VAN DIJK Ellen (NED) TREK - SEGAFREDO - 1123.33. ULISSI Diego (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES - 1671, 9. Roglič won with 3382 points from Pogačar and Australian Richie Porte (Trek–Segafredo) in a reshuffled Tour de France 2020 podium. No, ‘relief’ is not how the majority of racers feel, especially the 1,025 whose results are hosed by the pandemic and subsequent UCI policy. Belgium has been locked down during the latest surge in European COVID-19 cases, though cyclo-cross races still take place thanks to a government decree. VAN DER POEL Mathieu (NED) ALPECIN - FENIX - 2040, 5. second successive Vuelta a España victory in November to confirm the leadership of the Individual Ranking for the second consecutive year. It hurts women, men, veteran racers and developing riders alike. A few racers rolled the dice and flew to Europe. LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup (DEN) FDJ NOUVELLE - AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE - 1287, 10. The worst case, well that’s when people’s lives are in danger. Of the 1,025 riders wiped from the rankings, around 165 of them, by optimistic estimates, will be North American (USA Cycling is not taking an official under-23 program this year, nor have they come close to filling their Worlds allotments in years past). Andrew Juiliano is an award-winning journalist and professional cyclo-cross racer for Lazer-Voler Pro Cycling. The official road cycling rankings from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Bad policy puts our worlds at risk. He demonstrated In the Men’s Team UCI World Ranking, Jumbo-Visma jumped to the top with 9919 points, overtaking Deceuninck – Quick-Step with 9776.16, preventing them from being the UCI WorldTour Best Team for the third year in a row, and UAE Team Emirates in third with 8503. POGAČAR Tadej (SLO) UAE TEAM EMIRATES - 3055, 3. Yet my decision was made long before November 19, two and a half months into an ever shrinking season, long before the UCI finally released their updated ranking points policy. ALAPHILIPPE Julian (FRA) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP - 1795.83, 7. Of that 165, I will be among the newly rankless. But it doesn’t have to be…. Hard blow for Franck…, FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Once those points disappear, we’ll be at the mercy of ‘drawing lots,’ the way unranked riders are gridded at UCI races. Bigger things than the start grid positions that said ranking points determine. I’m damn proud of how hard I’ve worked for those good rides when they happen. 1. with 6931.98 points, in front of the Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam on 5385 and Mitchelton-Scott with 4775. See, it’s that simple. Van der Breggen won the Dutch national road championships and the individual time trial (ITT) European Continental Championships in August, the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile and both the ITT and road race at the UCI Road World Championships followed by La Flèche Wallonne Féminine in September. The Belgium government is still allowing professional racing during the country’s lockdown and the UCI is still holding events in countries currently locked down, like the upcoming World Cups in the Czech Republic, Belgium and The Netherlands. There are 1,024 other stories like this that the UCI simply erased with their recent policy. A freeze on points that most of us are unable to defend due to a world turned upside down. Among the many words that come to mind about the UCI’s latest cyclo-cross ranking policy update, ‘relief’ is not one that I would choose for a rule that detrimentally impacts the careers of over a thousand athletes worldwide. It seems that a similar policy would be just as effective for the cyclo-cross, which could fairly preserve both the starting hierarchy, established over decades of racing, while also incentivizing people to stay home. These are the very real-world effects of poorly thought-out policies, delivered halfway through a dying season. Sure, there are COVID-19 testing requirements to get into those Flemish races, but what about the hotels we stay in? Find here all the Mountain Bike rankings from all events in the world. Exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It’s tough being forced into a career-altering decision, especially in the absence of any official guidance other than the constant news of cancellations. The stores we buy groceries? Maldegem, Belgium Image 1 of 3Andrew Juiliano - Living that pro Rankings now will reshuffle based on risk tolerance and randomisation, not cycling talent or grit. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (ITA) TREK - SEGAFREDO - 2532.33, 3. Yet now this is the best case scenario – disappointed and rankless racers wondering what the future holds. Those who want to race still can. BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM (DLT) - 5385.35, 7. 2 DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP (DQT) - 9776.16. This is the ranking of the most successful professional cyclists in the world in 2020.