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The UCI World Ranking tables are a system of ranking elite road bicycle racers based upon the results in a series of races over a twelve month period, which started in 2009.

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Background

Until the end of 2004, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) maintained both the UCI Road World Rankings, which awarded results for all its sanctioned races, and the UCI Road World Cup, which was awarded on the basis of performance in ten selected one day events. Both were replaced from the 2005 season by the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits. However, disputes between the UCI and ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France and other classics, and eventually with the organisers of the Tours of Italy and Spain, meant that by 2008 the ProTour was devalued as a ranking method, as only one of the Monument events, and three other classics, remained under the auspices of the UCI.

Ranking events

The UCI World Calendar,[1] consisting of the 16 UCI ProTour events, the three Grand Tours, five more of the classics (including the other four monuments), and two early season stage races, lists the 26 races in which points can be gained for the World Rankings. In addition to individual rankings, tables are produced for teams and nations, based on the top five individuals in the standings representing the team or country. All races on the World Calendar except the Tour Down Under were part of the 2007 UCI ProTour, the last ProTour season before its devaluation: the Paris-Tours, along with three discontinued races ( the Eindhoven Team Time Trial, Züri-Metzgete and Deutschland Tour) were part of the 2007 ProTour, but are not in the present World Ranking Calendar. Two new Canadian races, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, were added to the calendar for 2010.

Race World Ranking Points[2]
Winner Second Third final position for
which points are given
France Tour de France Overall
Each stage
200
20
150
10
120
6
20th (4 points)
5th (2 points)
Italy Giro d'Italia
Spain Vuelta a España
Overall
Each stage
170
16
130
8
100
4
20th (2 points)
5th (1 point)
Australia Tour Down Under
France Paris-Nice
Italy Tirreno-Adriatico
Spain Vuelta al País Vasco
Switzerland Tour de Romandie
Spain Volta a Catalunya
France Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Switzerland Tour de Suisse
Poland Tour de Pologne
BelgiumNetherlandsTour of Benelux
Overall
Each stage
100
6
80
4
70
2
10th (4 points)
5th (1 point)
Italy Milan-Sanremo
Belgium Ronde van Vlaanderen
France Paris-Roubaix
Belgium Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Italy Giro di Lombardia
100 80 70 10th (4 points)
Belgium Gent-Wevelgem
Netherlands Amstel Gold Race
Belgium La Flèche Wallonne
Spain Clásica de San Sebastián
Germany Vattenfall Cyclassics
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec[3]
Canada Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal[3]
France GP Ouest-France
80 60 50 10th (2 points)

Results

Year Top Ranked Individual Top Ranked Team Top Ranked Nation
2009  Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana Astana  Spain

References

  1. ^ UCI listing of events and dates for the 2009 calendar
  2. ^ http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTU2MzU&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=NDk5MDY&LangId=1 UCI Rankings points scale
  3. ^ a b The Grands Prix in Quebec and Montreal were not part of the initial 2009 series
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