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Zabel tops UCI rankings

Deutsche Telekom's ace sprinter Erik Zabel regained top spot in the world cycling rankings on Monday as Italy's Paolo Bettini staked his claim for respect from the world elite after jumping one place into third behind Lance Armstrong. Zabel, of Telekom team, had been second behind Erik Dekker when the rankings were last released on March 25 however the Dutchman, who rides for Rabobank, has been out since breaking his hip during the Milan-San Remo classic. Three-time Tour de France winner Armstrong also moved up one place to fourth while German Jens Voigt, of the Credit Agricole

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

Photo: Graham Watson (file photo)

Deutsche Telekom’s ace sprinter Erik Zabel regained top spot in the world cycling rankings on Monday as Italy’s Paolo Bettini staked his claim for respect from the world elite after jumping one place into third behind Lance Armstrong.

Zabel, of Telekom team, had been second behind Erik Dekker when the rankings were last released on March 25 however the Dutchman, who rides for Rabobank, has been out since breaking his hip during the Milan-San Remo classic.

Three-time Tour de France winner Armstrong also moved up one place to fourth while German Jens Voigt, of the Credit Agricole team, moved from 13th to 11th.

Other notable changes included Spain’s world road race champion Oscar Freire, of the Italian team Mapei, who jumped three places to 13th after his good results in Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico.UCI World Rankings – April 8, 2002
1. Erik Zabel (G), 2300 points
2. Erik Dekker (Nl), 2070
3. Paolo Bettini (I), 1810
4. Lance Armstrong (USA), 1792
5. Gilberto Simoni (I), 1759
6. Jan Ullrich (G), 1705
7. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), 1493
8. Davide Rebellin (I), 1471
9. Francesco Casagrande (I), 1446
10. Laurent Jalabert (F), 1314
11. Jens Voigt (G), 1167
12. Joseba Beloki (Sp), 1160
13. Oscar Freire Gomez (Sp), 1127
14. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), 1118
15. Danilo Di Luca (I), 1098
16. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), 1043
17. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr), 1015
18. Didier Rous (F), 993
19. David Millar (GB), 984
20. Giuliano Figueras (I), 981
21. Romans Vainsteins (Lat), 960
22. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Sp), 928
23. Levy Leipheimer (USA), 927
24. Michael Boogerd (Ned), 923
25. Mario Cipollini (I), 895
26. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), 874
27. Nico Mattan (Bel), 860
28. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), 858
29. Fernando Escartin (Sp), 857
30. Wladimir Belli (I), 845