Pogačar returns to top of UCI rankings

ALTO DA FÓIA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 21: Arrival / Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and Team UAE - Team Emirates / Celebration / during the 45th Volta ao Algarve, Stage 2 a 187,4 km stage from Almodôvar to Alto Da Fóia 900m / VA / @VAlgarve2019 / on February 21, 2019 in Alto Da Fóia, Portugal. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Ljubljana – Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates), fresh from his win of the Tour de France, has taken the lead in the rankings of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for the second time in his brief professional career.

Another Slovenian, Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma), topped the rankings before the Tour, but having left the race early due to a series of injuries, he is now in third place, behind his teammate Wout Van Aert from the Netherlands.

Pogačar has 4,088 points, 207 points ahead of Van Aert and 777 points on Roglič.

The 22-year-old had jumped to the top of the UCI rankings after his Tour victory last year, but was quickly overtaken by Roglič, who won the Vuelta last November to regain the lead.

With the exception of the brief two-week slip last year, Roglič had topped the UCI rankings from 15 September 2019.