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July 4/07 1:21 am - Canada Moves Up in Americas Tour Ranking

Posted by Editor on 07/4/07

UCI Americas Tour Rankings

Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) continues to lead the UCI Americas Tour after a strong second place in the Tour de Beauce last month. Canada has jumped two spots, to fourth in the Nations rankings, boosted by Tuft's continued successes and Martin Gilbert's (Kelly Benefits) Pan Am Championships win. Symmetrics continues to hold onto second in the team rankings, only 11 points behind the Brazilian Scott-Marcondes squad.

Given that we still have our Nationals to do next week (a number of the South American nations have already had their championships), there is a strong opportunity to move into the top-3, or possibly top-2 (a total of 280 UCI points are available for Nationals, but of course it depends which riders get the points). A top two spot would give Canada six spots at the Worlds for the men's road race (third to sixth ranking gives three spots). The cutoff for rankings which determine Worlds spots is August 15th, and there aren't too many UCI races in the Americas between now and then (Tour of Colombia and Tour of Guadeloupe). The CCA and USA Cycling are trying to get a number of South American races 'de-certified' also, because they did not adhere to the regulations for invitations to squads from other nations (there are some blatant examples of South Americans manipulating the system to score maximum points for themselves...).

The USA is in a more precarious position, in seventh place in Continental rankings, and not in the top-10 in the ProTour rankings. Their Nationals isn't until September, so they can't count on points there. Potentially, they could drop from nine starters in the men's road race to as few as three. At this point, it will take a strong GC result in the Tour by an American to move them up significantly.

Where it gets more interesting is for the Beijing Olympic selection. The cutoff here is the end of September. If Canada can maintain top-3 in the Americas Tour rankings, then we get three spots for the men's road race (the highest is five for a top-10 ProTour ranked nation). A ranking between 4th and 6th would give us two spots. A single time trial spot would also come from a top-4 Americas Tour ranking (another spot would be available if we got a top-15 result at the Worlds in the TT).

Rankings as of July 4, 2007

RankPrev. RankNamePoints
11Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics217.66
211Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg)186
32Hernan Buenahora Gutierrez (Col)160.66
49Manuel Eduardo Medina Marino (Ven)158.66
516Nilceu Dos Santos (Bra)152.66
63Anthony Brea (Ven)117.66
772Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators112
84Magno Prado Nazaret * (Bra)111.66
95Henry Mendez Raabe (CRc)105
95Pedro Pablo Perez Marquez (Cub)105
11-Martin Gilbert (Can) Kelly Benefits100
127Matias Medici (Arg)96.66
1326Rafael Andriato * (Bra)96
148Juan Carlos Rojas Villegas (CRc)93
1520Juan Francisco Cabrera (Chi)91.66
1621Renato Seabra (Bra)89
179Jorge Giacinti (Arg)88.66
1812Andrei Sartassov (Rus)85.66
1913Gerardo Fernandez (Arg)82
20126Roberto Pinheiro Silva (Bra)81
3526Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Slipstream56
38-Dominique Rollin (Can) Kodak Gallery53
3932Christian Meier * (Can) Symmetrics51.66
4182Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics50.66
42221Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream49
59-Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net-Maxxis40
6749Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics39.66
70221Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita39
7353Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics35.66
87-Mark Walters (Can) Kodak Gallery28
8968Zachary Bell (Can) Symmetrics26.66
9472Scott Nydam (USA) BMC24
10283Jeffry Louder (USA) Health Net-Maxxis20
11393Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net-Maxxis19
117159Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly18
128-Kayle Leo Grande (USA)16
128-Kyle Wamsley (USA) Navigators16
146120Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics14.66
147121Jason Donald (USA) Slipstream14
147121Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net-Maxxis14
153200Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics13
167141Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita11
173145Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net-Maxxis10
189159Lucas Euser (USA) Slipstream9
194-Aidan Charles (USA)8
194165Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Priority Health8
194-Ian Macgregor (USA) Slipstream8
219-Francois Parisien (Can) Slipstream7
219-David Veilleux * (Can) Jittery Joe's7
219182Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita7
243200Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net-Maxxis5
273-Dominique Perras (Can) Kelly Benefits3
273-Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's3
273-Henriksen Todd (USA) AEG3
286237Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics2.66
290242Bradley Fairall * (Can)2
290-Keven Lacombe * (Can) VW-Trek2
290-Jesse Anthony * (USA) Kodak Gallery2
290242John Devine * (USA)2

Nations Ranking

1 Argentina 938.64 points
2 Colombia 894.28
3 Brazil 829.98
4 Canada 706.96
5 Venezuela 628.98

7 USA 372.66


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