mondiale (Alm) Fra 65
24 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Tsv) Bel 60
25 Française Des Jeux (Fdj) Fra 44
26 Bbox Bouygues Telecom (Btl) Fra 15
27 Footon-Servetto (Fot) Esp 7
28 Saur - Sojasun (Sau) Fra 6

Countries Ranking
1 Spain Esp  850
2 Belgium Bel  550
3 Italy Ita   393
4 Australia Aus  285
5 United States Usa  251
6 Switzerland Sui  204
7 Germany Ger  195
8 Norway Nor   126
9 France Fra   119
10 Kazakhstan Kaz  116
11 Netherlands Ned  103
12 Estonia Est  100
13 Great Britain Gbr  96
14 New Zealand Nzl  89
15 Austria Aut  83
16 Czech Republic Cze  80
17 Ireland Irl  55
18 Canada Can  41
19 Russia Rus   39
20 Slovakia Svk  23
21 Slovenia Slo  14
22 Denmark Den  12
23 Argentina Arg  12
24 South Africa Rsa  11
25 Portugal Por  7
26 Belarus Blr  1
27 Colombia Col  1

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