Quintana up to second on WorldTour standings after Tour de Romandie win

Sagan and Tinkoff continue reign as top individual and team

Nairo Quintana's second WorldTour general classification of 2016 at the Tour de Romandie lifted the Movistar rider from sixth to second on the individual standings although Peter Sagan holds onto his lead despite a break from racing since Paris-Roubaix. There was no change at the top of the team or nation standings with Tinkoff and Spain enjoying another week in charge.

Quintana's Tour de Romandie victory lifted the Colombian's points tally from 178 to 285 points and continues his run of finishing on the podium in his first three WorldTour races of the season. The 25-year-old won the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in March before finishing third overall at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco and discussed the possibility of adding the Tour de Suisse to his race calendar next month as a final warm up race for July's Tour de France.

"Why not ride the Tour de Suisse? I like this country, they've always treated me well here," said Quintana who will first head home to Boyaca, Colombia. "I've still not decided what to do, though. What is clear is we've got a goal, we know how to work for it and we don't have to worry about what the others do. We'll do our thing as best we can so we can reach the start of the Tour in the best possible condition."

Ilnur Zakarin was another big mover in the top-ten with the Katusha rider improving from tenth to fifth after he finished fourth overall at the Tour de Romandie, a week after his fifth place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Romandie runner-up Thibaut Pinot improved his standings from 16th to eighth after another impressive early-season showing that including a debut time trial win in a WorldTour race.

In total 130 riders have now scored WorldTour points with Sagan enjoying a healthy lead out in front on 329 points.

While Tinkoff continues to lead the team standings, Movistar jumped from sixth to third thanks to Quintana's win and teammate Jon Izaguirre's third place. At the bottom of the team standings, Tom Dumoulin's fifth place at Tour de Romandie lifted Giant-Alpecin from 18th to 15th place as Dimension Data dropped to last place. Astana and AG2R are the only other teams with less then 100 points on 84.

In the nation standings, there was no change to the top ten although there were two new entrants. Andrey Amador's first WorldTour points of the season has seen Costa Rica enter the standings in 26th place while Spain remains top on 693 points. Cannondale's Ramunas Navardauskas also picked up his and Lithuania's first points of the season with the European nation now sitting in last place of the 30 nations with one point.

The next WorldTour race on the calendar is the Giro d'Italia with 170 points awarded to the winner

WorldTour standings - May 1

Individual
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team329 pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team285 
3Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team280 
4Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team222 
5Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha211 
6Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky204 
7Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo201 
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ200 
9Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo166 
10Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team162 
11Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida152 
12Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky147 
13Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ137 
14Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team131 
15Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team130 
16Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step126 
17Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky120 
18Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge119 
19Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha106 
20Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky105 
21Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky104 
22Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge102 
23Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge100 
24Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky92 
25Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal84 
26Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step82 
27Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team81 
28Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step80 
29Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step72 
30Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha71 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Tinkoff Team771 pts
2Team Sky680 
3Movistar Team577 
4BMC Racing Team576 
5Team Katusha488 
6Etixx - Quick-Step417 
7FDJ412 
8Orica-GreenEdge398 
9Trek-Segafredo239 
10Team LottoNl-Jumbo216 
11Lampre - Merida189 
12Lotto Soudal170 
13Cannondale Pro Cycling115 
14IAM Cycling114 
15Team Giant-Alpecin114 
16AG2R La Mondiale84 
17Astana Pro Team84 
18Dimension Data75 
Nations
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Spain693 pts
2Australia579 
3Belgium557 
4Colombia524 
5France519 
6Great Britain398 
7Switzerland359 
8Slovakia329 
9Netherlands301 
10Russia270 
11Norway158 
12Portugal152 
13Ireland126 
14Italy120 
15Poland105 
16Czech Republic92 
17Luxembourg78 
18United States66 
19Denmark62 
20Slovenia55 
21Canada54 
22Germany44 
23Latvia20 
24New Zealand6 
25Kazakhstan6 
26Costa Rica4 
27South Africa4 
28Eritrea2 
29Belarus1 
30Lithuania1 

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