Goss heads UCI WorldTour rankings after Milan-San Remo triumph

HTC-Highroad top team standings

Matt Goss’ (HTC-Highroad) Milan-San Remo victory has seen him take a commanding lead at the head of the UCI WorldTour rankings. The Australian inherits the top spot from fellow countryman Cadel Evans (BMC) and teammate Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad), winners of Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice respectively.

Goss has been a hugely consistent performer in WorldTour events in 2011 and that regularity is reflected by the ample margin of his lead. As well as picking up 100 points for winning Milan-San Remo, Goss took stage wins the Santos Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice to bring his total to 203.

Michele Scarponi’s (Lampre-ISD) strong showings at Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico see him move up to second in the standings, albeit 85 points behind Goss. Evans and Martin remained locked together in joint 3rd place, while Tour Down Under winner Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervélo) lies in 5th.

It looks as though Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) will be difficult to separate throughout the spring, and the duo head north for the cobbled classics level on 86 points apiece.

With WorldTour points up for grabs at both Gent-Wevelgem and the Volta a Catalunya in the next seven days, there may well be a significant shake up in the rankings in the coming week, but given his current form, Matt Goss has every reason to be confident of building on his lead in Belgium.

Goss’ HTC-Highroad squad have a healthy advantage at the top of the team standings, well clear of the early season’s other dominant force, Rabobank. BMC’s leaders Evans and Alessandro Ballan have contributed handsomely to their team’s third place in the standings, while RadioShack lie in 4th.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Quick Step remain the only of the eighteen ProTeams to have failed to pick up a single WorldTour ranking point so far in 2011, while Saxo Bank-SunGard’s reliance on Alberto Contador so far is reflected by its 17th place in the standings.

Not surprisingly, given the exploits of Goss, Evans and Meyer at WorldTour level, Australia stand top of the national rankings, ahead of Italy. Great Britain currently lie in 4th place, and will be hoping to maintain a position in the top ten in order to ensure that Mark Cavendish will have a full complement of support at the world championships in Copenhagen.

The top ten nations in the UCI WorldTour rankings on August 15 are entitled to field nine riders at the Worlds.


WorldTour rankings after Milan-San Remo

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad203 pts
2Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD118 
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team108 
4Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad108 
5Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo106 
6Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack88 
7Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek86 
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto86 
9Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling82 
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team80 
11Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling74 
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale71 
13Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team70 
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale62 
15Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team60 
16Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi59 
17Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team52 
18Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team50 
19Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team46 
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale41 
21Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad40 
22André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto38 
23Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack30 
24Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack30 
25Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD26 
26Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale20 
27Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack20 
28Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12 
29Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling11 
30Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team10 
31Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana10 
32Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10 
33Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo10 
34Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard9 
35Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo8 
36Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team RadioShack7 
37Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana7 
38Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD5 
39Stuart O'grady (Aus) Leopard Trek4 
40Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling4 
41Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek4 
42Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
43Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
44Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team4 
45Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
46Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team2 
47Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale2 
48Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad2 
49Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team2 
50Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
51Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2 
52Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
53Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard2 
54Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling2 
55Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team2 
56Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
57Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
58Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling1 
59Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo1 
60Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
61Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team1 
62Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad1 
63Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
64Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
65Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
66David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team1 
67Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1HTC-Highroad354 pts
2Rabobank Cycling Team216 
3BMC Racing Team178 
4Team Radioshack175 
5Sky Procycling173 
6Lampre - ISD155 
8Omega Pharma-Lotto126 
9Team Garmin-Cervelo125 
10Leopard Trek94 
11Ag2R La Mondiale61 
13Katusha Team56 
14Movistar Team50 
15Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team19 
16Pro Team Astana17 
17Saxo Bank Sungard11 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia497 pts
4Great Britain157 
12United States30 
13New Zealand11 
19Costa Rica1 

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