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.
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.
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.
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.
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
After WorldTour rival Alberto Contador elects not to race the Tour of Beijing, Alejandro Valverde also withdraws
Chris Froome finishes eventful year at the Road World Championships on Sunday
Alberto Contador aiming for three consecutive Grand Tours after winning 2014 Vuelta a Espana
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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.
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