UCI WorldTour 2014: comprehensive rankings round-up

Alejandro Valverde claims world number one spot

As previously mentioned, eight British riders scored WorldTour points with Chris Froome, who amassed 326, leading the way.

A strong showing in the Classics – third at E3-Harelbeke and in the top ten at the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix – sandwiched by good performances at the Tour Down Under and Eneco Tour – means Geraint Thomas is the second-highest placed.

Chris Froome was the top-ranked Brit for the second consecutive year despite an injury hit campaign (pic: Sirotti)

In a year which also included Bayern-Rundfahrt success and Commonwealth Games road race gold, Thomas could even have scored more than his 168 points had he not crashed out of Paris-Nice while well-placed overall.

Injuries have been a recurring theme for the Brits this season, however, with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), of course, another to suffer.

Crashing out on his only day of Grand Tour racing this year, stage one of the Tour de France, means the Manxman was unable to pass 100 points.

Whether the rankings truly reflect the British season, however, is open to debate.

Froome, Thomas, Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE), Steve Cummings (BMC Racing) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) all won stage races away from the WorldTour.

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, meanwhile, and Mark Cavendish stormed to multiple stage wins.

Geraint Thomas enjoyed a strong Classics season and the Commonwealth Games champion would have finished even higher up the rankings were it not for crashing out of Paris-Nice, pictured (pic: Sirotti)

The emergence of Yates and twin brother Simon, who will be joined at Orica-GreenEDGE by another man to win on the UCI Europe Tour, RideLondon victor Adam Blythe, next year is a huge positive.

Ben Swift’s third at Milan-San Remo, Thomas and Wiggins’ showing at Paris-Roubaix and Stannard’s cobbled triumph – despite a season ravaged by injury – also point to more success to come.

UCI WorldTour 2014: British riders

1) Chris Froome – Team Sky – 326
2) Geraint Thomas – Team Sky – 168
3) Mark Cavendish – Omega Pharma-Quickstep – 92
4) Ben Swift – Team Sky – 91
5) Adam Yates – Orica-GreenEDGE – 44
6) Sir Bradley Wiggins – Team Sky – 12
7) Andrew Fenn – Omega Pharma-Quickstep – 2
8) Steve Cummings – BMC Racing – 2

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