Gerrans, RadioShack-Nissan top first WorldTour rankings

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

1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team106 pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team87 
3Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan72 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61 
5Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan40 
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling34 
7Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
8André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team18 
9Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team15 
10Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
11Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team6 
12Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6 
13Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5 
14Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
15Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
16Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan3 
17Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team1 
18Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
19Robbie McEwen (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team1 
Teams
1Radioshack-Nissan115 pts
2Movistar Team108 
3Greenedge Cycling Team107 
4Sky Procycling95 
5Rabobank Cycling Team20 
6Lotto Belisol Team18 
7Katusha Team10 
8FDJ-Big Mat7 
9Lampre - ISD6 
10Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
11Liquigas-Cannondale1 
Nations
1Australia188 pts
2Spain114 
3Portugal72 
4Belgium40 
5Norway34 
6Germany22 
7Italy10 
8Belarus7 
9Russia4 
Author: Cycling News

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