Havana, Oct 2 - After the Walloon Arrow in Belgium, the most recent race of the world elite, Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra continues as the best non-European athlete in the universal ranks of road cycling, one of the most competitive sports and higher economic requirements.
The Kazakh-Italian club captain Astana Women's Team is in 12th place in the world ranking of the International Cycling Union (UCI), led by the Dutch world champions Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen, with 2,692 and two 337.67 points, respectively, according to the tables on the UCI website.
Van Vleuten and van der Breggen are the only ones to exceed 1,650 units, while the Cuban has 794, despite not competing for more than six months on the island and missing an important race like the Strade Bianche in Italy, due to to the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the ranking of the World Tour, Sierra is in 13th place, with 346 points, only surpassed by Europeans and a New Zealander in 10th place, in a list with Van der Breggen at the top, thanks to 1,149.67 units, consolidated in September with four consecutive victories, in the Giro Rosa (the longest and most important stage race) and the two rounds of the World Road Championship in Italy, as well as the Walloon Arrow in Belgium, the latter won for the sixth time online.
At the beginning of 2020, Sierra, a 27-year-old Manzanillo, was second in the ranking of the World Tour, thanks to the silver medal in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, which she dominated in 2019. (ACN) (Photo: Archive)