Meteoric rise of Pidcock, Gaze and Koretzky in the UCI Ranking after the World Championship
Throughout the year it is difficult to see such abrupt changes in the UCI ranking, but after the week of the World Championships we have seen 3 dazzling rises of more than 20 positions starring Sam Gaze, Tom Pidock and Victor Koretzky.
Gaze, Pidcock and Koretzky jump up the UCI mountain bike rankings
As every Tuesday, the UCI updated its mountain bike ranking after the competitions of the last 7 days, but this week was not an ordinary one. The XC World Championship races are the ones that add the most UCI points and after the last Glasgow World Championships the ranking has had some meteoric rises.
New Zealander Samuel Gaze took the rainbow jersey in the Short Track race and was second in the XCO World Championship, which has earned him 24 positions, up to 15th, in the ranking and his best position so far in the elite category.
The performance of Frenchman Victor Koretzky has been one of the best surprises of this World Championships and after a couple of seasons without performing at his best level in mountain biking we have seen him again fighting for the victory both in the Short Track, where he was second, and in the XCO race, where he finished fourth. Two results with which he has gained 21 positions and is now number 33 in the UCI ranking. His terrible anger at the finish line in Glasgow is still remembered.
The recently proclaimed XCO World Champion, Tom Pidcock is with 27 the one who has gained the most positions, inside the Top 40, and now appears in the 34th position of the ranking, just behind Koretzky.
One of the most damaged in these changes in the ranking has been the Spanish David Valero, who after leading it for 44 weeks now appears in position 6. We remember that Valero was one of the great favorites for the victory but in the first lap of the World Championship he suffered a problem in his shoe that took him behind the 60th position in the race, after a huge comeback he entered in the 24th position, far from his goal.
Fortunately, there are still a large number of World Cup events to be held in 2023, the next event in Andorra, and rankings will continue to move frequently until mid-October.
We encourage you to take a look at the complete ranking on the mtbdata.com website where you can see detailed information on each rider, races, etc.