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Spain’s Movistar tops 2014 WorldTour rankings

Valverde claims the individual title, Movistar wins the team classification, and Spain is best country in final WorldTour standings

PARIS (AFP) — Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw their Spanish team, Movistar, end the 2014 WorldTour season as the top-ranked team.

The team’s 24-year-old Colombian climber Quintana, set the tone for a great year when he won the Giro d’Italia in May. His teammate Valverde then netted fourth place at the Tour de France and third at the Vuelta a España. Valverde, 34, also won Vuelta a Murcia, Roma Maxima, Flèche Wallonne, Clasica San Sebastian, and placed third at world road race championships.

The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar’s team leader, who topped the UCI ProTour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008.

In the country standings, Spain was the clear winner over Italy, whose top rider, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), won the the Tour de France.

Final team standings

(after the season-ending event, the Tour of Beijing)
1. Movistar (ESP) 1440 points
2. BMC Racing Team (USA) 1212
3. Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) 1186
4. Omega Pharma-Quick Step (BEL) 1016
5. Orica-GreenEdge (AUS) 953
6. Katusha (RUS) 938
7. Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA) 919
8. Giant-Shimano (NED) 905
9. Sky (GBR) 890
10. Astana (KAZ) 823
11. Garmin-Sharp (USA) 807
12. Belkin (NED) 795
13. Trek Factory Racing (USA) 759
14. Lampre-Merida (ITA) 706
15. Lotto-Belisol (BEL) 590
16. FDJ.fr (FRA) 505
17. Cannondale (ITA) 456
18. Europcar (FRA) 271

Standings by country

1. Spain 1834 points
2. Italy 1070
3. Belgium 1006
4. France 987
5. Netherlands 957
6. Australia 869
7. Colombia 814
8. Great Britain 721
9. Germany 640
10. Poland 565

Individual standings

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. Chris Froome (Sky) 326
8. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 321
9. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) 316
10. Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r La Mondiale) 300