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Roche climbs to 32nd in UCI rankings

Posted 20 September 2010

Nicolas Roche had another good reason to be satisfied with his 7th place in the Vuelta a Espana today with news that it has helped him to climb 21 places to 32nd in the latest UCI World Rankings.

The AG2R La Mondiale rider has accumulated a total of 148 points to move from 53rd behind Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) who has taken over the number one slot from Alberto Contador.

Rodriguez leads the latest table issued by the UCI today with a total of 551 points thanks to his success in finishing fourth overall in the Vuelta.

Contador (Astana) is now ranked second with 482 points while another good Vuelta performance by Luis Leon Sanchez has moved him up two places to third in the rankings with 403 points.

Dan Martin meanwhile has dropped seven places to 48th but can expect to improve upon that if he continues to find results in the end of season races having set success in the Tour of Lombardy as a number one goal.

Roche’s results have also helped his AG2R La Mondiale team to move up two places to 17th in the team rankings. The French team has 261 points while Contador’s Astana team continues to lead all 32 teams with 986 points.

Vincenzo Nibali’s Liquigas Doimo team have closed the gap to 40 points in the team ranking having added the Vuelta to their Giro win. Nibali, unsurprisingly, is the biggest mover in the individual rankings jumping 20 places to 6th with 340 points on the back of his Vuelta win.

Roche and Martin’s endeavours have also helped Ireland to maintain its ranking of 17th among the 34 countries with a total of 254 points while Spain continues to lead the nations table having amassed a whopping 1,868 points.

UCI World Rankings (20.9.10)
* previous ranking in brackets

1 (2) Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha 551 points
2 (1) Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana 482
3 (5) Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 403
4 (3) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 390
5 (4) Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 369
6 (26) Vincenzo Nibali (ITL) Liquigas Doimo 340
7 (7) Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharman Lotto 337
8 (6) Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin Transitions 307
9 (11) Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Transitions 306
10 (8) Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Astana 283

32 (53) Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 148
48 (41) Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions 106

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