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Leipheimer climbs into top 20 on UCI rankings with Swiss win

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jun. 20, 2011
  • Updated Jun. 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM EST

The stage race riders continued to climb the UCI WorldTour rankings after the Tour de Suisse, with overall winner Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and second placed Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) both now in the top twenty.

Leipheimer’s overall victory gave him 100 points and lifted him to 18th in the individual ranking with a total of 128 points. Cunego scored 80 points for second place and also scored four points for each of his days in the leader’s yellow jersey. He climbed to 20th in the individual ranking, with a total of 123 points. He gracefully accepted defeat.

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) still tops the individual UCI world ranking after his incredible run in the spring classics. Gilbert has a total 356 points, just seven points ahead of Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard). Italy’s Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) is a close third with 348 points.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) won the final time trial stage at the Tour de Suisse but he stayed in sixth place in the individual ranking with a total of 248 points. Ahead of him in fifth is Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), while Australia’s Cadel Evans (BMC) is fourth, with 314 points.

Leipheimer’s success helped lift Team RadioShack from fourth to third in the team ranking. The US-registered squad now has a total of 609 points and closed the gap on leaders HTC-Highroad, that has 628 points, and Leopard Trek, that has 613 points. The Saxo Bank-SunGard team slipped to seventh, while Cunego’s Lampre-ISD took their fourth place. Omega Pharma-Lotto is fifth and BMC is sixth.

Spain still tops the nations ranking with 1000 points. Italy is second with 891 points, Belgium is third with 765 points and Australia is fourth with 748 points.

The next major goal for most of the best-ranked riders is the Tour de France that begins on July 2.

Individuals

  • 1. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma-Lotto, with 356 points
  • 2. Alberto Contador Velasco, Saxo Bank Sungard, with 349 points
  • 3. Michele Scarponi, Lampre – Isd, with 348 points
  • 4. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, with 314 points
  • 5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver, Katusha Team, with 288 points

Nation

  • 1. SPAIN, with 1 point (1)
  • 2. ITALY, with 891 points (2)
  • 3. BELGIUM, with 765 points (3)
  • 4. AUSTRALIA, with 748 points (4)
  • 5. GERMANY, with 508 points (5)

Team

  • 1. HTC-Highroad, with 628 points (1)
  • 2. Leopard Trek, with 613 points (6)
  • 3. Team RadioShack, with 609 points (4)
  • 4. Lampre – Isd, with 548 points (7)
  • 5. Omega Pharma-Lotto, with 541 points (2)

Complete rankings

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