Following a thrilling denouement to Paris-Nice, the opening European stage race of the WorldTour, a number of riders managed to break into the top 10 of the UCI individual rankings. Unsurprisingly, it was Movistar rider Marc Soler who was the biggest winner having claimed the first maillot jaune, leader's yellow jersey, of his career following a final-day charge which saw him take third spot on stage eight to propel himself to the top of the general classification. The Spaniard, though, was far from the only winner at 'the race to the sun'. But who else shone on the roads to the Côte d'Azur and moved up the rankings, what does the top 10 now look like, who was the biggest climber and who is the best-placed British rider? UCI WorldTour individual rankings: Top 10 10. Ion Izagirre (Spa)Bahrain-Merida: 365ptsMovement in rankings: Up 31 places A highly creditable fourth-placed finish at Paris-Nice saw the Spaniard add 275 UCI points to tally he … [Read more...] about UCI WorldTour rankings 2018: Who is leading the way after Paris-Nice?
Cadel evans great ocean road race
With just one WorldTour race having been completed last week – the beautifully evocative Strade Bianche – there has not been too much movement at the higher end of the UCI individual rankings, though one imagines this will all change in the next week with both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico taking place. Tiesj Benoot's triumph on the white roads of Tuscany saw the 23-year-old Lotto-Soudal rider scoop up 300 points to propel him into the top 10 in the overall rankings. But who else moved up the rankings and what does the top 10 now look like and who was the biggest climber? UCI WorldTour individual rankings: Top 10 10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel)Lotto-Soudal: 301ptsMovement in rankings: Up 152 places After going into the week with a solitary point courtesy of his 59th placing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Benoot rocketed into the top 10 following a heroic ride at Strade Bianche. The young Belgian played his cards perfectly … [Read more...] about UCI WorldTour rankings 2018: Who is leading the way after Strade Bianche?
Road January Santos Tour Down Under (Australia).28: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia). February Abu Dhabi Tour (UAE).24: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium). MarchStrade Bianche (men and women, Italy).4-12: Paris-Nice.11: Ronde van Drenthe (Women's WorldTour, Holland).7-13: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy).17: Milano-Sanremo (Italy).18: Trofeo Alfredo Binda (Women's WorldTour, Italy).19-25: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain).22: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Women's WorldTour, Belgium).23: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium).25: Ghent-Wevelgem (men and women, Belgium).28: Dwars door Vlaanderen (Belgium).30: National Time Trial Series first round (Longnor, Staffs). AprilTour of Flanders (men and women, Belgium).2-7: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain).8: Paris-Roubaix, National Time Trial Series second round (Boldre, Hants).15: Amstel Gold Race (men and women, Holland), National Men’s Road Series (Chorley GP, Lancs), National Time Trial Series third … [Read more...] about Cycling calendar for 2018: Key dates for the main events on road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain and BMX bikes
Following the brief respite in WorldTour hostilities, the season is very much back on course following last week's Abu Dhabi Tour and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad races. While races in the Middle East may attract the big household names, races like Omloop Het Nieuwsblad remain for many the opening weekend 'proper' of the road cycling season. Indeed, no races in cycling-mad Belgium are allowed to take place until after the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne double-header. Although still early in the season, the International Cycling Union (UCI) individual and team rankings are now starting to take shape. Throughout the season Telegraph Sport will chart the top 10, look at the week's highest climber and identify Britain's most valuable rider. UCI WorldTour individual rankings: Top 10 10. Wilco Kelderman (Hol)Sunweb: 250 pointsMovement in rankings: New entry Kelderman may have raced just once this season, but a second place on general classification at the … [Read more...] about UCI WorldTour rankings 2018: Who is leading the way after the Abu Dhabi Tour and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad?
AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL unless stated) JAN 1 Regular season ends. 7-8 Play-offs begin, wild card round. 9 US College Play-off National Ch’ship (Tampa, Florida). 14-15 Divisional play-offs. 22 AFC & NFC Ch’ship games. 29 Pro Bowl (Orlando, Florida). FEB 5 Super Bowl LI (Houston, Texas). APRIL 27-29 Draft (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). JUNE 10/11 (tbc) Big6 EuroBowl XXXI (tbc); EFL Bowl IV (tbc). SEPT 7 2017-18 season starts. 24 or OCT 1 Jacksonville v Baltimore (Wembley), Miami v New Orleans (Wembley). OCT 22 or 29 Cleveland v Minnesota (Twickenham), Los Angeles v Arizona (Twickenham). AQUATICS DIVING FEB 3-5 British National Cup (Plymouth). 24-26 Grand Prix (Rostock, Germany). MARCH 3-5 World Series (Beijing). 23-25 World Series (Dubai). 31-APRIL 2 World Series (Windsor, Canada). APRIL 6-9 Grand Prix (Gatineau, Canada). 9-12 British Elite Junior Ch’ships (Plymouth). 21-23 World Series (Kazan, Russia). MAY 4-7 Grand Prix (San Juan, Puerto … [Read more...] about 2017 Sporting Calendar: key dates and event planner