Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) lead the UCI Standings going into the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships which will be held February 2-3 in Louisville, Ky. The UCI standings are of prime importance, not only did they determine the quota of riders that a country could start in the elite men's race but they also set the start position for the races (in addition to World Cup points for some categories).
Calculated on a rolling 12-month calendar (except for junior men), the UCI rankings are published 12 times during the season. Read more on how the UCI rankings are calculated.
American Champion Compton has a very solid lead of 506 points on European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona) in the elite women's standings. Reigning World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank/Liv-Giant) is in third while Belgian Champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP) moved up to fourth place.
No major changes at the top of the leaderboard of the elite men's standings with seven Belgians in the 10. Reigning World Champion Albert remains on top with 163-points lead on Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony)is third, and Belgian Champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), fourth. Dutch Champion Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) breaks up the Belgian stranglehold in fifth place followed by French Champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) in sixth.
Highest American in the standings is Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in 11th place with Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com) in 20th.
Undefeated this season, reigning World Champion Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands continues to increase his lead in the men junior standings. American Champion Logan Owen is in second followed by Martijn Budding, of the Netherlands in third. American Curtis White remains in ninth place.
Unsurprisingly, Belgium has a huge lead in the elite men's nation rankings with 6,757 points followed the Netherlands with 2,977 points. The Czech Republic is third with Switzerland jumping up two spots to fourth place followed by the United States. The top 5 nations remain the same in the elite women rankings, Netherlands is on top followed by Great Britain, United States, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The Netherlands lead the junior men with 450 points followed by Belgium and the United States.
Complete rankings available here.
Top 15 Elite Men on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published January 22, 2013
1 (1) Niels Albert (Belgium) 2380 points
2 (2) Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) 2217 points
3 (3) Sven Nys (Belgium) 2160 points
4 (4) Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) 1575 points
5 (5) Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) 1544 points
6 (7) Francis Mourey (France) 1247 points
7 (9) Tom Meeusen (Belgium) 1227 points
8 (8) Bart Aernouts (Belgium) 1204 points
9 (6) Rob Peeters (Belgium) 1186 points
10 (11) Radomir Simunek (Czech Republic) 1092 points
11 (12) Jeremy Powers (United States) 955 points
12 (10) Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) 910 points
13 (13) Simon Zahner (Switzerland) 909 points
14 (14) Thijs Van Amerongen (Netherlands) 846 points
15 (18) Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) 816 points
Top 15 Elite Women on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published January 22, 2013
1 (1) Katherine Compton (United States) 2420 points
2 (2) Helen Wyman (Great Britain) 1914 points
3 (3) Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 1905 points
4 (5) Sanne Cant (Belgium) 1793 points
5 (4) Nikki Harris (Great Britain) 1766 points
6 (6) Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands) 1750 points
7 (7) Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 1320 points
8 (9) Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland) 1280 points
9 (8) Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) 1206 points
10 (11) Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) 1101 points
11 (10) Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) 960 points
12 (14) Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) 864 points
13 (12) Gabriella Day (Great Britain) 834 points
14 (15) Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) 797 points
15 (13) Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands) 746 points
Top 10 Junior Men on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published January 22, 2013
1 (1) Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) 300 points
2 (2) Logan Owen (United States) 153 points
3 (4) Martijn Budding (Netherlands) 134 points
4 (3) Quinten Hermans (Belgium) 124 points
5 (5) Clement Russo (France) 104 points
6 (6) Gioele Bertolini (Italy) 95 points
7 (8) Yannick Peeters (Belgium) 85 points
8 (7) Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) 84 points
9 (9) Curtis White (United States) 59 points
10 (12) Dominic Grab (Switzerland) 52 points