Movistar claims fourth straight WorldTour team ranking victory
Alejandro Valverde’s 6th place in Il Lombardia confirms a record-setting fourth victory for Movistar in the UCI WorldTour ranking.
The squad managed by Eusebio Unzué finished on top of the UCI ranking for the sixth time in its four-decade history after completing Il Lombardia, the last event of the WorldTour, with a 6th spot for Alejandro Valverde.
The 110-point advantage (1471 vs 1361) against Tinkoff confirmed the fourth consecutive title for the Spanish squad, becoming the fifth success in just twelve years under the current competition system and points scale (2008, 2013-16).
The points were achieved by Nairo Quintana (609, runner-up to Peter Sagan), Valverde (4th, with 436), Ion Izagirre (11th; 270), Rubén Fernández (88) and Andrey Amador (68).
Eusebio Unzué: “I’ll end up believing we’re the best team in the world after all! Winning the WorldTour team ranking for the fourth year straight is a good tribute to the constance by this whole team for the entire season, in both good and bad moments. And it’s increasingly difficult to win this, as we always have to beat tremendous groups – Tinkoff or Sky this year – that always excel, in every single race.
“Already in Australia we were taking points with Rubén, and thanks to Nairo Quintana’s consistence, Alejandro Valverde’s talent or a splendid season by Ion Izagirre, as well as brilliant performances by Rubén Fernández, Andrey Amador and so many others, we could win this classification once again. It’s always another goal for us, and fulfiling it is a huge satisfaction. It’s a reward to a way of doing things and tackling every race with focus and intensity. You will hardly be able to find a race where a Movistar Team hasn’t been contesting the top places. Of course, I want to thank all of our staff, who hold a big share of this victory, as well as all of our partners, crucial for our team to do their job in the best possible conditions.”