Goss still tops UCI WorldTour rankings, but Scarponi closes gap to one point

Team Sky remain 5th but nationally, GB slide from 4th to 7th

by Simon_MacMichael   March 28, 2011  

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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.

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So presumably Scarponi would go to the top, if the UCI's appeal against Contador is successful. Not that Michele is whiter-than-white, as his former Liberty Seguros teammate Alberto knows. Of course, by the time the case is settled, probably everyone involved will have long retired, and the UCI will have ditched cycling all together, and become the governing body for skateboarding and tiddlywinks.

posted by handlebarcam [545 posts]
28th March 2011 - 14:28