Evans remains atop UCI World Ranking

Astana top team, Spain leads nation ranking

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) continues as leader of the UCI's Individual World Rankings after the Tour de Suisse, while Fränk Schleck’s overall win in Switzerland has moved the Team Saxo Bank rider up 51 places to 14th.

Schleck is not the only Team Saxo Bank rider to benefit from a strong performance at the Tour de Suisse. His teammate Fabian Cancellara's victory in the opening time trial in Lugano gained the Swiss star two places in the overall rankings, moving from ninth to seventh place, with 210 points.

Cancellara’s improvement sees Tour of Italy winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) lose a spot and drop from seventh to eighth, while fellow Italian Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) also slides down a spot from eighth to ninth.

Cancellara and Frank Schleck are the only two riders in the top twenty to have gained places thanks to the Tour de Suisse, but Lance Armstrong's second place behind Schleck has helped the American enter the top 50 of the UCI World Rankings. The Team RadioShack rider is now 41st, with 81 points.

Saxo Bank reaps rewards in Switzerland

Team Saxo Bank’s impressive collective performance at the Tour de Suisse has reaped them rich rewards in the UCI World Team Rankings. While Astana's remains atop the team classification with 624 points, Saxo Bank moves from seventh to fourth overall with 552 points.

The Danish squad is not the only one to have profited from the Tour de Suisse: Team Katusha remains in second place, but has closed the gap on Team Saxo Bank by 14 points. Liquigas-Doimo adds on another four points and is now in third place with 570 points, while BMC Racing, although still in sixth spot, now trails HTC-Columbia by the slim margin of four points after gaining 66 points in Switzerland.

Top nations remain in same order

Spain has made a minimal increase in its overall lead in the nations ranking, gaining 18 points on Italy. Spain now has a total of 1046 points, 226 more than Italy and increasing the likelihood that it will remain on top of the classification throughout the entire 2010 season.

The four countries that follow Spain - Italy, Belgium, Australia and the United States - remain in the same order. The biggest difference, though, is that largely thanks to Lance Armstrong’s performance in Switzerland, the USA has gained 73 points, and are now less than 200 behind fourth placed Australia.

Switzerland, on the other hand, has improved enormously following its home race, jumping five spots from 11th to sixth with 315 points. That’s the biggest gain of any country in the top ten, even if Germany, partly due to Team HTC-Columbia rider Tony Martin’s victory in the final time trial, has now moved up from tenth to seventh

The next race to count in the UCI’s World Rankings, the Tour de France which starts on July 3rd, seems certain to produce more major changes, with top favourite Alberto Contador's performance one of the key factors.

Fourth in the individual rankings, Contador’s result in July will also have a big knock-on effect in the teams ranking, where his Astana squad leads, and in the nations ranking, where his country, Spain, is in the number one spot.

Elite Men UCI World Ranking
1Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team384pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto304 
3Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha300 
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana260 
5Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne233 
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step216 
7Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank210 
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo206 
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli203 
10Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana185 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack174 
12Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack164 
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo144 
14Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank140 
15Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia140 
16André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia137 
17David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne132 
18Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank129 
19Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone127 
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo124 
21Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank121 
22Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam120 
23Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana117 
24Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia113 
25Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne111 
26Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini108 
27Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions107 
28Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi105 
29Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team100 
30Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team97 
31Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam96 
32Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi96 
33Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions95 
34Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini94 
35Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam90 
36Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini85 
37Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia83 
38Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank83 
39Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi82 
40Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha82 
41Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack81 
42Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto80 
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha80 
44George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team80 
45Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia76 
46Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha72 
47Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team71 
48Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank70 
49Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank70 
50Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto65 
51Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank62 
52Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox62 
53Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team61 
54Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun61 
55Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale61 
56Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 
57Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank60 
58Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo58 
59Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana56 
60Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam56 
61Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha55 
62Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram54 
63Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia49 
64Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom46 
65Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto44 
66Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux43 
67Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack41 
68Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet40 
69Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne39 
70Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo38 
71Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo37 
72Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions34 
73Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo32 
74Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale31 
75Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha30 
76Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli30 
77Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox30 
78Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini29 
79Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank28 
80John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale28 
81Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack26 
82Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia24 
83Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam20 
84Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom20 
85Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
86Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step20 
87Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha18 
88Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team18 
89Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox18 
90Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom17 
91Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank17 
92Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank17 
93Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank16 
94Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
95Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram16 
96Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank16 
97Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom16 
98Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto16 
99Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne16 
100Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step16 
101Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team14 
102Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank14 
103Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team14 
104Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions13 
105Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank13 
106Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team12 
107Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini12 
108Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo12 
109Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia12 
110Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions12 
111Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step11 
112Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack11 
113Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram11 
114Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini10 
115Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
116William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom10 
117Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank10 
118Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram10 
119Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step9 
120Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
121Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Androni Giocattoli8 
122Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox8 
123Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team8 
124Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne8 
125Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone7 
126Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto7 
127Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne7 
128Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team6 
129Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo6 
130Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
131Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne6 
132Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana6 
133Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6 
134Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team Katusha6 
135Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
136Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia6 
137Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank6 
138Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step6 
139Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam6 
140Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale5 
141Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
142Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack5 
143Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux5 
144Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux4 
145Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram4 
146Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia4 
147Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
148Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
149Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
150Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions4 
151Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
152Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
153Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
154Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4 
155Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom4 
156Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto4 
157Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank4 
158David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions4 
159Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam4 
160Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia3 
161Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
162Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux3 
163Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team3 
164Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
165Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
166David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions2 
167Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
168Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
169Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha2 
170Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
171Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2 
172Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
173David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
174Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
175Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo1 
176Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
177Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
178Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
179Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
180Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
181Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
182Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
183Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom1 
184Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
185Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team1 
186Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
187Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
188Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank1 
189Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto1 
190Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha1 
191Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram1 
192Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
193Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux1 
194Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram1 
195Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team1 
196Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
197Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
198Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox1 
199**1 
200Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1 
Nations
1Spain1046pts
2Italy820 
3Belgium745 
4Australia693 
5United States496 
6Switzerland315 
7Germany303 
8Kazakhstan302 
9Slovenia294 
10Russia293 
11France261 
12Netherlands207 
13Luxembourg200 
14Norway134 
15Great Britain127 
16Czech Republic124 
17New Zealand113 
18Estonia111 
19Canada107 
20Denmark102 
21Austria83 
22Ireland61 
23Portugal54 
24Colombia53 
25Slovakia43 
26Croatia38 
27Argentina19 
28Sweden17 
29South Africa13 
30Poland6 
31Japan4 
32Belarus1 
Teams
1Astana624pts
2Team Katusha589 
3Liquigas-Doimo570 
4Team Saxo Bank552 
5Team HTC - Columbia549 
6BMC Racing Team545 
7Omega Pharma-Lotto513 
8Team Radioshack486 
9Caisse d'Epargne416 
10Cervélo TestTeam382 
11Rabobank375 
12Lampre-Farnese Vini332 
13Euskaltel - Euskadi291 
14Quick Step272 
15Garmin - Transitions261 
16Androni Giocattoli243 
17Sky Professional Cycling Team208 
18Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne148 
19AG2R La Mondiale135 
20Acqua & Sapone134 
21Colnago-CSF Inox119 
22Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team115 
23BBox Bouygues Telecom109 
24Team Milram95 
25Saur - Sojasun63 
26Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 
27Française Des Jeux57 
28Landbouwkrediet40 
29Footon-Servetto20 
Author: Cycling News

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