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UCI WorldTour: Froome takes the lead with Tour de France victory




The Kenyan-born Briton, who developed as a rider at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, won the Tour de France after a dominant performance throughout the three-week Grand Tour. He won three stages and held the race leader's yellow jersey for 13 days.

Froome scored 200 UCI WorldTour points for his overall victory. He also scored others points for his stage victories and placings and so leads the individual ranking with a total of 587 points.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won a stage and the green points jersey, confirming his consistency in professional cycling. He remains second in the individual ranking with 409 points. Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez, the winner of the 2012 UCI individual WorldTour rankings, finished third overall in the Tour de France after a strong and aggressive performance in the final week. He now has total of 390 points and is third in the ranking.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished second overall at the Tour de France, the best ever performance by a Colombian rider. He also won the polka-dot climber's jersey and the best young rider's white jersey. Quintana is fourth in the UCI WorldTour ranking with 366 points.

Previous ranking leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) slipped to fifth with 351 points. He did not ride the Tour de France.

Froome spoke emotionally about his first Tour de France victory.

"It's incredible to win on the Champs Elysees. I didn’t think it would be this special. I don’t think happiness can describe my feelings. 
It's going to take a while for my success to sink in. A dream has come true," he said.

"This really has been an amazing journey for me. The race has been a fight every single day, cross-winds, rain, mountains, good days, bad days, the team has come under pressure on different days."

Team Sky has dominated the team rankings of the UCI WorldTour and extended its lead in the UCI WorldTour team ranking.

Team Sky now has a total of 1360 points. Movistar is second with 1055 points and Katusha is third with 941 points.

Spain kept its lead in the nations ranking, ahead of Great Britain and Colombia. Spain has a total of 1171 points. Great Britain has 964 points and Colombia 950 points.

The UCI WorldTour continues with the Tour de Pologne, starting on Saturday July 27.

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