Unbelievable, yet true; already in his second season among the cycling elite, Tadej Pogačar took first place in the world cycling rankings. Of course, all this is due to an amazing season and a big win in the Tour de France. The view of the ranking, where the two Slovenian cyclists reign in the first two places, is amazing.
Every 7 days, the International Cycling Federation publishes a ranking of the best riders according to the points that competitors gain in individual races throughout the season. Tadej took the first place after adding up all the points and winning the biggest Tour de France race and after the Giro d Italia ended and Primož Roglič’s points for last year’s Giro were erased. That Tour de France is the biggest race in the world is also confirmed by the uci points, as Tadej received 1000 points for the victory. On the Giro and Vuelta, the winner receives 850 points. In total, the points of receipt of the first 60 ranked in the total. The stage victory on the Tour is also worth the most points, as the winner receives 120 points (Giro, Vuelta 100 points) and the first 5 in each stage.
UCI’s categorization then continues with 6 stage races (Paris – Nice, Tirreno Adriatico, Tour down Under, Tour de Romandie, Criterium Dauphine and Race Across Switzerland) where the winners receive 500 points, as well as 500 points for the winners of one 9-day race, five of these, monuments (Milan San Remo, Paris Roubaix, Race Across Flanders, Liege Bastogne Liege and Across Lombardy) as well as the Gent Wavelgem races, AMstel Gold Race, GP Quebec and GP Montreal.
Being at the highest level after barely two racing seasons, taking the first place of the UCI rankings is something exceptional just as Tadej. This year, Tadej has 43 competition days, of which he won UCI points in 22 races. As already mentioned, he received the most points for the overall victory at the Tour de Franco 1000 points, 325 points followed by 3rd place in the League of Bastogne Liege, 275 points for 4th place in the Dauphiné Criteria, 250 points, for the overall second place in the UAE tour, and 200 points for winning the stage race around Valencia, if we name just the greatest achievements. Tadej will probably remain at the top of the ranking at least until the end of Vuelta, when his points from last year will be erased , and Primož will, if he repeats last year’s victory, take the first place again. Given that the end of this year’s competition season is right around the corner, both Slovenes will “overwinter” in the first two places, which will again be historic for Slovenian cycling.