Evans at the Top After Valverde’s Suspension
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) of Australia is currently number one in UCI world standings. This was determined after Alejandro Valverde’s (Caisse d’Epargne) suspension on doping as well as Evans’ win as fifth placer at the Giro d’Italia. The International Cycling Union has done the appropriate adjustments of removing Valverde from the world rankings.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport finally issued a worldwide ban for two years on Valverde. The Spaniard can only return to racing on January 1st 2012. Valverde previously held the number one spot in the UCI world rankingas after winning the Tour of Romandie.
Evans also cemented his spot as the new number one by winning the Fleche Wallone and several other top ten finishes during the season. Second in the ranking is Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and coming in at third is Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha).
Notable movement in the rankings are Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) who won the Giro d’Italia, Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) who is now on 44th position and Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) who holds the 21st position due to his win in the Tour of California.
At the team rankings, Katusha now holds the top squad title.
1 (3) Cadel Evans AUS (BMC) 384, 2 (1) Philippe Gilbert BEL (OLO) 304, 3 (2) Joaquin Rodriguez SPA (KAT) 288, 4 (4) Luis Leon Sanchez SPA (GCE) 232, 5 5 Tom Boonen BEL (QST) 216, 6 (-) Ivan Basso ITA (LIQ) 206, 7 (25) Michele Scarponi ITA (AND) 203, 8 (6) Fabian Cancellara SUI (SAX) 200, 9 (20) Alexandre Vinokourov KAZ (AST) 185, 10 (7) Alberto Contador ESP (AST) 167.