Contador top of WorldTour rankings

Ag2r back in team ranking lead, Spain number one country

Of the 99 riders who have now scored UCI WorldTour points, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) sits atop the individual rankings with a total of 198 points, followed by Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with 143 and 137 points respectively.

Due to Contador's second place at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, behind Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Spain now also lead the national rankings while Ag2r-La Mondiale is back on top in the team rankings.

With two races offering points over the weekend with the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in Spain and Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium, a shake up of the UCI WorldTour classifications was always on the cards. Rodriguez, who was victorious in his home race for the second time in his career, moved up to sixth in the individual rankings and is the defending champion of the season-long ranking.

"This was a lot harder than in when I won in 2010," Rodríguez said of the race he won overall. "This time, with so many rivals so close to me overall, it all stayed undecided right the way through to the last metre of the last stage. The smallest piece of bad luck could have changed everything."

In Gent-Wevelgem, Giant-Shimano's John Degenkolb's impressive bunch sprint win ahead of France's Arnaud Demare ( and E3 Harelbeke winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) resulted in further changes at the top of the rankings. A crash in the finale affected sprinters, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), reducing the number of Degenkolb's rivals, but the timing of his final acceleration in the last metres of the 233km race proved decisive. DEgenkolb rose to ninth in the individual rankings thanks to his win. He now has 94 points and moved up 30 places.

Former leaders Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) dropped to fourth and fifth respectively.

In the nations classification, long-standing leaders Australia dropped down a place as Spain romped ahead of them with a new total of 455 points thanks to the efforts of Contador and Rodriguez. Australia, now in second, remain with their previous total of 336, whilst France advance to third with 310 points as Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano) finished top-ten in Catalunya.

The team classification has also seen a change of leader, with Ag2r-La Mondiale now back in the number one spot they occupied briefly earlier this year after Paris-Nice. This time their advantage of 309 points over Movistar (271), looks much more solid than earlier in the year. Tinkoff-Saxo also made an large advance, jumping three places to third overall with 269 points.

The next UCI WorldTour event is the Tour of Flanders, which takes place on Sunday April 6.

Individual rankings
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 198  pts
2 Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale 143  
3 Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 137  
4 Carlos Betancur (COL) Ag2r-La Mondiale 114  
5 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 114  
6 Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 107  
7 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha 101  
8 John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Shimano 94  
9 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing 90  
10 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 88  
11 Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida 88  
12 Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida 83  
13 Arthur Vichot (FRA) 78  
14 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 77  
15 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 75  
16 Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 71  
17 Ben Swift (GBR) Team Sky 70  
18 Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Belkin Pro Cycling 70  
19 José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team 68  
20 Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky 67  
21 Arnaud Démare (FRA) 65  
22 Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 64  
23 Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 61  
24 Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 60  
25 Juan José Lobato (ESP) Movistar Team 60  
Team rankings
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Ag2r-La Mondiale 309  pts
2 Movistar Team 271  
3 Team Tinkoff-Saxo 269  
4 Team Katusha 264  
5 Team Sky 257  
6 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 221  
7 Lampre-Merida 195  
8 BMC Racing Team 187  
9 Trek Factory Racing 179  
10 Orica-GreenEDGE 156  
11 151  
12 Cannondale 148  
13 Giant-Shimano 127  
14 Belkin Pro Cycling 127  
15 Garmin-Sharp 110  
16 Astana 84  
17 Lotto-Belisol 63  
18 Team Europcar 46  
Nation rankings
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1  Spain 455  pts
2  Australia 336  
3  France 310  
4  Colombia 301  
5  Great Britain 244  
6  Italy 179  
7  Slovakia 153  
8  Belgium 150  
9  Netherlands 126  
10  Germany 123  
11  United States 120  
12  Norway 108  
13  Czech Republic 104  
14   Switzerland 90  
15  Portugal 88  


Author: Cycling News

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