Nibali moves to second on WorldTour rankings after Giro victory

Colombia new nations leader, Sky remains top team

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) secured the most important victory of his career on Sunday, as the 28-year-old Italian triumphed in the Giro d’Italia ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Urán (Sky ProCycling) and Australian Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team). And in the WorldTour classification, Nibali has made huge gains as well.

Only Classics star Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) remains ahead of Nibali in the WorldTour after the Italian’s Giro d’Italia win, in which he also took two stages. Now second overall in the rankings, Nibali’s second Grand Tour win after the 2010 Vuelta a España is not the only factor behind his improvement in the WorldTour standings. This year Nibali has also taken the overall victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico for a second year running, where he claimed 106 points. Now, after the Giro d’Italia, he has increased his total to 322 points, while Cancellara, who did not race the Italian Grand Tour, remains on top with 351.

Apart from Nibali, who gained 18 places thanks to the Giro, the other new arrival in the top four of the WorldTour is Colombian Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of the Best Young Rider’s classification in the Giro and fifth overall. After placing well in the Vuelta al País Vasco and in the Ardennes Classics, Betancur is now fourth behind Cancellara, Nibali, and Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling), trailing the Slovakian by 57 points and pushing Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp) down to fifth place.

The final new entry in the top-10 of the WorldTour is Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), fourth in the Giro d’Italia and now in eighth place on the individual classification with 213 points.

While Urán’s podium placing in the Giro d’Italia is the first ever for Colombia in the Italian race, one other major knock-on effect - together with Betancur’s fifth place - is to help propel the South American nation to its first ever lead in the UCI WorldTour. Previously second, Colombia has now moved into the top spot on the nations standings ahead of Italy with 766 points to Italy’s 720, while Spain - previously leaders - have dropped to third overall with 707. Great Britain, previously third, now slides to fourth, while Australia, in large part thanks to Evans, moves up from tenth to fifth.

The teams classification, meanwhile, is relatively stable, with no changes in the top four spots overall as Team Sky, with 865 points, still leads with a solid advantage. The British squad has, in fact, considerably improved its margin over Russia's Katusha from 86 points to 184, although Katusha’s lead on Spanish outfit Movistar - the winners of four stages in the Giro - has shrunk by over a third, from 129 points to 79.

The most significant advance, unsurprisingly, is for Nibali’s Astana team up five places to sixth overall, while Lampre-Merida has gained two spots to move into the top ten.

The next event on the WorldTour calendar is the French stage race Critérium du Dauphiné, taking place June 2-9.

WorldTour rankings - Individuals
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard351pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team322 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling312 
4Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale255 
5Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp247 
6Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha246 
7Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling221 
8Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida213 
9Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling198 
10Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha189 
11Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team182 
12Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling176 
13Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team161 
14Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling153 
15Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step142 
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team140 
17Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step131 
18Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff124 
19Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida118 
20Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling117 
21Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team111 
22Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale111 
23Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team111 
24Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team100 
25Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp96 
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step95 
27Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha90 
28Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team90 
29Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team86 
30Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team83 
31Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff80 
32Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha80 
33Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team80 
34Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha76 
35Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge72 
36Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ72 
37Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step70 
38Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol70 
39Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team66 
40Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp64 
41Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge64 
42Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff63 
43Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team62 
44Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team61 
45Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi61 
46Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling59 
47Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team58 
48Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard52 
49Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge51 
50Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team51 
51Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team50 
52Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard42 
53Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi42 
54Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team41 
55Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol41 
56Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step40 
57Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling40 
58Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale38 
59Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team37 
60Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida33 
61Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi32 
62Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp32 
63Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team30 
64Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team30 
65Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step30 
66Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling27 
67John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano26 
68Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team24 
69Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp24 
70Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team23 
71Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha22 
72Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ21 
73Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida20 
74Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ20 
75André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol20 
76Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling18 
77Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard18 
78Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard18 
79Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step18 
80Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge17 
81Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol16 
82Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano16 
83Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team16 
84Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha16 
85Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team14 
86Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step14 
87Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team14 
88Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team12 
89Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha12 
90Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard11 
91Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
92Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step10 
93Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard10 
94Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step10 
95Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
96Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling9 
97Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team9 
98Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling8 
99Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge8 
100Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida8 
101Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida7 
102Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling7 
103Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard6 
104Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6 
105Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano6 
106Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge6 
107Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team6 
108Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano6 
109Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team5 
110Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge5 
111David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling5 
112John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
113Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ4 
114Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team4 
115Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4 
116Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
117Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ4 
118Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha4 
119Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
120Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
121Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ2 
122Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha2 
123Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
124Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano2 
125Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida2 
126Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
127Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team2 
128Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2 
129Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
130Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team1 
131Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard1 
132Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
133Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ1 
134Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team1 
135Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
136Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
137Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard1 
138Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team1 
139Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ1 
140Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
141Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
142Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team1 
143Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp1 
144Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
145Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team1 
146Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
147Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp1 
148Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
WorldTour rankings - Nations
1Colombia766pts
2Italy720 
3Spain707 
4Great Britain509 
5Australia437 
6Belgium408 
7Netherlands396 
8France366 
9Switzerland362 
10Slovakia322 
11Poland312 
12United States294 
13Slovenia266 
14Ireland247 
15Czech Republic120 
16Norway98 
17Portugal94 
18Germany80 
19Russia42 
20Lithuania32 
21Estonia30 
22Canada30 
23Costa Rica24 
24Austria18 
25Croatia18 
26Ukraine6 
27South Africa6 
28Finland4 
29Kazakhstan4 
30Sweden2 
31Denmark1 
WorldTour rankings - Teams
1Sky Procycling865pts
2Katusha681 
3Movistar Team602 
4RadioShack Leopard481 
5Omega Pharma-Quick Step478 
6Astana Pro Team473 
7Garmin-Sharp463 
8BMC Racing Team437 
9Ag2R La Mondiale418 
10Lampre-Merida392 
11Cannondale Pro Cycling355 
12Blanco Pro Cycling Team344 
13Team Saxo-Tinkoff269 
14Orica-GreenEdge212 
15Lotto Belisol148 
16Euskaltel-Euskadi146 
17FDJ121 
18Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team107 
19Team Argos-Shimano56 
Author: Cycling News

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