Pogacar boosts UAE Emirates to the lead

Tadej Pogacar’s exhibition at the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior not only gave the Slovenian his first victory in 2023 in his first race of the year, but it has also allowed the squad led by Joxean Fernández ‘Matxin’ was the leader of the UCI ranking by teams.

In the classification published this Tuesday and which does not include the results of races such as the Tour of Oman as it has not concluded, UAE Emirates appears with 1,899 points after Pogacar added 125 as the winner of the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior. A test in which the team also added the 70 of Tim Wellems as third classified and the 60 of Marc Hirschi as fourth classified on the jiennense sterrato. To them we must add Matteo Trentin’s 50 after being fifth in the Vuelta a Murcia and Juan Sebastián Molano’s 35 as tenth in the Clásica de Almería that allow them to assault the leader of the classification.

A leadership that the UAE Emirates snatches from the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, second this week with 1,878 points. The Belgian squad is only 21 points behind the UAE thanks to the 85 points added by Rune Herregodts as second classified in the Clásica de Figueira and the seventh and eighth places of Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann in the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior. The Ineos-Grenadiers complete the podium for another week, with 1,372 in a week in which Ben Turner has added a total of 210 points for the team thanks to his victory in the Vuelta a Murcia and his second place in the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior .

The Lotto Dstny team stars in the biggest rise in the Top-10 to reach 1,000 points thanks to the 150 points added by Arnaud De Lie after finishing second in the Clásica de Almería. for his part Movistar falls this week to ninth position in the standings with 925 points in a week in which he added 40 points with the two Top-10s of Gorka Izagirre in the Vuelta a Murcia and in Jaén and 60 points with Fernando Gaviria’s seventh place in the Clásica de Almería. A Movistar that next week could make a leap in the standings depending on what happens in the Tour of Oman.

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UCI team ranking as of February 14, 2023

1. UAE Emirates (UAE) 1,899

2. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (BEL) 1,878

3. Ineos-Grenadiers (GBR) 1,372

4. Soudal Quick-Step (BEL) 1,090

5. EF Education-Easypost (USA) 1,067

6. Jayco-AlUla (AUS) 1,050

7. Lotto Dstny (BEL) 1,000

8. Israel – Premier Tech (ISR) 975

9. Movistar Team (ESP) 925

10. Bora-Hansgrohe (ALE) 869

Pogacar extends its leadership and De Lie surpasses Bilbao

With his victory in the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior Tadej Pogacar established himself as leader of the individual UCI ranking with 5,256 points, increasing his lead with Wout Van Aert, second with 4,525, and Remco Evenepoel, third with 4,282.5.

The main novelty this week in the ranking is the Arnaud De Lie rose to fifth place with 2,490 after his second place in the Clásica de Almería. An ascent that causes Pello Bilbao to fall this week to sixth position with 2,346 points. The other novelty of the week is the entry of Sergio Higuita into a Top-10 that Mathieu Van der Poel is close to, since the Colombian closes the Top-10 with 2,027 points to the 2,003.67 points of the Dutchman.

UCI individual ranking as of February 14, 2023

1. Tadej Pogacar (SVN/UAE Emirates) 5,256

2. Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) 4,525

3. Remco Evenepoel (BEL/Soudal Quick-Step) 4,282.5

4. Jonas Vingegaard (DIN/Jumbo-Visma) 3,154

5. Arnaud De Lie (BEL/Lotto Dstny) 2,490

6. Pello Bilbao (ESP/Bahrain-Victorious) 2,346

7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2,274

8. Stefan Kung (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) 2,180

9. Michael Matthews (AUS/Jayco-AlUla) 2,157.67

10. Sergio Higuita (COL/Bora-Hansgrohe) 2,027

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11. Mathieu Van der Poel (NED/Alpecin-Deceuninck) 2,003.67

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