* To be clear: professional athletes shouldn’t be shamed for trying to continue careers and livelihoods while following the laws and policies of international governments and governing sports bodies like the UCI. Maldegem, Belgium Image 1 of 3Andrew Juiliano - Living that pro POGAČAR Tadej (SLO) UAE TEAM EMIRATES - 3055, 3. For me, that meant turning down five digits worth of sponsorship bucks. All three men’s rankings saw changes to the top placing after the Vuelta Ciclista a España. Of that 165, I will be among the newly rankless. Covid-19 pandemic: keeping track of events on the UCI International Calendar that are postponed or cancelled Yet asking the UCI to reexamine and rewrite one rule that’s less than a week old is hardly exceptional. (AP) — When Kliff Kingsbury began coaching at Texas Tech in 2012, he used to carry a secret…, Through 1 Quarter We’ve got an early Upset Alert brewing as the Eastern Michigan Eagles have gotten out to a…, EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and center Nick Gates toed the company line…, © COPYRIGHT 2020 CC Everybody – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Let’s also discover the other rankings for nations and teams. But like I said, it doesn’t have to be that way. 1. The Dutch woman and the Slovenian man were protagonists throughout the year, both in one-day and stage races. Roglič started with the Slovenian road national championships in June and finished with his I am not a top ranked racer, but my 51 UCI points do get me front row starts outside of Belgium and the World Cups. For the 2016 season the UCI revamped the points system used to rank men's road cycling riders. 1. I don’t blame them. The former UCI World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) from the Netherlands is third with 2226 points thanks to victories in the European Championships road race, Strade Bianche and one stage in the Giro Rosa, amongst others. The new UCI policy amendment, as of November 19, 2020, wipes out all ranking points for the start of the 2021-2022 season, except for the 2021 Cyclo-cross World Championships set to take place in Ostend, Belgium, on January 30-31. The worst case, well that’s when people’s lives are in danger. The official Mountain Bike rankings from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). 1 ROGLIČ Primož (SLO) JUMBO - VISMA - 3382 points, 2 POGAČAR Tadej (SLO) UAE TEAM EMIRATES - 2425, 3 PORTE Richie (AUS) TREK - SEGAFREDO - 1493, 4 CARAPAZ Richard (ECU) INEOS GRENADIERS - 1336.5, 5 KELDERMAN Wilco (NED) TEAM SUNWEB - 1298, 6 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao (GBR) INEOS GRENADIERS - 1292, 7 ALMEIDA João (POR) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1218.33, 8 ULISSI Diego (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES - 1210, 9 EVENEPOEL Remco (BEL) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1193, UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, second successive Vuelta a España victory. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A few racers rolled the dice and flew to Europe. This is the culmination of eight years of cyclo-cross vagabonding, operating out of the backs of rental cars, riding trains to races, chasing World Cups and UCI points across three different continents. Hard blow for Franck…, FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Of the 180 ranked North American racers, only 23 have points from World Championships. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) are the UCI World Individual Rankings winners. So UCI, why not just put those cancelled events on a two-year expiration cycle? Still hold the World Championships in Ostend, and still allow that race to be counted for next year. VAN DER POEL Mathieu (NED) ALPECIN - FENIX - 2040, 5. PORTE Richie (AUS) TREK - SEGAFREDO 35 1733, 8. Third place, with 1502 points goes to UCI World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), from France. He demonstrated However, the recent policy decision by the UCI now makes us weigh a fabricated numerical assessment of cycling worth against the very real dangers of a global pandemic. In Spain, where 85 guys can take to the start line, with more than three quarters of them unranked, that’s a huge difference. I’m damn proud of how hard I’ve worked for those good rides when they happen. Among the many words that come to mind about the UCI’s latest cyclo-cross ranking policy update, ‘relief’ is not one that I would choose for a rule that detrimentally impacts the careers of over a thousand athletes worldwide. Opinion: The UCI cyclo-cross ranking update is a failure, but it doesn’t have to be, Login to add posts to your read later list. The Team UCI World Ranking sees the dominance of Trek-Segafredo ALAPHILIPPE Julian (FRA) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1795.83, 7. Exceptional times call for exceptional measures. That’s not the kind of risky dilemma any official policy should promote.*. It’s just plain bad policy. Anxiety, uncertainty, chaos, frustration, career killing…. 1 VAN AERT Wout (BEL) JUMBO - VISMA - 2265 points, 2 VAN DER POEL Mathieu (NED) ALPECIN - FENIX - 1520, 3 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (FRA) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1502, 5 SENECHAL Florian (FRA) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1105, 6 FUGLSANG Jakob (DEN) ASTANA PRO TEAM - 965, 8 LAMPAERT Yves (BEL) - DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 925, 9 MATTHEWS Michael (AUS) TEAM SUNWEB - 900, 10 COSNEFROY Benoit (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE - 888. Bigger things than the start grid positions that said ranking points determine. It seems that a similar policy would be just as effective for the cyclo-cross, which could fairly preserve both the starting hierarchy, established over decades of racing, while also incentivizing people to stay home. The winner of the 2020 Tour de France , with three stage victories, was the leader of the ranking until the last update but he didn’t take part in the Vuelta Ciclista a España and slipped down a place.