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2010 UCI Pro Men's Rankings
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 10/18/2010
2010 UCI Pro Men's Rankings
 

2010 UCI Pro Men's Rankings
 Spain's Joaquín Oliver Rodriguez leads Spain to top of the 2010 ranks - Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank leaps to top of Team Rankings - Unofficial Rankings: Young Gun's, Sprinter and Journeymen

 Spain's Joaquín Oliver Rodriguez (Katusha) finished at the top of the heap in the final individual rankings after the final race of the UCI Pro Calendar, the Giro di Lombardia. Rodriguez held on to his lead of 69 points over embattled Spanish compatriot and tour de France winner, Alberto Contador (Astana).

Philippe Gilbert's solo victory and second consecutive win of yesterday's stormy "Race of the Falling Leaves" made it possible for the rider to move up to 3rd from 7th after a successful year with two stage victories in the Vuelta and Amstel Gold.


A very happy Joaquín Rodriguez after taking the red jersey of race leader after stage 11.   Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Rodriguez proved to show remarkable consistency  throughout the year winning the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya overall, as well as stage victories in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco. He also finished second in La Fleche Wallone, fourth overall in the Vuelta a España and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, fifth in the Clasica San Sebastián, seventh in Paris-Nice, eighth overall in the Tour de France and ninth in the Tour de Suisse.


Philippe Gilbert Wins Amstel Gold... Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Gilbert's jump to 3rd displaced Spain’s Luis León Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) into 4th with World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 5th.

Top North American rider in the rankings was Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Jonathan Vaughter's Garmin-Transitions squad who held on to 8th place.

Team Rankings Upset in Lombardia...
The teas podium ranks were upset in Lombardy yesterday as Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Liquigas's Vincenzo Nibali's sprint for the 4th the crucial points gav with Fuglsang taking fourth, displaced Astana (who had no riders finish) to the bottom step of the teams podium into third.

Bjarne Riis' team, Saxo Bank took the top step with 1,005 points in a narrow battle with the green and blue warriors of Roberto Amadio by only 9 points. Astana followed with at 19 points.

Dutch team, Rabobank finished 4th with 906 points and Russian Squad of individual winner Rodriguez, Katusha, 5th only six points of the Dutch super squad.

Nations Ranking
Spain led the nations rank with four riders in the top 10 individual classification led by  Joaquín Rodriguez, second - Alberto Contador and 4th -Luis Leon Sánchez and Samuel Sanchez, 10th. Spain led with 1,908 points leading second place, Italy by 707 points over Italy and third placed Belgium by 926 points. Australia (4th - 850) and the USA (5th - 763) filled out the top 5 nations. The biggest change in the top nations was once again due to Fuglsang finish jumping Denmark three places to 20th place.

The Giro di Lombardia ends the 2010 UCI pro calendar/ProTour seadon confirming the winners of the rankings as Joaquín Rodriguez, Team Saxo Bank and Spain as the winners.

The 2011 season starts with the Tour Down Under in only 3 months on January 18th. . Pro racing will continue in the Southern Hemisphere with  the Spring season already underway in South America in the UCI America tour this week. The sun never sets on bike racing on the third rock from the sun.

Other Rankings... Unofficial
Young Guns, Top Sprinter & Over 35 Rankings
Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team SKY) and the Netherland's Robert Gesink (Rabobank) would are the top two Young Guns on the Individual rankings for Under 23 and Under 25 riders. Both riders distinguished themselves in the Classics and stage races during the past two seasons.

If there was a green jersey for top sprinter for the 2010 season )based on the individual rankings) Tyler Farrar 8th ranked would have the points jersey. This is a hard classification to decide as some of the riders could be as easily qualified as classics riders. The attempt here is to rank based on a theoretical "pure sprinter" based on the teams supporting their riders in the race for the points jersey in the Grand Tours:

Journeymen of the Podium
Some think a riders career is over as they reach the age of 32 to 35 years old. This wasn't always the case with many of the riders in the past riding to the golden age of 40 and beyond and continuing to compete in the top races. We don't have to look to far to the riders who will inspire many of the amateur riders who continue to ride and race as part of the Masters classes.

The amazing Alexander "Vino" Vinokourov continued this year at 37 years of age to lead the over 35 class... The Russian  returned to win the tour of Trentino In Italy,  and followed up a week later taking Liege-Bastogne-Leige in Spring.

USA's Chris Horner (RadioShack) at 39 years of age shows no signs of slowing down. Horner started the season winning the tough Vuelta al País Vasco, 2nd in the Giro di Sardegna to Roman Kreuziger, top ten performances followed in Amstel Gold, LBL, La Flèche Wallonne, and tenth on the G.C. of the Tour de France... often a protagonist in the outcome of the races he rode in support of other riders... a Journeyman's work.

If your looking for more inspiration to get off the coach and ride later, look no further than, Alessandro Petacchi still showed he has fast legs to compete with the top young sprinters finishing 5th in the unofficial ranking only 16 points behind riders ten years his junior...  such as Mark Cavendish.

Young Guns
Top U23 Rider: Edvald Boasson Hagen (23 -Team Sky
Top U25 Rider: Robert Gesink (24 - Rabobank)

Top Sprinters
1 - 9th Tyler Farrar (26 - Garmin-Transitions)
2 - 18th Tom Boonen (30 - Quick Step)
3 - 20th André Greipel (28 - HTC-Columbia)
4 - 22nd Mark Cavendish (25 - HTC-Columbia)
5 - Alessandro Petacchi (36 - Lampre-Farnese Vini)

Top Over 35 Riders:
1-11th Alexandre Vinokourov (37 - Astana)
2-17th Chris Horner (39 - RadioShack)
3- 24th Alessandro Petacchi (36 - Lampre-Farnese Vini)

2010 UCI Professional Final Individual Rankings
Rank/Previous Rank/Rider/Birth Year/Team/Total Points
1 1 Rodriguez Oliver Joaquín Esp (1979) Team Katusha (Kat) 551
2 2 Contador Velasco Alberto Esp (1982) Astana (Ast) 482
3 7 Gilbert Philippe Bel (1982) Omega Pharma-Lotto (Olo) 437

4 3 Sanchez Gil Luis Leon Esp(1983) Caisse D'epargne (Gce) 403
5 4 Evans Cadel Aus (1977) BMC Racing Team (Bmc) 390

6 6 Nibali Vincenzo Ita (1984) Liquigas-Doimo (Liq) 390
7 5 Gesink Robert Ned (1986) Rabobank (Rab) 369
8 8 Hesjedal Ryder Can (1980) Garmin - Transitions (Grm) 307
9 9 Farrar Tyler Usa (1984) Garmin - Transitions (Grm) 306
10 11 Sanchez Gonzalez Samuel Esp (1978) Euskaltel - Euskadi (Eus) 301
11 10 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz (1973) Astana (Ast) 283
12 21 Scarponi Michele Ita (1979) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni (And) 283
13 12 Schleck Andy Lux (1985) Team Saxo Bank (Sax) 258
14 13 Cancellara Fabian Sui (1981) Team Saxo Bank (Sax) 254
15 14 Schleck Frank Lux (1980) Team Saxo Bank (Sax) 230
16 15 Boasson Hagen Edvald Nor (1987) Sky Professional Cycling Team (Sky) 228
17 16 Menchov Denis Rus 19780 Rabobank (Rab) 221
18 17 Horner Christopher Usa (1971) Team RadioShack (Rsh) 216
19 18 Boonen Tom Bel (1980) Quick Step (Qst) 216
20 19 Greipel André Ger (1982) Team HTC- Columbia (Thr) 211
21 20 Basso Ivan Ita (1977) Liquigas-Doimo (Liq) 206
22 22 Cavendish Mark Gbr (1985) Team HTC Columbia (Thr) 198
23 23 Kreuziger Roman Cze (1986) Liquigas-Doimo (Liq) 196
24 24 Petacchi Alessandro Ita (1974) Lampre-Farnese Vini (Lam) 182
25 25 Martin Tony Ger (1985) Team HTC-Columbia (Thr) 179
2010 Complete Individual Ranking
Points By Race .Pdf
Points System for Races.Pdf
2010 UCI Road Calendar - ProTour Schedule

Team Ranking
1 3 Team Saxo Bank (Sax) Den 1,005
2 2 Liquigas-Doimo (Liq) Ita 996
3 1 Astana (Ast) Kaz 986
4 4 Rabobank (Rab) Ned 906
5 5 Team Katusha (Kat) Rus 900

6 6 Team HTC - Columbia (Thr) Usa 855
7 7 Garmin - Transitions (Grm) Usa 839
8 8 Omega Pharma-Lotto (Olo) Bel 774
9 9 Caisse d'Epargne (Gce) Esp 701
10 10 BMC Racing Team  (Bmc) Usa 661
11 11 Team RadioShack  (Rsh) Usa 621
12 12 Cervélo TestTeam (Ctt) Sui 616
13 14 Euskaltel - Euskadi (Eus) Esp 595
14 13 Lampre-Farnese Vini (Lam) Ita 535
15 15 SKY Professional Cycling Team (Sky) Gbr 435
16 16 Quick Step (Qst) Bel 325
17 18 Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni (And) Ita 323
18 17 Ag2r La Mondiale (Alm) Fra 261
19 19 Bbox Bouygues Telecom (Btl) Fra 231
20 20 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne (Cof) Fra 227
21 21 Xacobeo Galicia (Xac) Esp 198
22 22 Française Des Jeux (Fdj) France 175
23 23 Acqua & Sapone - D'angelo & Antenucci (Asa) Italy 134
24 24 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (Vac) Ned 130
25 25 Colnago - Csf Inox (Cog) Irl 119
26 26 Team Milram (Mrm) Ger 118
27 27 Saur - Sojasun (Sau) Fra 63
28 28 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Tsv) Bel 63
29 29 Footon-Servetto-Fuji (Fot) Esp 43
30 30 Landbouwkrediet (Lan) Bel 40
31 31 Skil - Shimano (Sks) Ned 16
32 32 Andalucia - Cajasur (Aca) Esp 1

2010 Nations Ranking
1 Spain (Espagne)  Esp 1,908
2 Italy  Ita 1,201
3 Belgium   Bel 982
4 Australia  Aus 850
5 United States USA 763
6 The Netherlands (Pays-Bas) Ned 643
7 Germany  Ger 547
8 Luxembourg  Lux 488
9 Russia Rus 453
10 Norway  Nor 441
11 Switzerland  Sui 422
12 Kazakhstan Kaz 406
13 Slovénia Slo 390
14 France Fra 386
15 Canada Can 363
16 Great Britain  Gbr 331
17 Ireland   Irl 254
18 Slovakia  Svk 242
19 Czech Republic Cze 196
20 Denmark Den 165
21 New Zealand  Nzl 145
22 Estonia Est 111
23 Colombia Col 108
24 Portugal Por 91
25 Austria Aut 83
26 Poland Pol 49
27 Argentina Arg 41
28 Byelorussia Blr 40
29 Croatia Cro 38
30 Sweden  Swe 31
31 Republic of South Africa Rsa 15
32 Uzbékistan UZB 5
33 Japan JPN 4
34 Lithuania LTU4


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