July 25, 2005
Di Luca still heads ProTour rankings
Lance Armstrong, who would generally take over the World Cup lead with a strong Tour showing, moves only into 2nd in the new ProTour's post-Tour rankings, trailing Danilo DiLuca by 45 points. Alexandre Vinokourov will move up when Armstrong is removed from the listings: He's third, just 3 points behind Armstrong.
1) Danilo Di Luca, Liquigas, 184 pts
2) Lance Armstrong, Discovery Channel, 139 pts
3) Alexandre Vinokourov, T-Mobile, 136 pts
4) Tom Boonen, Quick Step, 120 pts
5) Alessandro Petacchi, Fassa Bortolo, 111 pts
6) Jan Ullrich, T-Mobile, 98 pts
7) Santiago Botero, Phonak, 95 pts
8) Oscar Freire, Rabobank, 94 pts
9) Paolo Savoldelli, Discovery Channel, 92 pts
10) George Hincapie, Discovery Channel, 89 pts
Other Americans in the Top 20 are Levi Leipheimer, 15th at 80 points, and Bobby Julich, 16th at 79.
Posted by Frank Steele on July 25, 2005 in Alessandro Petacchi, Alexandre Vinokourov, Bobby Julich, Danilo Di Luca, George Hincapie, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Oscar Freire, Paolo Savoldelli, Santiago Botero | Permalink
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With the old World Cup how Lance did in the Tour would not affect it at all as that was only with the one-day classics. The ProTour by including the stage races resembles the old Super Prestige competition. Even the UCI rankings, which are also no more, would probably not have ranked Lance #1 due to his lack of wins this year. Lance was ranked #1 in the UCI standings at only a few times in his career.
Posted by: Tim at Jul 28, 2005 2:25:45 PM
You're righter than you imagined: I was thinking of the UCI ratings, not the World Cup.
Armstrong in fact was ranked #1 only once in those standings: cycling4all.com has a list of every #1 ever. Armstrong was king of that hill for 13 weeks, starting 7/1/2001.
Armstrong also finished 2nd overall in 2002 in the UCI points standings.
I should have just said his rankings have always peaked at the end of July, as they are this year.
Posted by: Frank at Jul 28, 2005 3:06:02 PM