PTO World Rankings: Laura Philipp takes top spot after Dubai win – Elite News

We have a new women’s number one in the PTO World Rankings in the shape of German star Laura Philipp.

Laura’s victory over Daniela Ryf at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai netted her 100.38 ranking points – enough to move her overall score to 108.48 and top spot ahead of Lucy Charles-Barclay.

LCB remember, had taken over from Ryf with that astonishing victory in last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the last time she appeared in a ranking event.

Laura’s move up to the top relegates Lucy to second and Daniela to third, while the remainder of the top 15 remains unchanged with many of the sport’s stars still to make their 2022 debuts.

There is a similar story in the men’s rankings, with little change as the 2022 season just starts to get into swing. The most notable mover is Denmark’s Daniel Bækkegård, who goes from #6 to #4 after finishing second behind Marten Van Riel in Dubai.

Braden Currie of New Zealand is up to #16 from #18 after claiming victory in the Tauranga Half earlier this year while Javier Gomez – putting the focus on long-distance racing in 2022 – enters the top 20 after victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Pucon.

Kristian Blummenfelt, meanwhile, is number 37 on the latest rankings after his 10th in Dubai (partly due to a mechanical on the bike) failed to improve his overall score.

Expect further change soon on the back of recent and upcoming races – notably last weekend’s races at CLASH Miami which saw Sam Long and Ashleigh Gentle scoop the wins.


How do the PTO Rankings work?

This is not just about kudos – the athletes are fighting it out for a bonus pool worth a cool $2million in the ‘Race For The Rankings’. This will be dished out based on rankings at the end of 2022.

Each athlete has a points total which is an average of their three best races during the ranking period.

Without becoming too technical and explaining the algorithm in detail, an athlete’s score for a single race is based around their time – and not finishing position. The base is 100 points and the variance below or above depends on their time compared to what the PTO calls the ‘Ideal Time’ for that specific race.

As for which races are points-eligible, within reason it brings in any non-drafting race which has at least a professional prize pool and is greater than minimum Olympic distance.

Current PTO Rankings – Men

The leading men – as of March 7, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Gustav Iden (NOR) 109.62
  • 2. Jan Frodeno (GER) 102.82
  • 3. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 100.89
  • 4. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) 100.81
  • 5. Sam Long (USA) .99.41
  • 6. Patrick Lange (GER) 9999.26
  • 7. Joe Skipper (GBR) 96.88
  • 8. Ben Kanute (USA) 95.45
  • 9. Florian Angert (GER) 95.24
  • 10. Rudy Von Berg (USA) 94.21
  • 11. Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN) 93.91
  • 12. Jackson Laundry (CAN) 93.87
  • 13. Sam Appleton (AUS) 92.59
  • 14. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) 91.95
  • 15. Rasmus Svenningsson (SWE) 90.77
  • 16. Braden Currie (NZL) 90.24
  • 17. Matt Hanson (USA) 90.15
  • 18. Denis Chevrot (FRA) 89.52
  • 19. Frederic Funk (GER) 89.31
  • 20. Javier Gomez (ESP) .88.72

Current PTO Rankings – Women

The leading women – as of March 7, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Laura Philipp (GER) 108.48
  • 2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 107.65
  • 3. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 107.07
  • 4. Taylor Knibb (USA) 104.57
  • 5. Anne Haug (GER) 104.54
  • 6. Emma Ballant-Browne (GBR) 102.08
  • 7. Skye Moench (USA) 101.78
  • 8. Jeanni Metzler (RSA) 101.23
  • 9. Kat Matthews (GBR) 100.09
  • 10. Paula Findlay (CAN) 99.65
  • 11. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 94.40
  • 12. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 93.40
  • 13. Heather Jackson (USA) 93.15
  • 14. Jackie Hering (USA) 91.55
  • 15. Ellie Salthouse (AUS) 90.21
  • 16. Lisa Norden (SWE) 88.61
  • 17. Tamara Jewett (CAN) 87.55
  • 18. Carrie Lester (AUS) 87.22
  • 19. Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 84.47
  • 20. Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 84.47

PTO 2022 Race For The Rankings

Like we said, the PTO will dish out $2million at the end of the year based on the final rankings positions of pro athletes.

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