Despite his failure to defend his Paris-Nice title this year, Luis Leon Sanchez still reigns supreme over the cycling world as he earned the World Number One ranking via his third place finish in the Paris-Nice event.
Andre Greipel failed to take hold of the number one spot as Sanchez (Team Caisse d’Epargne) climbed atop the latest rankings, which was released by the UCI today. Sanchez currently holds 158 points, courtesy of his podium finishes in the 2010 Tour Down Under and this year’s Paris-Nice race.
As for Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia), his 119 points puts him in the runner-up slot as of now. These points were earned via three stage wins and the overall championship of this year’s Tour Down Under. Greipel also raced in Paris-Nice but couldn’t improve upon his 25th position from stage one.
The current world number three spot goes to Team Astana’s Alberto Contador, who earned the spot via a stage win and overall title in the French event. Alejandro Valverde, also of Team Caisse d’Epargne, sees his ranking climb from the 11th spot up to 4th, due to a runner-up finish at Paris-Nice.
Spain is now enjoying the top spot in the nations’ rankings, with 453 points overall. This beats Australia’s 175 points and Germany’s 170 points by a mile. Meanwhile, the team rankings sees Caisse d’Epargne enjoying the number one spot so far, with 257 points to its credit. Team Katusha is in second place with 134 points and Team HTC-Columbia gets the third spot with 120 points.