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Gerrans, RadioShack-Nissan top first WorldTour rankings

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Cycling News
Published:
January 22, 2012, 20:42 GMT,
Updated:
January 22, 2012, 20:46 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, January 22, 2012
Confetti and all, Gerrans on the podium

Confetti and all, Gerrans on the podium

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Australians on top after Tour Down Under

Following his overall victory in the Santos Tour Down Under, GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans became the first leader of the UCI's WorldTour individual rankings.

Gerrans leads runner-up Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 19 points, with fellow podium finisher Tiago Machado (RadioShack-Nissan) in third, 15 further points back.

Thanks to the presence of both Machado and Jan Bakelants in the top five on general classification, the RadioShack-Nissan team kicked off the season at the top of the team rankings.

The Luxembourg squad leads Movistar by 7 points, with GreenEdge one point behind.

Strong performances by the home riders, who placed five riders in the points - Gerrans, Sky's Michael Rogers, Rabobank's Michael Matthews and Mark Renshaw and GreenEdge's Robbie McEwen - put Australia atop the nations rankings ahead of Spain and Portugal.

The WorldTour now takes a six-week hiatus before resuming at Paris-Nice on March 4.

WorldTour standings as of January 22, 2012

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 106  pts
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 87  
3 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 72  
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 61  
5 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 40  
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 34  
7 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
8 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 18  
9 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 15  
10 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
11 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 6  
12 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 6  
13 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 5  
14 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 4  
15 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
16 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan 3  
17 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
18 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
19 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 1  
Teams
1 Radioshack-Nissan 115  pts
2 Movistar Team 108  
3 Greenedge Cycling Team 107  
4 Sky Procycling 95  
5 Rabobank Cycling Team 20  
6 Lotto Belisol Team 18  
7 Katusha Team 10  
8 FDJ-Big Mat 7  
9 Lampre - ISD 6  
10 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
11 Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
Nations
1 Australia 188  pts
2 Spain 114  
3 Portugal 72  
4 Belgium 40  
5 Norway 34  
6 Germany 22  
7 Italy 10  
8 Belarus 7  
9 Russia 4  

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