Philippe Gilbert’s magical ride through the Ardennes had another silver lining: the Omega-Lotto rider climbs into the No. 1 spot in the latest UCI rankings.
After sweeping all three Ardennes classics, Gilbert moves solidly into the top spot of the season-long ranking system based on World Tour and Historic Tour events. Gilbert’s classics sweep knocked Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) out of first place.
Gilbert bounced from fifth to first and now leads with 365 points. Cancellara, who has not raced since Amstel Gold Race, slipped to second with 236 points. Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) slots into third with 203 points.
Chris Horner (RadioShack) is the top American, ranked eighth with 143 points.
In the team ranking, scored by combining the top 5 individual rider’s points, Leopard-Trek climbed from fifth to first, followed by RadioShack and Omega-Lotto.
In the national ranking, Belgium moves to the top of the leader board, followed by Australia and Spain.
Under the old UCI ranking system, which rated points on a rolling calendar going back one year in all UCI-ranked events before the UCI eliminated it with the introduction of the ProTour in 2005, Gilbert is still No. 1.
The website www.cqranking.com continues to formulate the older, some say more accurate system, giving Gilbert 2,310 points, followed by Vicenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale), Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) and Scarponi. Under that ranking system, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo) is the top American in sixth with 1,673 points while Horner, the top-ranked American in the new UCI-backed system, slips to 42nd with 787 points.
- 1. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma-Lotto, with 356 points
- 2. Fabian Cancellara, Leopard Trek, with 236 points
- 3. Harley Goss Matthew, Htc-Highroad, with 203 points
- 4. Andreas KlÖden, Team Radioshack, with 202 points
- 5. Michele Scarponi, Lampre – Isd, with 202 points
- 1. BELGIUM, with 750 points
- 2. AUSTRALIA, with 558 points
- 3. SPAIN, with 546 points
- 4. ITALY, with 545 points
- 5. GERMANY, with 401 points
- 1. Leopard-Trek, with 503 points
- 2. Team Radioshack, with 465 points
- 3. Omega Pharma-Lotto, with 459 points
- 4. HCT-Highroad, with 453 points
- 5. Rabobank Cycling Team, with 398 points