All eyes are on the UCI Standings with only 36 days left until the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, KY on February 2 and 3. Not only will the standings determine the position on the start grid in Louisville, but for many racers, their standings will determine if they actually are selected to represent their countries at the historic event.
American champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) increased her lead at the top of the standings with 2,400 points. European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) remains in second place, at 526 points down. World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) is in third, Nikki Harris (Young Telenet Fidea) in fourth and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP) in fifth place.
Following his second place finish at the World Cup Zolder, world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) takes over the lead in the UCI Cyclo-cross Rankings for the first time this season. He holds a 26-point lead on Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony). Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) dropped down to third place with Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Revor) holding to fourth. The only non-Belgian is the top eight is Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) of the Netherlands in fifth place American champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) moved up one spot to 10th place.
The UCI rankings are calculated on a rolling 12-month calendar (except for juniors) and published 12 times during the season. Read more on how the UCI rankings are calculated.
Highest under23 rider in the standings remains Belgian Wietse Bosmans in 16th followed by Mike Teunissen, of the Netherlands, in 29th place. American under23 champion Zach McDonald is in 38th place.
Undefeated Mathieu van den Poel of the Netherlands has a solid lead in the junior rankings which does not follow a 12-month rolling calendar. American junior champion Logan Owen jumped up to second spot following his second place at World Cup Zolder. Belgian Quinten Hermans in now in third place, Martijn Budding of the Netherlands in fourth and Belgian Nicolas Cleppe in fifth. Curtis White is in seventh place, putting two Americans in the top 10.
Unsurprisingly, Belgium has a huge lead in the elite men's nation rankings with 6,385 points followed the Netherlands with 2,669 points, the Czech Republic with 2,535 and the United States with 2,491 points. Belgium also leads the under-23 men nation ranking with 1,423 points. For the elite women ranking, the Netherlands is on top with 4,430 points, Great Britain is second with 4,374 points and the United States, third, with 3,539 points. Lastly, the Netherlands lead the junior men with 296 points followed by Belgium and the United States.
Complete rankings available here.
Top 15 Elite Men on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 28 December 2012
1 (2) Niels Albert (Belgium) 2176 points
2 (3) Sven Nys (Belgium) 2150 points
3 (1) Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) 2059 points
4 (4) Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) 1440 points
5 (5) Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) 1369 points
6 (7) Rob Peeters (Belgium) 1241 points
7 (6) Tom Meeusen (Belgium) 1229 points
8 (8) Bart Aernouts (Belgium) 1142 points
9 (9) Francis Mourey (France) 1127 points
10 (11) Jeremy Powers (United States) 1087 points
11 (10) Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) 1080 points
12 (12) Radomir Simunek (Czech Republic) 1078 points
13 (13) Simon Zahner (Switzerland) 805 points
14 (14) Thijs Van Amerongen (Netherlands) 780 points
15 (15) Ryan Trebon (United States) 775 points
Top 15 Elite Women on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 28 December 2012
1 (1) Katherine Compton (United States) 35 points
2 (2) Helen Wyman (Great Britain) 32 points
3 (3) Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 26 points
4 (4) Nikki Harris (Great Britain) 27 points
5 (6) Sanne Cant (Belgium) 23 points
6 (5) Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands) 25 points
7 (7) Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) 35 points
8 (8) Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland) 24 points
9 (9) Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) 30 points
10 (11) Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 36 points
11 (10) Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) 30 points
12 (12) Gabriella Day (Great Britain) 29 points
13 (13) Sophie De Boer (Netherlands) 23 points
14 (15) Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) 34 points
15 (14) Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands) 35 points
Top 10 Junior on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 28 December 2012
1 (1) Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) 210 points
2 (3) Logan Owen (United States) 105 points
3 (2) Quinten Hermans (Belgium) 98 points
4 (4) Martijn Budding (Netherlands) 79 points
5 (5) Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) 57 points
6 (6) Clement Russo (France) 54 points
7 (7) Curtis White (United States) 39 points
8 (8) Yannick Peeters (Belgium) 35 points
9 (9) Gioele Bertolini (Italy) 30 points
10 (10) Karel Pokorny (Czech Republic) 29 points