Sven Nys - Picture by Patrick Verhoest
Two rounds into the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, little has changed in the UCI rankings.
Belgian Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), who finished first in the 2011 World Cup, still leads the rankings with 2,303 points, followed by fellow countrymen Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) at 2070 points and world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), winner of the Plzen race, with 1816 points.
Two of the three leaders can also be found in the current top 3 of the World Cup Standings, which has Albert and Pauwels tied with 145 points, followed by Vantournout with 130 points.
While superwoman Marianne Vos (Rabobank) has yet to make an appearance this cross season, she remains on top of standings with her 2100 points from last year. Winner of the Plzen race, Katie Compton (Trek) moved up a spot to second place at 1920 points, trading places with retired Dutchwoman, Daphny van den Brand with 1790 points.
So while the retired Van den Brand will continue to drop in the rankings, British champion Helen Wyman (Kona), currently sitting in fourth with 1532 points, will likely soon move up to the podium spot.
The current World Cup standings has Compton in first, followed by van Paassen and Wyman.