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Greipel, Australia top World Rankings

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January 25, 2010, 19:20 GMT,
January 25, 2010, 19:21 GMT
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 25, 2010
André Greipel and his HTC-Columbia teammates

André Greipel and his HTC-Columbia teammates

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HTC-Columbia resumes dominance at Tour Down Under

With his victory in the Tour Down Under, German André Greipel has assumed the early lead in the UCI's World Rankings. The HTC-Columbia sprinter's efforts also put his team at the top of the standings, while strong performances by the Australian riders pushed the host country to the top of the nations rankings.

The World Rankings are calculated based on finishes in all ProTour and Historic races on the UCI's calendar, and are intended to classify the world's best riders.

Last year, the individual ranking was won by Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde in second.

Valverde begins the season in 11th, while his teammate and TDU stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez sits in second overall, 33 points behind Greipel.

New Zealander Greg Henderson handed the new Sky team two victories last week, although the pre-TDU Cancer Council Helpline Classic was not included in the rankings. His stage victory and third place overall in the TDU lands him in third in the rankings.

Australia leads the way in the teams rankings thanks to strong performances by Robbie McEwen (Katusha), Luke Roberts (Milram) and Cadel Evans (BMC), who placed 4th-6th on the general classification in Adelaide.

UCI World Rankings as of January 25, 2010
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 119 pts
2 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 86  
3 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 79  
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 67  
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 54  
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 43  
7 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 30  
8 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 22  
9 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Slipstream 11  
10 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto 7  
11 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 6  
12 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
13 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 5  
14 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack 5  
15 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 4  
16 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 2  
17 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 1  
18 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
1 Australia 175 pts
2 Germany 123  
3 Spain 92  
4 New Zealand 79  
5 Russia 30  
6 Belgium 27  
7 South Africa 11  
8 Portugal 7  
9 Slovakia 2  
10 Italy 1  
11 Switzerland 1  
1 Team HTC - Columbia 119 pts
2 Team Katusha 97  
3 Caisse d'Epargne 92  
4 Sky Professional Cycling Team 85  
5 Team Milram 58  
6 BMC Racing Team 44  
7 Omega Pharma-Lotto 22  
8 Garmin - Transitions 11  
9 Footon-Servetto 7  
10 Rabobank 5  
11 Team Radioshack 5  
12 Liquigas-Doimo 3  

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