Hesjedal and Gesink improve their world rankings, as Rodriguez closes on Contador

The two benefitted from their strong performances in Canada. Meanwhile, Joaquim Rodriguez is closing on Alberto Contador's lead in the rankings.

2010 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, Hesjedal and Gesink
Gesink and Hesjedal spent a lot of time together in Canada this weekend.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) each got a big boost to their UCI World Ranking this weekend with their performances at the Canadian ProTour events.

Gesink won Sunday’s Montreal race and was third in Friday’s race in Quebec City. Hesjedal was fourth Friday and third Sunday.

As a result, Gesink zoomed up from 11th to fourth on the rankings and Hesjedal moved from 12th to sixth.

Meanwhile, Alberto Contador’s position at the top of the rankings is looking a little tenuous. Vuelta a Espana points have not been added to the official rankings yet, but unofficially Joaquim Rodriguez has gained 41 points at the Vuelta so far, putting him just 11 points behind Contador, who has ended his racing season.

An overall win at the Vuelta is worth 170 points, and even 15th place on the final overall is worth 14 points, so Rodriguez has a clear shot at overtaking the Tour winner.

The final World Ranking event after the Vuelta is the Tour of Lombardy. A win there delivers 100 points.