Alejandro Valverde tops UCI WorldTour 2014, as Chris Froome finishes seventh

Spaniard finishes just above compatriot Alberto Contador in the UCI's overall standings for the year, with Britain's Chris Froome finishing the season in seventh

Alejandro Valverde leads Quintana and Froome on stage six of the 2014 Tour of Spain

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Alejandro Valverde wins the 2014 Fleche Wallonne

Alejandro Valverde wins the 2014 Fleche Wallonne
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Even before the final WorldTour race of the season, the Tour of Beijing, Alejandro Valverde had secured the number one position in the UCI rankings as the only man who could catch him, Alberto Contador, pulled out of the Chinese race with injury. Valverde accrued his points with three pro wins in 2014, including at La Fleche Wallone, the Clasica San Sebastian and a stage win in the Vuelta a Espana. The 34-year-old finished with 10 other podium finishes, as well as taking fourth overall in the Tour de France and third place in the Vuelta general classification.

Alberto Contador on stage twenty-one of the 2014 Tour of Spain

Big results for Valverde, Contador and Froome at the Vuelta pushed them higher up the WorldTour rankings
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Britain's Chris Froome finished seventh in the rankings despite a disappointing year, taking his biggest points at the Tour of Romandy and in the Vuelta a Espana. 2014 Grand Tour winners, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana finished fifth and sixth respectively, having both missed a significant amount of the last part of the season, while Vuelta winner Alberto Contador took second spot.

Vincenzo Nibali in action during Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France

Tour de France champion Nibali tailed off towards the end of the season, finishing in fifth in the WorldTour
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There's also a good showing for classics riders in the rankings, with Australia's Simon Gerrans finishing in third after his Liege-Bastogne-Liege win and Milan-San Remo winner Alexander Kristoff in eighth.

Simon Gerrans wins Quebec Grand Prix, Quebec City, Canada, Sept. 12, 2014

Gerrans' fantastic year in which he took Liege victory and big wins in Canada, as well as the Tour Down Under, saw him seal third place in the WorldTour
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The biggest recent movers in the standings include monument winner Dan Martin, who jumped thirty places having won Il Lombardia as well as a stage win and second place overall in Beijing.

Daniel Martin wins 2014 Tour of Lombardy

Dan Martin's wins in Lombardy and Beijing saw him jump 30 places up the rankings into the top 10
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Last year's world champion Rui Costa also jumped two places after his Beijing performance, but amassed hundreds of points by finishing second and third with amazing consistently throughout the year.

Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Overall victory in the Tour de Suisse was a rare highlight for Costa, who had a frustrating season in the rainbow jersey
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Defending WorldTour number one Joaquim Rodriguez finished eleventh after two consecutive years as number one, with Tour runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud rounding out the top 10 for 2014.

Joaquin Rodriguez wins stage three of the 2014 Tour of Catalonia

Joaquim Rodriguez failed to make it three number one spots in a row after a disappointing year, where overall victory in the Volta a Catalunya was the standout

The UCI WorldTour 2015 is out already, and as usual kicks-off with the Tour Down Under in January. You can see the full year of WorldTour races on our calendar here.

UCI Individual WorldTour rankings 2014

1. Alejandro VALVERDE (Movistar)  686 points

2. Alberto CONTADOR (Tinkoff-Saxo)  620

3. Simon GERRANS (Orica GreenEDGE) 478

4. Rui COSTA (Lampre-Merida) 461

5. Vincenzo NIBALI (Astana) 392

6. Nairo QUINTANA (Movistar) 346

7. Christopher FROOME (Team Sky) 326

8. Alexander KRISTOFF (Katusha) 321

9. Daniel MARTIN (Garmin-Sharp) 316

10. Jean-Christophe PERAUD (AG2R La Mondiale) 300

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