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Bettini tops post-world’s UCI rankings

Spain's Igor Astarloa of Spain jumped 25 places to the top 20 of the InternationalCycling Union's world rankings following his victory in the men's cyclingroad race at the world road championships Sunday.Italy's Paolo Bettini, the two-time World Cup winner who had been favoriteto win the world title, still leads ahead of compatriot Alessandro Petacchi,who sits in a career-high second place.Former world champion Mario Cipollini of Italy, absent from the championships,dropped from 29th to 85th place.UCI Rankings – as of October 121. Paolo Bettini (ITA), 2271 pts2. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA),

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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2003

Spain’s Igor Astarloa of Spain jumped 25 places to the top 20 of the InternationalCycling Union’s world rankings following his victory in the men’s cyclingroad race at the world road championships Sunday.Italy’s Paolo Bettini, the two-time World Cup winner who had been favoriteto win the world title, still leads ahead of compatriot Alessandro Petacchi,who sits in a career-high second place.Former world champion Mario Cipollini of Italy, absent from the championships,dropped from 29th to 85th place.

UCI Rankings – as of October 12
1. Paolo Bettini (ITA), 2271 pts
2. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), 1989
3. Erik Zabel (GER), 1977
4. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), 1752
5. Davide Rebellin (ITA), 1750
6. Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ), 1683
7. Alejandro Valverde (SPA), 1606
8. Lance Armstrong (USA), 1521
9. Iban Mayo (SPA), 1425
10. Francesco Casagrande (ITA), 1408
11. Tyler Hamilton (USA), 1363
12. Michael Boogerd (NED), 1267
13. Dario Frigo (ITA), 1265
14. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), 1259
15. Jan Ullrich (GER), 1258
16. Michele Bartoli (ITA), 1198
17. Francisco Mancebo (SPA), 1189
18. Igor Astarloa (SPA), 1151
19. Isidro Nozal (SPA), 1149
20. David Millar (GBR), 1113
21. Luca Paolini (ITA), 1068
22. Baden Cooke (AUS), 1065
23. Stefano Garzelli (ITA), 1011
24. Mirko Celestino (ITA), 978
25. Roberto Heras (SPA), 963