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by Neal Rogers
March 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: FDJ’s Davide Cimolai wins opening stage at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya; ASO and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya strike five-year partnership; Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) takes overall win at Tucson Bicycle Classic; Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) tops UCI Rankings; An interview with Marcel Kittel: Getting back to his best, Cavendish rivalry, and the Tour de France; BBC State of Sport investigation: Drug use at every level of sport is ‘fast becoming a crisis’; Tweet: When Peter Sagan’s attack at Milan-San Remo resembles nature.
Wiggle High5 rider Elisa Longo Borghini is the world’s top-ranked female cyclist, as confirmed by the latest UCI rankings today. The Italian time-trial champion also leads the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour, however the UCI ranking totals up all UCI results of all cyclists over the previous 12 months.
A top-10 result in Sunday’s World Tour event, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, gained Longo Borghini the required points to overtake 2016 WorldTour series winner Megan Guarnier and become the new world number-one ranking.
The Italian’s WorldTour lead comes thanks to her victory in Strade Bianche, fourth place in the Ronde van Drenthe, and Sunday’s seventh-place finish. Her world number-one ranking includes victory in last year’s Giro delle Emilia, an Olympic Bronze Medal, second place in the Philadelphia Classic, and fifth places in la Flèche Wallonne, the Tour of Flanders, and the Olympic time trial.