Posted by Editoress on 09/15/16
Leah Kirchmann (Team Liv-Plantur) finished in second place overall in the 2016 UCI WorldTour ranking after sprinting to eleventh place at the final round at La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta on Sunday.
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"I didn't feel in the best of shape during the first part of the race," said Kirchmann. "However in the finale I felt more comfortable as we prepared the bunch sprint. Unfortunately, I lost the wheel of Sara (Mustonen-Lichen), who did a great job with Riejanne (Markus) in the lead-out."
Winning Drentse Acht van Westerveld
Kirchmann has been one of the most consistent riders throughout the 2016 season, notably winning Drentse Acht van Westerveld, the prologue at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile and making numerous appearances in the top-10 of important races, including Strade Bianche, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Chongming Island World Cup, Aviva Womens Tour, Prudential Ride London Grand Prix and GP de Plouay-Bretagne. Team Liv-Plantur finished seventh in the UCI WorldTour team ranking to cap off a brilliant season.
"It would have been nice to end the season with a better result, but I am still very happy to be in second place overall in the WorldTour. This demonstrates my consistency throughout the season, which has been my biggest strength."
Courtesy Team Liv-Plantur
|Final UCI Women's WorldTour Ranking|
|1 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||946 pts|
|2 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur||624|
|3 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||545|
|4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||541|
|5 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5||523|
|6 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||519|
|7 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Raboliv Womencyclingteam||492|
|8 Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5||463|
|9 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5||450|
|10 Marianne Vos (Ned) Raboliv Womencyclingteam||442|
|11 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Raboliv Womencyclingteam||421|
|12 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon Sram Racing||288|
|13 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata||286|
|14 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||279|
|15 Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5||265|
|16 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini||249|
|17 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana||245|
|18 Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||241|
|19 Carmen Small (USA) Cylance-Incycle P/B Cannondale||240|
|20 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86||234|
|54 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||77|
|97 Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker||25|
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