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  • By John Wilcockson
  • Published Jul. 14, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM EST

The Athletes

The Luxembourg Project gained the No. 1 position in the UCI sporting assessment based on the points of its top 15 riders scored in a system similar to the former UCI World Rankings — which is the method currently used by the Cycling Quotient Web site to rank professional racers. Here’s how the Luxembourg team’s athletes shape up according to CQ:

1) Fabian Cancellara (Swi), 29*
Four-time world TT champion and specialist in flatter spring classics.
(CQ ranking: 9th, 1,559pts)
2) Andy Schleck (Lux), 25
Team leader for grand tours and hilly classics.
(CQ ranking: 16th, 1,190pts)
3) Fränk Schleck (Lux), 30
Co-leader for grand tours and hilly classics.
(CQ ranking: 21st, 1,107pts)
4) Jakob Fuglsang (Dk), 25
Huge prospect for grand tours and hilly classics.
(CQ ranking: 40th, 802pts)
5) Maxime Monfort (B), 27
Reliable team rider for stage races and possible leader for hilly classics.
(CQ ranking: 54th, 662pts)
6) Daniele Bennati (I), 30
Italian sprinter looking to regain the top form he had in 2007.
(CQ ranking: 66th, 615pts)
7) Jens Voigt (G), 39
Veteran team rider still capable of winning shorter stage races.
(CQ ranking: 95th, 507pts)
8) Fabian Wegmann (G), 30
Strong support rider and potential classics winner.
(CQ ranking: 102nd, 475pts)
9) Wouter Weylandt (B), 26
Potent sprinter when going is tough.
(CQ ranking: 115th, 429pts)
10) Linus Gerdemann (G), 28
His great potential as stage race specialist yet to be confirmed.
(CQ ranking: 165th, 322pts)
11) Robert Wagner (G), 27*
Strong sprinter capable of beating the best.
(CQ ranking: 224th, 271pts)
12) Dominic Klemme (G), 24
Prospect for spring classics after placing 14th at 2010 Paris-Roubaix.
(CQ ranking: 276th, 224pts)
13) Anders Lund (Dk), 25
Promising team rider for the grand tours.
(CQ ranking: 323rd, 193pts)
14) Stefan Denifl (A), 23
Solid climber, stage race rider from Cervélo TestTeam.
(CQ ranking: 333rd, 189pts)
15) Oliver Zaugg (Swi), 29
Excellent team rider and climber who helped Vincenzo Nibali win 2010 Vuelta a España.
(CQ ranking: 336th, 186pts)
16) Martin Mortensen (Dk), 26
Solid team rider for shorter stage races and spring classics.
(CQ ranking: 352nd, 178pts)
17) Joost Posthuma (Nl), 29
Strong time trialist and versatile team rider.
(CQ ranking: 582nd, 99pts)
18) Stuart O’Grady (Aus), 37
Reliable road captain for classics and grand tours.
(CQ ranking: 625th, 88pts)
19) Will Clarke (Aus), 25
First big contract after 2 months as a stagiaire with AG2R.
(CQ ranking: 692nd, 77pts)
20) Brice Feillu (F), 25
Climber, yet to confirm stage win and 24th overall at 2009 Tour de France.
(CQ ranking: 734th, 70pts)
21) Davide Vigano (I), 26
Versatile team rider.
(CQ ranking: 844th, 54pts)
22) Tom Stamsnijder (Nl), 25
Solid team rider for grand tours and stage races. (CQ ranking: 963rd, 44pts)
23) Bruno Pires (P), 29
Strong climber who’s been “hidden” in Portuguese racing.
(CQ ranking: 1,229th, 28pts)
24) Giacomo Nizzolo (I), 21
Promising rookie for single-day races.
(CQ ranking: 2,732nd, 4pts)

* Rider not yet confirmed at press time

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