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The world’s leading cycling quartet: Pogačar, Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Roglič



Fierce battle for top spot between teams: UAE Emirates just 500 points ahead of Jumbo Visa

For the 104th week in a row, Tadej Pogačar is at the top of the International Cycling Union rankings, where he will end the season for the third time in a row. Primož Roglič advanced to fourth place with an overall third place and two stage victories at the Vuelta.

Primož Roglič concluded the 2019 and 2020 seasons as the number one cyclist in the world and became the first to stay on the throne for more than a year after the 2016 UCI-ranking reform. It will be now Tadej Pogačar improved his compatriot’s achievement, as he cannot lose first place at the end of the season, even if he defends last year’s victory at the Lombardi monument.

Vingegaard has already finished the season

He climbed to second place in the UCI ranking with a gap of more than a thousand points Jonas Vingegaard, who, after the overall second place at the Race to Spain, confirmed to the local Danish media that his 2023 season had also come to an end. The winner of the Tour de France collected as many as 16 victories this year and spent all 68 racing days in stage races.

Evenepol against Slovenians in Lombardy

He slipped to third place after unsuccessfully defending the red shirt in Spain Remco Evenepoel, who will challenge both Slovenians in Lombardy in the fight for the last monument of the season. Roglič gained five places at La Vuelta 23 and made his way just behind the leading three. With a successful finish in the Race of Emilia and Lombardy, he could also overtake Evenepoel.

EP weekend in the Netherlands

Slovenians are among the best cyclists in the world Matej Mohorič, who slipped to 17th place, and in a week he will have to defend his victory at the Race around Croatia. At the end of the week, the eight Slovenians, whose points are added up for the national team ranking, are expected to Luka Mezgec and Matevž Govekar added new points at the European Championship in Drenthe, Netherlands. The Slovenian selector Uroš Murn has registered the following six players for the EP 2023 alongside the two world series riders: Tilen Finkšt, Aljaž Jarc, Jaka Primožič, Anže Skok, Kristijan Koren and Mihael Štajnar. Slovenes will not be at the start in the time trial.

With the podiums at all three Grand Tours and the conquered Flanders, Slovenia is firmly in third place in the national team ranking, which means that coach Murn will be able to take four cyclists to the road race to the Olympic Games in Paris.

Jumbo Visma has set itself the goal of finishing the season as the first team in the UCI ranking, which can prevent them from UAE Emirates, which has already won two of the Italian autumn classics.  Photo: AP

The Dutch are only 500 points behind the Emirates

In the autumn one-day races in Italy, the highlight of which is Lombardy, there will be a big focus on the duel between two superteams for number one in the UCI-ranking. Complete supremacy and a triple win on aggregate helped Jumbo Visma close to just under 500 points behind the still visible UAE Emirates line-up.

If there is such a small difference even after October 7, when the monument of fallen leaves will be driven away, the prestigious victory between the Dutch and the Emirates will be decided by the Chinese stage race After Guanshi, which was last held before the corona pandemic in 2019.

Source: Rtvslo

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