Boonen leaps up UCI world rankings after Flanders

Classics give Belgium, US, Switzerland a boost

Tom Boonen's second place finish at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday has seen the Quick Step rider move into the same position in the International Cycling Union's (UCI's) latest World Rankings, announced on Monday.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) remains the leader of the individual rankings, however Boonen's Flanders performance saw him move up 10 places from his previous position on the UCI list.

In addition to Boonen leap, the results of Belgian Classic saw Philippe Gilbert jump up to fourth (from 21st). Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara entered the rankings for the first time this season, and currently sits in 10th.

There was no change at the top end of the teams rankings, with Caisse d'Epargne, HTC-Columbia and Katusha holding their positions after strong early season performances. Astana leapfrogged Liquigas-Doimo for fourth, while Saxo Bank, Quick Step and Omega Pharma Lotto used the onset of the Classics to charge into the top-10.

Spain still rules the roost in the national rankings, though Belgium has now moved ahead of Italy for second. The Classics performances of George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) have seen the United States shift from 13th to sixth, and Cancellara's heroics has seen Switzerland jump from 25th to eighth.

International Cycling Union Individual Rankings
1Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)222pts
2Tom Boonen (Belgium)166 
3Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)142 
4Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)130 
5André Greipel (Germany)119 
6Cadel Evans (Australia)116 
7Maxim Iglinsky (Kazakhstan)116 
8Stefano Garzelli (Italy)109 
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain)107 
10Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)100 
11Oscar Freire Gomez (Spain)100 
12Rein Taaramae (Estonia)100 
13Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)99 
14Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spain)92 
15Michele Scarponi (Italy)86 
16Greg Henderson (New Zealand)85 
17Bernhard Eisel (Austria)83 
18George Hincapie (United States Of America)80 
19Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)80 
20Alessandro Petacchi (Italy)78 
21Robbie Mcewen (Australia)68 
22Sacha Modolo (Italy)62 
23Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)60 
24Björn Leukemans (Belgium)60 
25Daniele Bennati (Italy)58 
26Tyler Farrar (United States Of America)57 
27Nicolas Roche (Ireland)55 
28Luke Roberts (Australia)54 
29Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spain)53 
30Jens Voigt (Germany)52 
31Robert Gesink (Netherlands)51 
32Jurgen Roelandts (Belgium)44 
33Thor Hushovd (Norway)40 
34Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)40 
35Michael Rogers (Australia)40 
36Michel Kreder (Netherlands)34 
37Daniel Oss (Italy)30 
38Roger Hammond (Great Britain)30 
39Francesco Ginanni (Italy)30 
40Eduard Vorganov (Russian Federation)30 
41Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy)30 
42Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)21 
43Peter Sagan (Slovakia)21 
44Matti Breschel (Denmark)12 
45Robert Hunter (South Africa)11 
46Juan José Haedo (Argentina)11 
47Danilo Hondo (Germany)10 
48Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)10 
49Manuele Mori (Italy)10 
50Jean-Christophe Peraud (France)10 
51William Bonnet (France)10 
52Paul Voss (Germany)8 
53Luca Paolini (Italy)7 
54Samuel Dumoulin (France)7 
55Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Portugal)7 
56Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation)6 
57Lars Boom (Netherlands)6 
58Christopher Sutton (Australia)6 
59Enrico Gasparotto (Italy)6 
60Levi Leipheimer (United States Of America)6 
61Andreas Klöden (Germany)6 
62Amaël Moinard (France)6 
63Davide Malacarne (Italy)6 
64Linus Gerdemann (Germany)6 
65Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)6 
66Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)6 
67Thomas Voeckler (France)5 
68Mirco Lorenzetto (Italy)5 
69Graeme Brown (Australia)5 
70Benoît Vaugrenard (France)5 
71Gert Steegmans (Belgium)5 
72Rémy Di Gregorio (France)4 
73Markus Fothen (Germany)4 
74Francesco Gavazzi (Italy)4 
75Jerome Coppel (France)4 
76Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spain)4 
77Robert Förster (Germany)4 
78Paul Martens (Germany)4 
79Grega Bole (Slovenia)4 
80Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spain)3 
81David Loosli (Switzerland)2 
82Leonardo Bertagnolli (Italy)2 
83Jérémie Galland (France)2 
84Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spain)1 
85Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spain)1 
86Matthieu Ladagnous (France)1 
87Sandy Casar (France)1 
88Jan Bakelandts (Belgium)1 
89Dominik Nerz (Germany)1 
90Tony Martin (Germany)1 
91Davide Vigano (Italy)1 
92Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Argentina)1 
93Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation)1 
94Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)1 
95Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)1 
96Yauheni Hutarovich (Belarus)1 
97Mattia Gavazzi (Italy)1 
98Mauro Finetto (Italy)1 
International Cycling Union Teams Rankings
1Caisse D'epargne327pts
2Team Htc - Columbia249 
3Team Katusha247 
4Astana229 
5Liquigas-Doimo210 
6Bmc Racing Team197 
7Omega Pharma-Lotto185 
8Team Saxo Bank176 
9Quick Step172 
10Rabobank166 
11Cervelo Test Team162 
12Garmin - Slipstream142 
13Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni118 
14Acqua & Sapone116 
15Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne113 
16Lampre-Farnese Vini107 
17Sky Professional Cycling Team99 
18Colnago - Csf Inox93 
19Team Milram76 
20Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 
21Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team60 
22Euskaltel - Euskadi56 
23Ag2R La Mondiale55 
24Team Radioshack27 
25Bbox Bouygues Telecom15 
26Française Des Jeux12 
27Footon-Servetto7 
28Saur - Sojasun6 
International Cycling Union Nation Rankings
1Spain670pts
2Belgium460 
3Italy393 
4Australia284 
5Germany195 
6United States143 
7Kazakhstan116 
8Switzerland103 
9Estonia100 
10Netherlands91 
11New Zealand85 
12Austria83 
13Czech Republic80 
14Ireland55 
15Norway46 
16Canada40 
17France38 
18Russia37 
19Great Britain36 
20Slovakia21 
21Slovenia14 
22Denmark12 
23Argentina12 
24South Africa11 
25Portugal7 
26Colombia1 
27Belarus1 

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