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

Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 280 points
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 251 points
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

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

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

Australia 908 points


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8 places to escape to this weekend for under £200

Looking to spend the bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend as far away from home as possible? Then you re in luck; here are eight destinations you can escape to for under 200.

1. Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is just a 4.5-hour blast up the scenic East Coast Mainline, with return tickets from London starting at 135. Once you re there, soak in the city s medieval history, scale Arthur s Seat, see an exhibition or two and rehydrate in the city s excellent pubs.

8 Places To Escape To This Weekend For Under £200 Edinburgh is just a 4.5 hour blast up the East Coast Mainline from London Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

2. Inverness

If Edinburgh isn t quite far enough, you could head further north to the Highlands. It s a bit of a schlep alright the London to Inverness service (return tickets from 162) takes eight hours but passengers are rewarded with exquisite scenery en route. When you eventually get there, in Inverness you ll find a handsome Highland city with fine restaurants, cosy pubs and monster-spotting excursions to nearby Loch Ness.

Great British rail journeys: 10 of the best1

3. Zurich

Head to Zurich this weekend to celebrate the centenary of Dadaism, a cultural movement that changed art forever2 and began in the city s narrow, cobbled streets in 1916. There are plenty of events3 from walking tours to art exhibitions going on to mark the occasion. Vueling can get you there and back (from Luton Airport) from 198.

8 Places To Escape To This Weekend For Under £200 Celebrate the centenary of Dadaism in Zurich this weekend Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

4. Paris

Return tickets to Paris on the Eurostar this weekend start from 199, though you ll have to set the alarm pretty early. Admittedly the pound is down against the euro, but Paris has scarcely been so affordable, with hotels slashing prices4 in a bid to tempt tourists back after the recent terrorist attacks. Despite the headlines, the city is safe and very much open for business.

Best hotels in Paris5

5. Bruges

Arguably the best preserved medieval city in Europe, Bruges s cobbled streets, quaint canals and timeworn bars are just a few hours away from London thanks to Eurostar, which has return tickets to any Belgian station for 199.

8 Places To Escape To This Weekend For Under £200 Eurostar is offering return tickets to any Belgian city for 199 Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

6. Jersey

Enjoy the dying embers of summer in Jersey, which boasts gorgeous beaches, fine restaurants, terrific coastal walks and some fascinating historical sites where the ghosts of Nazi occupation still lingers6. British Airways will get you there and back from 173. Alternatively, take Condor s fast ferry from Poole (return 130).

Britain’s best islands7

7. Hannover

The historic links between Hannover and Britain run deep: from 1714 until 1837 the king of Hannover was also the British monarch. Forge fresh links by visiting the German city this weekend, taking time to explore its pretty old town, baroque gardens and bountiful bars. British Airways has return flights from 172.

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8. The Hague

Stena Line can ferry you and your bicycle between Harwich, Essex and The Hague this weekend for just 78 return. According to Telegraph Travel s destination expert, Claire Wrathall, the city is staking a claim as Holland s cultural capital8. Upon arrival, visitors can sizzle on The Hague s sandy beach, admire its stately architecture, kick back in leafy parks and flutter between world-class cultural attractions such as the Mauritshuis gallery.

8 Places To Escape To This Weekend For Under £200 The Netherlands’ third city is giving Amsterdam a run for its money Credit: AP/FOTOLIA


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Paris hotel occupancy rates halve as tourists abandon France in wake of terrorist attacks

Foreign tourists are shunning France in the wake of terrorist attacks amid concerns over security, with hotel occupancy rates in the capital halved compared to last year.

The industry, crucial to the French economy, has slumped since 130 people were killed in Paris in November. Visitor numbers have dwindled further since the massacre of 85 people in Nice last month. In response, the government has launched a plan to promote France as a a safe destination among tour operators and travel journalists

Patrols of tourist sites and beaches by armed soldiers and police have failed to reassure travellers and many foreigners are avoiding Disneyland Paris.

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