Boonen continues to lead WorldTour rankings after final Spring Classic

Spain top nation, Omega Pharma-QuickStep still best team

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) continues to lead the UCI WorldTour rankings after Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) clinched an impressive solo triumph in the final Spring Classic of 2012, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but the gaps are beginning to close at the top of the table on the 31-year-old Belgian.

At Liège, Iglinskiy launched a late counter-attack behind lone breakaway rider Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) that proved far more profitable than the 31-year-old Kazakh had anticipated. Rather than ‘just’ claiming the second place result that he had thought was the best possible outcome, Iglinskiy caught and passed Nibali on the long ascent to the finish at Ans.

As a result, Kazakhstan now has its third Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory in the last seven years. It was also Astana’s second Classic win in a week after Enrico Gasparotto captured the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday - before finishing third at Liège behind Iglinskiy and Nibali.

Boonen did not compete in the Ardennes Classics and his points total remains unchanged at 366. Nibali, however, jumped from sixth to second with 272 points while Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), seventh at Liège, moved into third place with 252 points.

Nibali’s strong performance, coupled with Gasparotto’s continuing strong run of results, has at least partly enabled Italy to close the gap on Spain in the nations ranking. While Spain remains in the number one spot with 881 points, Italy has closed the gap and moved into second place at 765 points. Belgium, meanwhile, dropped a spot and holds third place at 674 points after earning a mere four points in the last major Spring Classic

As for the UCI WorldTour's teams ranking, Nibali’s strong performance has had a clear impact. Liquigas-Cannondale could not overtake Omega Pharma-Quick Step in the number one slot at 547 points, but with 80 extra points in the bag the Italian team has at least ousted Katusha from the second place in the rankings and trails the Belgian team by 33 points.

However, the biggest mover in the teams ranking is undoubtedly Astana, who with first and third at Liège, not to mention 14th for another Astana rider, Croatia's Robert Kiserlovski, has now made it into fourth place overall. The 152 points earned at Liège gives the team 408 points and moved them from eighth to fourth.

Now that Liège-Bastogne-Liège has brought down the curtain on the 2012 Spring Classics season, the WorldTour turns its attention to stage racing, starting with the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, beginning today, April 24, and concluding on April 29.

WorldTour - Individual rankings
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep366pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale272 
3Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi252 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale229 
5Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team222 
6Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team210 
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team180 
8Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team172 
9Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team167 
10Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team166 
11Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team150 
12Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda132 
13Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team131 
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling112 
15Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD106 
16Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team104 
17Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team100 
18Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan96 
19Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team92 
20Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep90 
21Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan86 
22Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team78 
23Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team74 
24Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team72 
25Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team72 
26Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan72 
27Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD71 
28Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling70 
29Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale67 
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team66 
31Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling63 
32Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61 
33Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team60 
34Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team60 
35Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling60 
36Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep52 
37Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51 
38Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team51 
39Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling50 
40Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling42 
41Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan40 
42Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team40 
43Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40 
44Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan33 
45Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale32 
46Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda31 
47Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan30 
48Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team30 
49Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank30 
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep24 
51Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
52André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team22 
53Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team21 
54Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling20 
55Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
56Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team16 
57Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep15 
58Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team14 
59Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
60Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda12 
61Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team12 
62Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda11 
63Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10 
64Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
65Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda10 
66Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10 
67Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
68Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team8 
69Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team7 
70Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
71Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
72Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6 
73Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
74Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
75Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6 
76Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team6 
77Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6 
78Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6 
79Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team5 
80Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5 
81Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5 
82Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4 
83Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
84Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
85Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team4 
86Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan4 
87Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
88Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
89Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
90Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale4 
91Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda3 
92Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3 
93Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team2 
94Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling2 
95Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
96Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team2 
97Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
98Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda2 
99Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1 
100Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team1 
101Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale1 
102Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
103Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1 
104Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
105Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1 
106Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team1 
107Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
108Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1 
109Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan1 
110Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank1 
111Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
112Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank1 
113Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
114Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
WorldTour - Nation rankings
1Spain881pts
2Italy765 
3Belgium674 
4Netherlands404 
5Australia315 
6Switzerland258 
7Slovakia229 
8United States153 
9Ireland132 
10France120 
11Great Britain118 
12Norway113 
13Kazakhstan100 
14Germany94 
15Czech Republic78 
16Slovenia77 
17Croatia74 
18Portugal72 
19Colombia65 
20Denmark60 
21Austria51 
22Canada12 
23Belarus8 
24Russia8 
25Poland8 
26South Africa6 
27Sweden6 
28Luxembourg1 
29New Zealand1 
30Argentina1 
WorldTour - Team rankings
1Omega Pharma-Quickstep547pts
2Liquigas-Cannondale516 
3Katusha Team502 
4Astana Pro Team408 
5GreenEdge Cycling Team402 
6Sky Procycling366 
7BMC Racing Team350 
8RadioShack-Nissan327 
9Rabobank Cycling Team254 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi252 
11Lotto Belisol Team207 
12Movistar Team205 
13Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team202 
14Garmin - Barracuda196 
15Lampre - ISD194 
16AG2R La Mondiale112 
17FDJ-Big Mat72 
18Team Saxo Bank32 

 

Author: Cycling News

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