Boonen takes over WorldTour rankings

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
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep266pts
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team210 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale182 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale179 
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team167 
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team140 
7Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team112 
8Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling112 
9Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team96 
10Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team92 
11Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi88 
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan86 
13Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan84 
14Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team78 
15Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan72 
16Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team70 
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling70 
18Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling63 
19Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team62 
20Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale61 
21Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61 
22Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team60 
23Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team60 
24Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda60 
25Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team51 
26Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51 
27Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling50 
28Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team46 
29Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD44 
30Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team41 
31Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep40 
32Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40 
33Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan40 
34Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan33 
35Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda31 
36Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD31 
37Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team30 
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan30 
39Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep24 
40André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team22 
41Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team21 
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
43Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20 
44Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep15 
45Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team15 
46Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
47Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team14 
48Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10 
49Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10 
50Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
51Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
52Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
53Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team7 
54Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
55Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
56Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6 
57Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6 
58Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team6 
59Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6 
60Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5 
61Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5 
62Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5 
63Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team5 
64Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team4 
65Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4 
66Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
67Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
68Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
69Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale4 
70Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
71Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team4 
72Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan4 
73Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda3 
74Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3 
75Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team2 
76Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team2 
77Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda2 
78Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
79Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
80Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
81Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1 
82Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1 
83Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
84Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1 
85Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan1 
86Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale1 
87Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda1 
88Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank1 
89Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
90Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank1 
91Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
92Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
WorldTour standings - Nations
8United States141 
9Great Britain118 
11Czech Republic78 
26New Zealand1 
WorldTour standings - Teams
2Sky Procycling356 
3Omega Pharma-Quickstep349 
4GreenEdge Cycling Team333 
6Katusha Team282 
7BMC Racing Team208 
8Movistar Team198 
9Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team198 
10Astana Pro Team130 
11Lotto Belisol Team101 
12Garmin - Barracuda97 
13Euskaltel - Euskadi88 
14Rabobank Cycling Team87 
15Lampre - ISD86 
16AG2R La Mondiale76 
17FDJ-Big Mat71 
18Team Saxo Bank2 

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