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Dekker tops world rankings

Rabobank's Erik Dekker, who broke his femur during last week's Milan-SanRemo Classic, took the number one spot in the world cycling rankings for the first time in his career Monday.The 31-year-old Rabobank rider pushes Germany's Erik Zabel out of thespot he has held since last year into second thanks to his win in the Tirreno-Adriatico race last Wednesday.Dekker, who turned professional ten years ago, is the current World Cup leader, but could lose ground as he will miss all the spring classicsnotably the Amstel Gold Race which he won last year and the Tour of Flanders,where he

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

Rabobank’s Erik Dekker, who broke his femur during last week’s Milan-SanRemo Classic, took the number one spot in the world cycling rankings for the first time in his career Monday.The 31-year-old Rabobank rider pushes Germany’s Erik Zabel out of thespot he has held since last year into second thanks to his win in the Tirreno-Adriatico race last Wednesday.Dekker, who turned professional ten years ago, is the current World Cup leader, but could lose ground as he will miss all the spring classicsnotably the Amstel Gold Race which he won last year and the Tour of Flanders,where he was second in 2001, because of his injury.Dekker came to prominance during the 2000 Tour de France when he wonthree stages including the opening stage, and also won the eighth stageof the world’s top cycling race in 2001.Meanwhile, Italian Mario Cipollini moved up 15 places into 29th positionafter his Milan-San Remo win, while compatriot Davide Rebellin, winnerof last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico dropped from fifth to eighth. 
    1. Erik Dekker (Ned) 2339 points
    2. Erik Zabel (Ger) 2181
    3. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) 1759
    4. Paolo Bettini (Ita) 1749
    5. Lance Armstrong (USA)  1718
    6. Jan Ullrich (Ger) 1705
    7. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) 1493
    8. Davide Rebellin (Ita)  1471
    9. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) 1341
   10. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) 1314
   11. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) 1243
   12. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) 1224
   13. Jens Voigt (Ger)  1170
   14. Michael Boogerd (Ned)  1170
   15. Joseba Beloki (Spa) 1160
   16. Oscar Freire (Spa) 1127
   17. Nico Mattan (Bel) 1063
   18. Romans Vainsteins (Lat) 1059
   19. David Millar (Gbr) 1032
   20. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) 1021
   21. Didier Rous (Fra) 983
   22. Levy Leipheimer (USA)  977
   23. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) 945
   24. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr)  919
   25. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) 887
   26. Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) 879
   27. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) 874
   28. Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa)  849
   29. Mario Cipollini (Ita)  847
   30. Beat Zberg (Swi)  824