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Contador takes over WorldTour standings


Fifth at Criterium du Dauphine has seen Alberto Contador rise to the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings for the first time in 2016, demoting teammate and world champion Peter Sagan into second place. Tinkoff, the team of Contador and Sagan, retains its place as the top team with Spain continuing to lead the nation standings.

Victory in the Dauphine prologue saw Contador wear the leader’s yellow jersey for four days before slipping to third on stage 5. The 33-year-old then dropped to fifth the following day and remained in that position at the conclusion of stage 5 to add 55 points to his tally of WorldTour points in 2016.

With Sagan currently racing at the Tour de Suisse, the Slovakian could move back to top of the standings at the conclusion of the nine-day race in June 19 but for now sits second in 329 points.

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BMC’s Richie Porte, one of four riders to lead the rankings so far in 2016, moves up from fifth to third after he finished fourth overall as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) dropping to fourth and fifth respectively.

With his third career Dauphine win, Chris Froome (Sky) jumps from 73rd to 20th on the rankings with 136 points while third place finisher Dan Martin improves from 20th to tenth on 204 points.

In total, 165 riders have scored points in 2016.

WorldTour rankings – June 12

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com





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