Euskaltel are paying for their below-par WorldTour performances by falling like a rock on the UCI's team rankings.
The team was ranked fourth after the Tour Down Under in January, but had fallen to 15th by the conclusion of the Ardennes Classics as victories and podiums have proved hard to come by for the orange team.
The most recent standings, released on Monday after the conclusion of the Tour de Romandie, sees Euskaltel ranked 16th of the 19 WorldTour teams. Only FDJ, Vacansoleil and Argos-Shimano have fewer points to date.
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Ion Izagirre continues to be the team's top ranked individual in 38th with 61 points. Team leader for the Giro d'Italia, Samuel Sánchez, is only 94th with five points to his name.
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