Greipel, Australia top World Rankings

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
1André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia119pts
2Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne86 
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team79 
4Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha67 
5Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram54 
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team43 
7Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha30 
8Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
9Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Slipstream11 
10Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto7 
11Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
12Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
13Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank5 
14Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack5 
15Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram4 
16Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo2 
17Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
18Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
Nations
1Australia175pts
2Germany123 
3Spain92 
4New Zealand79 
5Russia30 
6Belgium27 
7South Africa11 
8Portugal7 
9Slovakia2 
10Italy1 
11Switzerland1 
Teams
1Team HTC - Columbia119pts
2Team Katusha97 
3Caisse d'Epargne92 
4Sky Professional Cycling Team85 
5Team Milram58 
6BMC Racing Team44 
7Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
8Garmin - Transitions11 
9Footon-Servetto7 
10Rabobank5 
11Team Radioshack5 
12Liquigas-Doimo3 

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