Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad remains at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings despite illness forcing him to abandon during yesterday’s Gent-Wevelgem, but Lampre-ISD’s Michele Scarponi has closed the gap on the Australian to just one point.
While Goss, winner of Milan-San Remo earlier this month, failed to add any points this week, Scarponi’s second overall behind Alberto Contador in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was enough to lift him to second. BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans lies third.
Team Sky’s Ben Swift remains the top-ranked British rider, slipping two places to ninth, while in the team rankings, the British outfit remains fifth behind RadioShack, still fourth.
While HTC-Highroad are still top, there have been changes behind them – Rabobank drop to sixth, swapping places with Lampre-ISD who are now second, while BMC Racing drop from third to ninth, Garmin-Cervelo moving up into the number-three spot in their place.
Quickstep, meanwhile, have finally put the dreaded ‘nul points’ behind them through Tom Boonen’s victory in yesterday’s Gent-Wevelgem.
Nationally, the top three remain unchanged – Australia, Italy and Germany in that order – but Great Britain slide from fourth to seventh, having been leapfrogged by Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.