New Zealand national road race champion Jason Christie is the first leader of the UCI’s new World Ranking Jason Christie Credit: Graham Watson Jason Christie may not be a name known to many outside his native New Zealand, but the Kenyan Riders Down Under team rider is the first name at the top of the UCI’s inaugural men’s World Ranking.
The 26-year-old won the New Zealand national road race championships and placed seventh in the national time trial championships to accumulate enough points to sit ahead of Australian road race champion Jack Bobridge (Trek-Segafredo).
Christie’s fellow New Zealander Dion Smith, who rides for British team One Pro Cycling, is third in the ranking.
The UCI’s new World Ranking was published on Monday, January 11 and will be published every Monday thereafter. It takes account of points allocated from races in the UCI International Road Calendar, which includes events in the WorldTour , Continental Circuits, World and National Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Games.
Currently, the ranking is dominated by riders from the Southern Hemisphere who have taken part in their national championships, and riders who took part in the Tour of Egypt, which finished on January 2. All that will change in the […]