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Gilbert takes over UCI WorldTour rankings in Québec

  • By Adam Klevinas
  • Published Sep. 9, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 9, 2011 at 9:50 PM EDT

Following his win in Friday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, Philippe Gilbert has taken over the lead of the individual UCI World Tour rankings from Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Taking the lead in the rankings has been a goal of Gilbert’s since the Tour. Evans has announced he is not racing again this season, nor is third-placed Alberto Contador so Gilbert has a lock on the title.

“Everyone knew that I wanted to win this race, but the six points that I needed (to pass Evans’ total) were difficult to get,” said Gilbert at the post-race press conference. “I had a lot of pressure.”

Although the 12.6km circuit suited Gilbert, he was left without teammates to help him toward the end of the race. Tired, and facing a strong wind, he tried to attack on the second to last lap, but was reeled in by the group behind him.

“However, in the final lap, the peloton was thinned out and there were only 10 of us in the break,” said Gilbert. “I knew with 10 guys, I could finish fourth or fifth and I could relax and concentrate on winning. My goal of winning the 6 points was achieved. Once the title was ensured, I knew I could go for the finale.”

And that is exactly what Gilbert did. On the last lap, he launched his final attack on the 9 percent Côte de la Potasse, and only Robert Gesink (Rabobank) was able to follow him. As they hit the final stretch toward the finish, Gilbert opened up a three second gap to take the win and ensure his spot at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings.

“It was really a dream, something extraordinary,” said Gilbert. “Last year was a big year, and this year was truly incredible — 2011 will remain an exceptional season for me.”

The 2011 season has in fact been an exceptional one for Gilbert; he has won the Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Clasica San Sébastian, the Belgian road and time trial championships, and the opening stage of the Tour de France, which netted him a day in the maillot jaune.

However, despite Gilbert’s extraordinary success this season, he still has his sights set on some of cycling’s biggest monuments.

“I have always wanted to win the biggest races, the great classics,” said Gilbert. “There is still Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour of Flanders.

“I have won stages at the three grand tours, but I would also like to wear the pink jersey at the Giro,” he added. “I have held the leader’s jersey in all of the grand tours except for the Giro.”

Asked if his win in Québec – and the assurance of winning the UCI WorldTour individual rankings – might prevent him from taking the start in Sunday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, Gilbert quipped that the trip was too long to come to Canada to not race in Montréal.

Nevertheless, he said that, after ensuring his WorldTour win, he would start on Sunday with a lot less pressure.

“Everything that comes now is a bonus,” he said.

WorldTour rankings after Québec:

The last remaining races in the 2011 WorldTour are Sunday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, the Vuelta a España (which wraps up Sunday), the Tour of Beijing and the Tour of Lombardy. The rankings below do not include points earned at the Vuelta, where the overall win is worth 170 points and stage wins garner 16 points.

  • 1. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 648 points
  • 2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 574 points
  • 3. Alberto Contador Velasco, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 471 points
  • 4. Michele Scarponi, Lampre-Isd (lam), 348 points
  • 5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver, Katusha Team (kat), 328 points
  • 6. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 307 points
  • 7. Frank Schleck, Leopard Trek (leo), 284 points
  • 8. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling (sky), 260 points
  • 9. Andy Schleck, Leopard Trek (leo), 252 points
  • 10. Fabian Cancelllara, Leopard Trek (leo), 250 points
  • 11. Alexandre Vinokourov, Pro Team Astana (ast), 230 points
  • 12. Tony Martin, HTC-Highroad (thr), 227 points
  • 13. Robert Gesink, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 222 points
  • 14. Harley Goss Matthew, HTC-Highroad (thr), 217 points
  • 15. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 210 points
  • 16. Andreas KlÖden, Team RadioShack (rsh), 207 points
  • 17. Damiano Cunego, Lampre-Isd (lam), 203 points
  • 18. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Procycling (sky), 181 points
  • 19. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 170 points
  • 20. Rigoberto Uran Uran, Sky Procycling (sky), 169 points
  • 21. Daniel Martin, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 162 points
  • 22. Levi Leipheimer, Team RadioShack (rsh), 158 points
  • 23. Mark Cavendish, HTC-Highroad (thr), 152 points
  • 24. Christopher Horner, Team RadioShack (rsh), 143 points
  • 25. Tom Boonen, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 140 points
  • 26. Peter Sagan, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 138 points
  • 27. Roman Kreuziger, Pro Team Astana (ast), 135 points
  • 28. André Greipel, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 132 points
  • 29. Thor Hushovd, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 123 points
  • 30. Jean-christophe Peraud, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 121 points
  • 31. Steven Kruijswijk, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 120 points
  • 32. John Gadret, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 116 points
  • 33. Simon Gerrans, Sky Procycling (sky), 111 points
  • 34. Benat Intxausti Elorriaga, Movistar Team (mov), 110 points
  • 35. Marco Pinotti, HTC-Highroad (thr), 110 points
  • 36. Cameron Meyer, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 106 points
  • 37. Tyler Farrar, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 106 points
  • 38. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard Trek (leo), 103 points
  • 39. David Millar, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 101 points
  • 40. Johan Van Summeren, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 100 points
  • 41. Nick Nuyens, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 100 points
  • 42. Alessandro Ballan, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 100 points
  • 43. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil, Movistar Team (mov), 95 points
  • 44. Grega Bole, Lampre-Isd (lam), 91 points
  • 45. Ben Swift, Sky Procycling (sky), 91 points
  • 46. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 90 points
  • 47. Xavier Tondo Volpini, Movistar Team (mov), 90 points
  • 48. Marco Marcato, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 88 points
  • 49. Sylvain Chavanel, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 82 points
  • 50. Bauke Mollema, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 76 points
  • 51. Björn Leukemans, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 76 points
  • 52. Michael Matthews, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 74 points
  • 53. Laurens Ten Dam, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 73 points
  • 54. Broeck Jurgen Van Den, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 71 points
  • 55. Janez Brajkovic, Team RadioShack (rsh), 71 points
  • 56. Thomas Danielson, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 71 points
  • 57. Maarten Tjallingii, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 70 points
  • 58. Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 70 points
  • 59. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi, Movistar Team (mov), 70 points
  • 60. Wouter Poels, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 68 points
  • 61. Gerald Ciolek, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 67 points
  • 62. Alessandro Petacchi, Lampre-Isd (lam), 67 points
  • 63. Carlos Barredo Llamazales, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 60 points
  • 64. Daniele Bennati, Leopard Trek (leo), 60 points
  • 65. Grégory Rast, Team RadioShack (rsh), 60 points
  • 66. Jelle Vanendert, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 58 points
  • 67. Kanstantsin Sivtsov, HTC-Highroad (thr), 58 points
  • 68. Borut Bozic, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 57 points
  • 69. Pieter Weening, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 56 points
  • 70. Simone Ponzi, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 54 points
  • 71. Ytting Bak Lars, HTC-Highroad (thr), 54 points
  • 72. Igor Anton Hernandez, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 53 points
  • 73. Peter Kennaugh, Sky Procycling (sky), 51 points
  • 74. Dries Devenyns, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 50 points
  • 75. Jos Van Emden, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 50 points
  • 76. Sebastian Langeveld, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 50 points
  • 77. Filippo Pozzato, Katusha Team (kat), 50 points
  • 78. Mikel Nieve Ituralde, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 48 points
  • 79. Chris SÖrensen, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 45 points
  • 80. Bernhard Eisel, HTC-Highroad (thr), 44 points
  • 81. Fabian Wegmann, Leopard Trek (leo), 41 points
  • 82. Joost Van Leijen, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 40 points
  • 83. Rinaldo Nocentini, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 40 points
  • 84. Mathias Frank, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 40 points
  • 85. George Hincapie, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 40 points
  • 86. Giacomo Nizzolo, Leopard Trek (leo), 35 points
  • 87. Oscar Freire Gomez, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 34 points
  • 88. Tiago Machado, Team RadioShack (rsh), 33 points
  • 89. David Lopez Garcia, Movistar Team (mov), 32 points
  • 90., (), 30 points
  • 91. Lloyd Mondory, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 30 points
  • 92. Hubert Dupont, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 28 points
  • 93. Antonio Leal Cardoso Manuel, Team RadioShack (rsh), 27 points
  • 94. Jurgen Roelandts, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 26 points
  • 95. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre, Team RadioShack (rsh), 26 points
  • 96. Pavel Brutt, Katusha Team (kat), 26 points
  • 97. Ryder Hesjedal, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 26 points
  • 98. Vasili Kiryienka, Movistar Team (mov), 26 points
  • 99. Romain Feillu, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 26 points
  • 100. Kevin De Weert, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 24 points
  • 101. Christophe Le Mevel, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 23 points
  • 102. Ben Hermans, Team RadioShack (rsh), 22 points
  • 103. Dario Cataldo, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 22 points
  • 104. Thomas De Gendt, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 22 points
  • 105. Biel Kadri, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 21 points
  • 106. Paolo Tiralongo, Pro Team Astana (ast), 21 points
  • 107. Da Costa Rui Alberto Faria, Movistar Team (mov), 21 points
  • 108. Christophe Riblon, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 20 points
  • 109. Lars Boom, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 20 points
  • 110. Diego Ulissi, Lampre-Isd (lam), 20 points
  • 110. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 20 points
  • 112. David Arroyo Duran, Movistar Team (mov), 18 points
  • 113. Simon Clarke, Pro Team Astana (ast), 16 points
  • 114. Eros Capecchi, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 16 points
  • 114. Bart De Clercq, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 16 points
  • 114. Heinrich Haussler, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 16 points
  • 117. Kevin Seeldraeyers, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 14 points
  • 118. Peter Velits, HTC-Highroad (thr), 14 points
  • 119. John Degenkolb, HTC-Highroad (thr), 14 points
  • 120. Alex Rasmussen, HTC-Highroad (thr), 13 points
  • 121. Daniel Moreno Fernandez, Katusha Team (kat), 12 points
  • 122. Pablo Lastras Garcia, Movistar Team (mov), 12 points
  • 122. Denis Galimzyanov, Katusha Team (kat), 12 points
  • 124. Andrew Talansky, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 11 points
  • 125. Christian Vandevelde, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 11 points
  • 126. José Haedo Juan, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 11 points
  • 126. Greg Henderson, Sky Procycling (sky), 11 points
  • 128. Fumiyuki Beppu, Team RadioShack (rsh), 10 points
  • 129. Kristof Goddaert, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 10 points
  • 130. Stephen Cummings, Sky Procycling (sky), 10 points
  • 131. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni, Sky Procycling (sky), 10 points
  • 132. Allan Davis, Pro Team Astana (ast), 10 points
  • 133. Johann Tschopp, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 10 points
  • 134. Matteo Carrara, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 10 points
  • 135. Richie Porte, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 10 points
  • 135. Davide Appollonio, Sky Procycling (sky), 10 points
  • 137. Maxime Monfort, Leopard Trek (leo), 8 points
  • 138. Paul Martens, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 8 points
  • 139. Geraint Thomas, Sky Procycling (sky), 7 points
  • 140. Rémy Di Gregorio, Pro Team Astana (ast), 7 points
  • 140. David Zabriskie, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 7 points
  • 140. Robbie Mcewen, Team RadioShack (rsh), 7 points
  • 143. Matteo Bono, Lampre-Isd (lam), 6 points
  • 143. Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez, Movistar Team (mov), 6 points
  • 143. Jesse Sergent, Team RadioShack (rsh), 6 points
  • 143. Francesco Gavazzi, Lampre-Isd (lam), 6 points
  • 143. Sébastien Hinault, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 6 points
  • 143. Alexander Kristoff, BMC Racing Team (BMC), 6 points
  • 143. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 6 points
  • 143. Daniel Oss, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 6 points
  • 143. Gatis Smukulis, HTC-Highroad (thr), 6 points
  • 152. Linus Gerdemann, Leopard Trek (leo), 5 points
  • 153. Tejay Van Garderen, HTC-Highroad (thr), 5 points
  • 153. Mikael Cherel, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 5 points
  • 153. Danilo Di Luca, Katusha Team (kat), 5 points
  • 156. Mathew Hayman, Sky Procycling (sky), 4 points
  • 157. Stuart O’grady, Leopard Trek (leo), 4 points
  • 158. Thomas LÖvkvist, Sky Procycling (sky), 4 points
  • 159. Kristof Vandewalle, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 4 points
  • 159. Oleksandr Kvachuk, Lampre-Isd (lam), 4 points
  • 159. Davide Vigano, Leopard Trek (leo), 4 points
  • 159. Leigh Howard, HTC-Highroad (thr), 4 points
  • 159. Sergey Renev, Pro Team Astana (ast), 4 points
  • 159. Graeme Brown, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 4 points
  • 165. Baden Cooke, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 3 points
  • 166. Jan Bakelants, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 3 points
  • 167. Michel Kreder, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 2 points
  • 168. Francesco Chicchi, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 2 points
  • 168. Artem Ovechkin, Katusha Team (kat), 2 points
  • 168. Aaen JÖrgensen Jonas, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 2 points
  • 168. Jérôme Pineau, Quickstep Cycling Team (qst), 2 points
  • 168. Mikhail Ignatyev, Katusha Team (kat), 2 points
  • 168. Branislau Samoilau, Movistar Team (mov), 2 points
  • 168. Lieuwe Westra, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 2 points
  • 168. Tomas Vaitkus, Pro Team Astana (ast), 2 points
  • 168. Giampaolo Caruso, Katusha Team (kat), 2 points
  • 168. Pim Ligthart, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 2 points
  • 168. Adriano Malori, Lampre-Isd (lam), 2 points
  • 168. Mark Renshaw, HTC-Highroad (thr), 2 points
  • 168. Ruben Perez Moreno, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 2 points
  • 168. Kenny De Haes, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 2 points
  • 182. Marcel Sieberg, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 1 point
  • 182. Rick Flens, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 1 point
  • 182. Bert Grabsch, HTC-Highroad (thr), 1 point
  • 182. Andrey Amador Bakkazakova, Movistar Team (mov), 1 point
  • 182. Michal Golas, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team (vcd), 1 point
  • 182. Frantisek Rabon, HTC-Highroad (thr), 1 point
  • 182. Christopher Sutton, Sky Procycling (sky), 1 point
  • 182. Elia Viviani, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 1 point
  • 182. Fabio Sabatini, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 1 point
  • 182. Geoffroy Lequatre, Team RadioShack (rsh), 1 point
  • 182. Koldo Fernandez, Euskaltel-Euskadi (eus), 1 point
  • 182. Nicolas Roche, Ag2r La Mondiale (alm), 1 point
  • 182. Gustav Larsson, Saxo Bank Sungard (sbs), 1 point
  • 182. Jack Bobridge, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 1 point
  • 182. Enrico Gasparotto, Pro Team Astana (ast), 1 point
  • 182. Yaroslav Popovych, Team RadioShack (rsh), 1 point
  • 182. Przemyslaw Niemiec, Lampre-Isd (lam), 1 point
  • 182. Alberto Losada Alguacil, Katusha Team (kat), 1 point
  • 182. Nelson Oliveira, Team RadioShack (rsh), 1 point
  • 182. Adam Blyth, Omega Pharma-Lotto (olo), 1 point
  • 182. Theo Bos, Rabobank Cycling Team (rab), 1 point
  • 182. Vladimir Isaichev, Katusha Team (kat), 1 point
  • 182. Damiano Caruso, Liquigas-Cannondale (liq), 1 point
  • 182. Matthew Wilson, Team Garmin-Cervelo (grm), 1 point

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