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Peter Sagan loses WorldTour lead to Nairo Quintana

Despite a win and second place in Canada over the weekend, Peter Sagan just loses his top spot in the UCI WorldTour ranking to Vuelta a Espa a winner Nairo Quintana

Peter Sagan Loses WorldTour Lead To Nairo Quintana

Peter Sagan and Nairo Quintana Credit: Graham Watson

Peter Sagan1 (Tinkoff) has narrowly lost his UCI WorldTour2 ranking lead to Vuelta a Espa a3 overall winner Nairo Quintana4 (Movistar). Quintana won the Vuelta in Madrid on Sunday, earning him enough points to move past Sagan despite Sagan winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu bec5 on Friday and placing second in the GP de Montr al6 on Sunday. It is close, however. Quintana heads up the ranking with 609 points to Sagan s 585 points. If Sagan gains 25 points in either of the two remaining WorldTour races in the 2016 season the Eneco Tour (September 19-25) or Il Lombardia (October 1) he would be crowned WorldTour champion for the first time in his career.

Sagan and Quintana have amassed WorldTour points in quite different ways. Quintana s success has come via stage race overall placings, whilst Sagan s has come mainly from one-day race wins and stage victories.

>>> Peter Sagan takes surprise Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu bec win7

Aside from his Vuelta victory, Quintana placed third in the Tour de France, and won the Tour de Romandie and Volta a Catalunya overall.

Peter Sagan Loses WorldTour Lead To Nairo Quintana

Chris Froome (second), Nairo Quintana (winner), Esteban Chaves (third) on the final Vuelta a Espana podium

As well as his success in Canada, Sagan won the Tour of Flanders8, Ghent-Wevelgem, was second in E3 Harelbeke, second overall in Tirreno-Adriatico and won four stages of the Tour de France. Tour de France winner Chris Froome9 (Sky) is third behind Quintana and Sagan, and highest-placed British rider, after placing second overall in the Vuelta a Espa a. Froome also won the Crit rium du Dauphin in June.

Other significant changes in the lastest WorldTour ranking include Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) moving up to 10th after placing third in the Vuelta; GP de Montreal winner Greg Van Avermaet10 (BMC) moving to seventh; and rising British rider Simon Yates jumping from 116th to 48th after his stage win and sixth spot overall in the Vuelta.

Peter Sagan Loses WorldTour Lead To Nairo Quintana

Simon Yates wins stage six of the Vuelta a Espa a (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

Quintana s Movistar squad are the highest-ranked team, with Tinkoff in second and Team Sky third. Spain is the top-ranked nation, with Colombia in second and Great Britain third. WorldTour points are awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for counting events. The amount of points awarded depends on the ranking of the event.

For example, winning the Tour de France overall gives a rider twice as many points as winning the Eneco Tour overall.

Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) sealed the overall win11 in the inaugural Women s WorldTour, which was confirmed after t he final race in the calendar on Sunday, the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta.

UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, September 11)

1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 609 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 585 points
3. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 564 points
4. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff 428 points
5. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 396 points
6. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 394 points
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 359 points
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 314 points
9.

Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 280 points
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 251 points
Other
28. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 144 points
35. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 121 points
36. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
48. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 101 points
51. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 92 points
64. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 80 points
81. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 50 points
94.

Steve Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 38 points
170. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar 7 points
211. Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 2 points

Team ranking

1. Movistar 1411 points
2. Tinkoff 1277 points
3. Team Sky 1187 points
4. BMC Racing 1067 points
5. Orica-BikeExchange 809 points

Nation ranking

1. Spain 1415 points
2.

Colombia 1318 points
3. Great Britain 1050 points
4. France 943 points
5.

Australia 908 points

References

  1. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Sagan winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu bec (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ second in the GP de Montr al (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ >>> Peter Sagan takes surprise Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu bec win (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ won the Tour of Flanders (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ GP de Montreal winner Greg Van Avermaet (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) sealed the overall win (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Merida: disc brakes can help prevent crashes, but they still need improvement

Taiwanese company remains committed to discs, but says changes are needed for pro riders

Merida: Disc Brakes Can Help Prevent Crashes, But They Still Need Improvement

Merida, one of two bike manufacturers whose disc brake road bikes were used at Paris-Roubaix1, has spoken out in the wake of the UCI s suspension of the use of disc brakes in professional races2, saying that although it believes in the future of the technology, more work is needed to reduce the potential risks.

>>> Ventoso: disc brakes should NEVER have been allowed in the peloton3

In a press release, the Taiwanese company stated that it believes that there is still a future for disc brake-equipped road bikes, claiming that the added safety aspects (better modulation and braking performance in particular in the wet and when cornering, avoidance of rim heat up on long descents etc.) will help the prevention of crashes , outweighing the risk that rotors could prevent more injuries such as the one that Fran Ventoso suffered on Sunday4.


Watch: what do the pros really think of disc brakes


However, Merida also stressed that it recognises that further improvements need to be made to disc brake technology ( for example rotors with rounded edges ), and siad that it is working together with disc brake manufacturers to bring about said improvements.

>>> Shimano and Campagnolo distance themselves from Ventoso s disc brake injury5

Putting aside the injury that Ventoso sustained at Paris-Roubaix, which the Spaniard alleges was caused by one of Direct Energie s BH disc brake bikes6, Merida says that the overwhelming feedback from Lampre-Merida on the Scultura Disc was overwhelmingly positive, and had it not been for the UCI s suspension of the disc brake trial, then the Italian team would have used the bikes in further races this season.

References

  1. ^ whose disc brake road bikes were used at Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ UCI s suspension of the use of disc brakes in professional races (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Ventoso: disc brakes should NEVER have been allowed in the peloton (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ the one that Fran Ventoso suffered on Sunday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Shimano and Campagnolo distance themselves from Ventoso s disc brake injury (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Direct Energie s BH disc brake bikes (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Peter Sagan is the only pro with “character”, says Chiappucci

Claudio Chiappucci slams today s peloton for not having enough personality

Peter Sagan Is The Only Pro With “character”, Says Chiappucci

Peter Sagan Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Former pro Claudio Chiappucci has criticised today s professional cyclists today for their lack of personality, calling them machines . The Italian, who was known for his eccentric flair and attacking style of racing during his career in the 1990s, said that 2015 world champion Peter Sagan1 is one of the only riders who stands out in the peloton.

If you look at somebody interesting today it s Sagan. Sagan is a good cyclist but on the other hand he s got character, he s got personality, Chiappucci told Cycling Weekly on a recent trip to London.

Peter Sagan Is The Only Pro With “character”, Says Chiappucci

Claudio Chiappucci

All the others are just machines, paperwork, numbers. Sagan, Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde, is the same kind of style. The Italian, who was on his first visit to the British capital, posted pictures of himself on Twitter2 in front of Big Ben and on a bicycle rickshaw in Piccadilly Circus.

Chiappucci garnered the nickname El Diablo (the devil) when he raced, and though he finished runner up in the Tour de France and victory in Milan-San Remo on his palmar s, it s his passion and unpredictable breakaways3 in the mountains he s most remembered for, particularly his Tour stage win in Sestriere. On that day in 1992 he attacked and rode more than 100km across the Alpine mountains alone. However, the 53-year-old believes modern racing has stagnated and this generation of cyclists are too similar.

If you want to create interest in cycling you need to find a rider who will break the mould and do something different, he says.

It s changed radically from my era, the races are very tactical now.

References

  1. ^ world champion Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ on Twitter (twitter.com)
  3. ^ unpredictable breakaways (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)