The same five name occupy the top of the elite men and elite women UCI 2012/2013 cyclo-cross ranking released today, though with a slight re-shuffle but not change on top of the leaderboard. Belgian Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) remains on top with 2,303 points while World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Women Cycling) still leads the elite women's ranking.
World Cup leader Pauwels has a 233-point lead on Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL). World Champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) moved up one spot to third with his win at Plzen with Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is now in fourth, and should continue to slip down the ranking with his decision to race a very shortened cross season. Tom Meeusen (Telenet – Fidea) is a close fifth.
Highest-placed American on the ranking remains US Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in tenth place.
Belgian Wietse Bosmans, in 19th place is the highest-ranked under-23 rider, with a lead of 154 points on Mike Teunissen of the Netherlands and 272 points on American Zach McDonald.
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Though she has not started her cross season yet, Vos' lead remains constant. US Champion, Plzen winner and World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) moved up to second spot with a deficit of 180 points. Retired Daphny van den Brand dropped down to third place and should continue to move down during the season. No changes for the next two spots, British Champion Helen Wyman (Kona) remains in fourth and Belgian Champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP) in fifth place.
With his two World Cup this year so far, junior men World Champion Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands has a strong hold on top of the rankings. Belgian Quinten Hermans remains in second while his countryman Nicolas Cleppe moved up from fifth to third place. American Logan Owen jumped up three spots, to take over fifth place with 25 points.
In the nation rankings, Belgian leads the elite men with 6,189 points followed by the Czech Republic with 2,880 points and the Netherlands with 2,535 points. Belgium also leads the under-23 men nation ranking with 1,169 points. The Netherlands are a close second with 1,016 points while France is third with 6,21 points. For the elite women ranking, the Netherlands is on top with 5,260 points, Great Britain is second with 3,546 points and the United States, third, with 3,269 points. Finally, the Netherlands lead the junior men with 117 points followed by Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Top 15 Elite Men on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 30 October 2012
1 (1) Kevin Pauwels (Belgium ) 2303 points
2 (2) Sven Nys (Belgium ) 2070 points
3 (4) Niels Albert (Belgium ) 1816 points
4 (3) Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic ) 1590 points
5 (5) Tom Meeusen (Belgium ) 1505 points
6 (6) Klaas Vantornout (Belgium ) 1438 points
7 (7) Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands ) 1310 points
8 (9) Bart Aernouts (Belgium ) 1199 points
9 (8) Francis Mourey (France ) 1185 points
10 (10) Jeremy Powers (United States ) 1023 points
11 (11) Radomir Simunek (Czech Republic ) 966 points
12 (12) Rob Peeters (Belgium ) 927 points
13 (14) Ryan Trebon (United States ) 755 points
14 (15) Simon Zahner (Switzerland ) 727 points
15 (18) Bart Wellens (Belgium ) 716 points
Top 15 Elite Women on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 30 October 2012
1 (1) Marianne Vos (Netherlands ) 26 points
2 (3) Katherine Compton (United States ) 35 points
3 (2) Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands ) 35 points
4 (4) Helen Wyman (Great Britain ) 32 points
5 (5) Sanne Cant (Belgium ) 23 points
6 (7) Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands ) 25 points
7 (6) Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France ) 30 points
8 (8) Nikki Harris (Great Britain ) 27 points
9 (10) Sophie De Boer (Netherlands ) 23 points
10 (12) Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland ) 24 points
11 (9) Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic ) 30 points
12 (13) Kaitlin Antonneau (United States ) 21 points
13 (16) Gabriella Day (Great Britain ) 29 points
14 (15) Caroline Mani (France ) 26 points
15 (11) Katerina Nash (Czech Republic ) 36 points
Top 5 Junior Men on 2012/2013 UCI Ranking published 30 October 2012
1 (1) Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands ) 90 points
2 (2) Quinten Hermans (Belgium ) 58 points
3 (5) Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium ) 28 points
4 (4) Martijn Budding (Netherlands ) 27 points
5 (8) Logan Owen (United States ) 25 points
Complete rankings available here.