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Boonen takes over WorldTour rankings

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Cycling News
Published:
April 02, 2012, 16:12 BST,
Updated:
April 02, 2012, 17:11 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Race:
Tour of Flanders
Winning smile: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Winning smile: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

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Liquigas leads team classification, Belgium claims top spot in nations ranking

Following his impressive third victory of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has taken over the leadership in the WorldTour rankings. Just nine days after he took a record breaking fifth win in the E-3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, and a week after his third victory in Gent-Wevelgem, the Belgian gathered enough points to relegate Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) to second.

Seventh in the UCI's top league after the E-3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and fourth after Gent-Wevelgem, Boonen's score increased to 266 points with his Tour of Flanders victory, while Gerrans, who held the lead first after winning the Tour Down Under and again after his fine victory in Milano-San Remo, remained at 210. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) dropped from second to third with 182 points.

However, Nibali's advantage over his talented young teammate Peter Sagan, a hugely impressive fifth in Sunday's race, amounts only to three points. Sagan's latest top result enables him to move up the ranks from sixth to fourth, with 179 points.

Between Nibali's score and the upcoming Sagan, the Italian Liquigas-Cannondale squad has also gained enough points to oust British Sky ProCycling from the top spot of the teams ranking. Boonen's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team is now third overall, three places higher than a week ago. Two former leaders of the ranking, GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan have dropped to fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

However, the difference between Liquigas-Cannondale and fifth placed RadioShack-Nissan is a mere 61 points, making the battle for supremacy in the ranking undecided. But the teams will not have to wait long to see if they can amass more points: the Vuelta al País Vasco stage race, the next round of the UCI WorldTour, begins on April 2nd.

In the nations classification, Belgium has soared to top spot ahead of long-standing leaders Spain, followed by Italy. However, the Belgians' advantage is minimal - just six points, 467 to Spain's 461. Thanks to Alessandro Ballan's podium spot in Flanders, Italy has a comfortable margin of 119 over fourth-placed Australia. This means the battle for the nations ranking looks increasingly like a three-way duel.

WorldTour standings - Individuals
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 266 pts
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 210  
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 182  
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 179  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 167  
6 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 140  
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team 112  
8 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 112  
9 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 96  
10 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 92  
11 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 88  
12 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 86  
13 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 84  
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 78  
15 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 72  
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 70  
17 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 70  
18 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 63  
19 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 62  
20 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 61  
21 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 61  
22 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 60  
23 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 60  
24 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda 60  
25 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 51  
26 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 51  
27 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 50  
28 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 46  
29 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 44  
30 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 41  
31 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 40  
32 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 40  
33 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 40  
34 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 33  
35 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 31  
36 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 31  
37 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 30  
38 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 30  
39 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 24  
40 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 22  
41 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 21  
42 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
43 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 20  
44 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 15  
45 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 15  
46 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
47 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 14  
48 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
49 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 10  
50 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
51 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 8  
52 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
53 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 7  
54 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
55 Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
56 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 6  
57 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 6  
58 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 6  
59 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 6  
60 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 5  
61 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 5  
62 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 5  
63 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5  
64 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
65 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
66 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 4  
67 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
68 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 4  
69 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 4  
70 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
71 Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
72 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 4  
73 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 3  
74 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 3  
75 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 2  
76 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 2  
77 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda 2  
78 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
79 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
80 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
81 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 1  
82 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
83 Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
84 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
85 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan 1  
86 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
87 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 1  
88 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 1  
89 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1  
90 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 1  
91 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
92 Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
WorldTour standings - Nations
1 Belgium 467 pts
2 Spain 461  
3 Italy 416  
4 Australia 297  
5 Netherlands 204  
6 Switzerland 198  
7 Slovakia 179  
8 United States 141  
9 Great Britain 118  
10 France 98  
11 Czech Republic 78  
12 Slovenia 73  
13 Portugal 72  
14 Norway 71  
15 Colombia 63  
16 Denmark 60  
17 Ireland 60  
18 Austria 51  
19 Croatia 41  
20 Germany 30  
21 Russia 8  
22 Poland 8  
23 Belarus 7  
24 Sweden 6  
25 Canada 2  
26 New Zealand 1  
27 Luxembourg 1  
28 Argentina 1  
WorldTour standings - Teams
1 Liquigas-Cannondale 376 pts
2 Sky Procycling 356  
3 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 349  
4 GreenEdge Cycling Team 333  
5 RadioShack-Nissan 315  
6 Katusha Team 282  
7 BMC Racing Team 208  
8 Movistar Team 198  
9 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 198  
10 Astana Pro Team 130  
11 Lotto Belisol Team 101  
12 Garmin - Barracuda 97  
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi 88  
14 Rabobank Cycling Team 87  
15 Lampre - ISD 86  
16 AG2R La Mondiale 76  
17 FDJ-Big Mat 71  
18 Team Saxo Bank 2  

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