Tour de France winner Chris Froome makes his first appearance in the UCI WorldTour ranking top 10 for 2017, as Greg Van Avermaet retains overall lead
Belgian Classics specialist Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) has retained his overall lead in the UCI men’s WorldTour ranking, with 2017 Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) rocketing up from 60th to sixth.
Froome’s overall victory in the highest-ranked race in the WorldTour calendar netted him 1000 points, plus points awarded for time spent in the yellow jersey and individual stage placings. However, the British rider did not enjoy as successful a run-up to the Tour as previous seasons, with no victories until his overall Tour win on Sunday.
Conversely, although Van Avermaet had a quiet Tour in terms of results, his tally of points amassed from a stellar Classic campaign mean that he has a huge margin over his rivals. Wins in Paris-Roubaix, Ghent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke, Omloop Het Niewsblad and second in the Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche made Van Avermaet the rider of the early season.
Van Avermaet leads the ranking ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who crashed out of the Tour during the opening time trial in Düsseldorf. Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) benefitted from his sixth place overall at the Tour to move up to third in the ranking.
Outside the top 10 of the WorldTour ranking, Tour runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and third-placed Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) elevate themselves to 13th and 12th respectively thanks to their performance in France.
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Quick-Step Floors remain the top-ranked team in the WorldTour, breaching the 10,000 point barrier for the first time. They are comfortably ahead of second-placed BMC Racing, with Froome’s Team Sky outfit rising from fourth to third thanks to their Tour performance.
There’s not long to wait for the nest event in the WorldTour, with the Clasic San Sebastian in Spain taking place on Saturday (July 29). Van Avermaet and Uran are on the provisional start list. The Tour of Poland also commences on Saturday, with the one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday (July 30).
WorldTour points are awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for counting events. Points are also given for time spent in the race lead, and winning major classifications (ie King of the Mountains).
The amount of points awarded depends on the ranking of the event. For example, winning the Tour de France overall gives a rider over twice as many points as winning the Eneco Tour overall.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) topped the final ranking at the end of the 2016 season. Sagan won stage three of the Tour, but lost further chances of gaining WorldTour points during the race after controversially being disqualified.
Men’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on July 23)
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 2628 points
2. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 2105 pts
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 2040 pts
4. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 1882 pts
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 1851 pts
6. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 1824 pts
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 1771 pts
8. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 1765 pts
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 1711 pts
10. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 1570 pts
Men’s team ranking
1. Quick-Step Floors 10,100 points
2. BMC Racing 8198 pts
3. Team Sky 8011 pts
3. Movistar 6212 pts
5. Orica-Scott 5831 pts