The dispute of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Saudi Tour and the Star of Bessèges They have left us many news this week in the different UCI classifications.
Some classifications that reflect the great start to the season of the Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, which this week remains the leader of the ranking with 1,586 points thanks to the 200 added by Rui Costa as the overall winner of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in addition to the 20 achieved by the Portuguese as the winner of the fifth stage and the 20 achieved by Binian Girmay after winning the first stage of the Valencian round.
After the Intermarché comes the UAE Team Emirates with 1,437 points after adding 85 with Davide Formolo’s second position overall on the Saudi Tour. The Ineos-Grenadiers complete the podium with 1,130 pointsthanks to the 125 achieved by Tao Geogehgan Hart as third overall in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the 20 achieved by the British cyclist himself as the winner of the fourth stage of the Valencian round.
Another of the teams that stars in one of the big climbs is the Bahrain-Victorious, who this week is seventh with 831 points thanks to the 100 added by Pello Bilbao as fourth overall in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the 70 for third place overall in the Saudi Tour by Santiago Buitrago and the 60 achieved by Mikel Landa after finishing seventh overall in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
It also goes up one position Movistar, which is already eighth with 786 points, thanks largely to Ruben Guerreiro, who this week has achieved 125 points as the overall winner of the Saudi Tour and 14 as winner of the fourth stage of the test, in addition to the 40 joined by Álex Aranburu as ninth overall in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
UCI ranking as of February 7, 2023
1. Intermarché-Circus-Wanty (BEL) 1,586
2. UAE Team Emirates (UAE) 1,437
3. Ineos-Grenadiers (GBR) 1,130
4. Jayco-AlUla (AUS) 1,020
5. Soudal Quick-Step (BEL) 946
6. EF Education Easypost (USA) 912
7. Bahrain-Victorious (BHR) 831
8. Movistar (ESP) 786
9. Israel Premier Tech (ISR) 764
10. Trek-Segafredo (USA) 749
Pello Bilbao, fifth in the world ranking
Regarding the UCI individual world ranking Tadej Pogacar remains at the top for another week with 5,131 points, ahead of Wout Van Aert, second with 4,525, and Remco Evenepoel, third with 4,282.5.
The big surprise in the classification is starring Pello Bilbao, who thanks to his fourth place overall in the Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana rises this week to fifth position with 2,346 points, only 6 more than the Belgian Arnaud de Lie. Norwegian Alexander Kristoff closes the Top-10 this week after overtaking Colombian Sergio Higuita, who drops to eleventh position ahead of Mathieu Van der Poel, although the Dutchman has yet to make his road racing debut this season.
UCI Individual Ranking as of February 7, 2023
1. Tadej Pogacar (SVN/UAE Emirates) 5,131
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. Pello Bilbao (ESP/Bahrain-Victorious) 2,346
6. Arnaud de Lie (BEL/Lotto Dstny) 2,340
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. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/One-X) 2,084