Contador top of WorldTour rankings

Ag2r back in team ranking lead, Spain number one country

Of the 99 riders who have now scored UCI WorldTour points, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) sits atop the individual rankings with a total of 198 points, followed by Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with 143 and 137 points respectively.

Due to Contador's second place at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, behind Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Spain now also lead the national rankings while Ag2r-La Mondiale is back on top in the team rankings.

With two races offering points over the weekend with the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in Spain and Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium, a shake up of the UCI WorldTour classifications was always on the cards. Rodriguez, who was victorious in his home race for the second time in his career, moved up to sixth in the individual rankings and is the defending champion of the season-long ranking.

"This was a lot harder than in when I won in 2010," Rodríguez said of the race he won overall. "This time, with so many rivals so close to me overall, it all stayed undecided right the way through to the last metre of the last stage. The smallest piece of bad luck could have changed everything."

In Gent-Wevelgem, Giant-Shimano's John Degenkolb's impressive bunch sprint win ahead of France's Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) and E3 Harelbeke winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) resulted in further changes at the top of the rankings. A crash in the finale affected sprinters, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), reducing the number of Degenkolb's rivals, but the timing of his final acceleration in the last metres of the 233km race proved decisive. DEgenkolb rose to ninth in the individual rankings thanks to his win. He now has 94 points and moved up 30 places.

Former leaders Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) dropped to fourth and fifth respectively.

In the nations classification, long-standing leaders Australia dropped down a place as Spain romped ahead of them with a new total of 455 points thanks to the efforts of Contador and Rodriguez. Australia, now in second, remain with their previous total of 336, whilst France advance to third with 310 points as Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano) finished top-ten in Catalunya.

The team classification has also seen a change of leader, with Ag2r-La Mondiale now back in the number one spot they occupied briefly earlier this year after Paris-Nice. This time their advantage of 309 points over Movistar (271), looks much more solid than earlier in the year. Tinkoff-Saxo also made an large advance, jumping three places to third overall with 269 points.

The next UCI WorldTour event is the Tour of Flanders, which takes place on Sunday April 6.

Individual rankings
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo198 pts
2Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale143 
3Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team137 
4Carlos Betancur (COL) Ag2r-La Mondiale114 
5Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE114 
6Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha107 
7Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha101 
8John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano94 
9Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing90 
10Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team88 
11Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida88 
12Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida83 
13Arthur Vichot (FRA) FDJ.fr78 
14Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team77 
15Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky75 
16Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Team Tinkoff-Saxo71 
17Ben Swift (GBR) Team Sky70 
18Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling70 
19José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team68 
20Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky67 
21Arnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ.fr65 
22Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale64 
23Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale61 
24Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step60 
25Juan José Lobato (ESP) Movistar Team60 
Team rankings
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Ag2r-La Mondiale309 pts
2Movistar Team271 
3Team Tinkoff-Saxo269 
4Team Katusha264 
5Team Sky257 
6Omega Pharma-Quick Step221 
7Lampre-Merida195 
8BMC Racing Team187 
9Trek Factory Racing179 
10Orica-GreenEDGE156 
11FDJ.fr151 
12Cannondale148 
13Giant-Shimano127 
14Belkin Pro Cycling127 
15Garmin-Sharp110 
16Astana84 
17Lotto-Belisol63 
18Team Europcar46 
Nation rankings
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1 Spain455 pts
2 Australia336 
3 France310 
4 Colombia301 
5 Great Britain244 
6 Italy179 
7 Slovakia153 
8 Belgium150 
9 Netherlands126 
10 Germany123 
11 United States120 
12 Norway108 
13 Czech Republic104 
14  Switzerland90 
15 Portugal88 

 

Author: Cycling News

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