UCI WorldTour rankings updated following Tirreno-Adriatico

Nibali debuts at second overall, RadioShack-Nissan top team

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) has debuted at second place overall in the UCI WorldTour rankings after winning Tirreno-Adriatico, the seven-day Italian stage race that concluded on Tuesday, March 13.

The 27-year-old Italian started the final 9.3km time trial in third place in general classification, six seconds behind race leader Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) and one second behind Roman Kreuziger (Astana), but a strong effort against the clock vaulted Nibali past his two GC rivals and into the final leader's jersey. Horner would claim second overall at 14 seconds, while Kreuziger would finish on the final podium in third place at 26 seconds.

Due to his overall victory and a stage victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Nibali now has a total of 112 points and is second in the individual UCI WorldTour rankings. Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in the lead with 167 points after his good performances in both the Tour Down Under in Australia and at Paris-Nice, while Paris-Nice winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) is third, tied with Nibali at 112 points.

"This is an important win for me," said Nibali. "I've always dreamed about winning Tirreno-Adriatico. I've won stages in the past but now I've won overall too, so I'm really happy. When I won the stage to Prati di Tivo, it was about attacking and earning a lot of time quickly, the time trial was all about mental strength."

Others benefiting from good performances at Tirreno-Adriatico include Chris Horner, now sixth in the individual WorldTour rankings with 84 points, while Roman Kreuziger is seventh with 78 points.

Thanks to Horner's strong performance and Fabian Cancellara's victory in the final time trial stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Radioshack-Nissan team has moved past Sky Procycling to take the lead in the UCI WorldTour team ranking.

The Luxembourg-registered team has 233 points, Sky Procycling holds second with 219 points, with Movistar at third with 192 points.

Spain has retained its lead in the nations ranking with 250 points. Italy has jumped from 12th to second overall with 217 points while Australia dropped from second to third at 197 points.

The next events on the WorldTour calendar are the one-day classic Milan-San Remo on March 17 and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage race, March 19-25.

WorldTour rankings - Individuals
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team167pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale112 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling112 
4Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team110 
5Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team92 
6Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan84 
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team78 
8Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan72 
9Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team62 
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale61 
11Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61 
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51 
13Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team51 
14Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team46 
15Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40 
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan40 
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling40 
18Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD31 
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan30 
20André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team22 
21Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20 
22Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep20 
23Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
24Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team15 
25Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
26Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team10 
27Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team10 
28Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale9 
29Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
30Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan7 
31Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team7 
32Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
33Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
34Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
35Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan6 
36Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6 
37Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6 
38Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6 
39Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6 
40Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5 
41Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5 
42Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5 
43Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4 
44Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4 
45Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
46Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan4 
47Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda3 
48Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3 
49Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team2 
50Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda2 
51Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
52Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank1 
53Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
54Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1 
55Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
56Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1 
57Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda1 
58Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1 
59Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
60Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
61Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
WorldTour rankings - Teams
1RadioShack-Nissan233pts
2Sky Procycling219 
3Movistar Team192 
4Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team176 
5Katusha Team126 
6Liquigas-Cannondale123 
7GreenEdge Cycling Team118 
8Astana Pro Team89 
9AG2R La Mondiale74 
10BMC Racing Team52 
11FDJ-Big Mat47 
12Lampre - ISD42 
13Omega Pharma-Quickstep33 
14Lotto Belisol Team31 
15Rabobank Cycling Team27 
16Garmin - Barracuda6 
17Team Saxo Bank1 
WorldTour rankings - Nations
1Spain250pts
2Italy217 
3Australia197 
4Netherlands163 
5United States141 
6Great Britain118 
7Belgium91 
8Czech Republic78 
9Portugal72 
10France72 
11Slovenia67 
12Norway41 
13Germany30 
14Croatia10 
15Slovakia9 
16Belarus7 
17Switzerland6 
18Sweden6 
19Russia4 
20Canada1 
21New Zealand1 
Author: Cycling News

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