The 2023 season is already progressing. After the first competitions of the year, the UCI established the world ranking with several changes in terms of avant-garde riders, while three Latino cyclists: Sergio Higuita, Daniel Felipe Martínez and Richard Carapaz, remain among the top 20, taking into account the last 52 weeks.
The Colombian Sergio Higuita continues to be the best of ours, ranking 11th with 2,027 points; his teammate Daniel Felipe Martínez advanced one seat and is now in 14th place with 1960 units; while the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, also improved two promotions compared to the last list and now appears in the twentieth
The American Neilson Powless is one of the ones who takes the most steps forward with nine lines and adds 1334 points. Two more Colombians close the list of leaders: Miguel Ángel López in 45 and Nairo Quintana 65.
Colombian cycling seeks to be the protagonist again in 2023, although for Rigoberto Urán the future is complicated as he does not have any “good” ones, for Germán Darío Gómez, the under 23 who won the individual time trial at the Nationals, that statement is not so true , because he believes that there is talent, but there is a lack of support. For now, UCI records show that there are only two riders in the world’s top 20 out of 89 on its list.
1.- Tadej Pogacar: 5,131 points
2.- Wout Van Aert: 4,525
3.- Remco Evenepoel: 4,282.5
4.- Jonas Vingegaard: 3,154
5.- Pello Bilbao: 2,346
6.- Arnaud De Lie: 2,340
7.- Aleksandr Vlasov: 2,274
8.- Stefan Kung: 2,180
9.- Michael Matthews: 2,157.67
10.- Alexander Kristoff: 2,084
11.- Sergio Higuita: 2,027
12.- Mathieu van der Poel: 2003.67
13.- Christophe Laporte: 1,968
14.- Daniel Felipe Martínez: 1,960
15.- Arnaud Demare: 1,931
16.- Biniam Girmay: 1,924
17.- Simon Yates: 1,734.5
18.- Benoit Cosnephroy: 1,734
19.- Jai Hindley: 1,713
20.- Richard Carapaz: 1,706
Esteban Chaves and Superman, promoted after winning in Nationals on the road
At the national level, the top 10 is closed by Einer Rubio with 391 points (position 204 globally). The recent performance of Chaves in the Nationals on the road allowed him to add 100 points and go from position 106 to 101, being together with Miguel Ángel López the ones who won the most places after winning first place in the recent competitions that were held in the country.
Of the top 10 Colombians, Fernando Gaviria and Rigoberto Urán were the ones who remained in the same positions. The surprise was in Santiago Buitrago, who despite having been third on the Saudi Tour, lost 13 places. Egan is in 60th place, but he will position himself better as soon as he starts to score more points. If he recovers from his knee injury, he would be ready to compete in the Tour of Andalusia, which will take place from February 15 to 19.