Rodriguez challenges Wiggins for WorldTour lead

Sky, Great Britain top minor rankings

After two heartbreaking near-victories in Grand Tours this season, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is closing in on the top of the WorldTour individual rankings. After placing third overall in the Vuelta a España, the Spaniard sits just nine points behind leader and Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky).

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is a distant third, nearly 200 points behind Wiggins, following his victory in Paris-Brussels on Saturday. Giro di Padania winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is a further ten points behind in fourth.

The biggest movers of the week were Vuelta champion Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff), who rocketed up the standings to 10th overall with 280 points.

Also rising fast was Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), who surged to 29th from 53rd thanks to his seventh place overall in the Vuelta.

Christopher Froome (Sky) finished just off the podium in the Vuelta, but his fourth place overall helped to move Great Britain into the second spot in the nations rankings over Italy. Spain still leads by a large margin. In the team rankings, Sky is head and shoulders above the rest, a whopping 491 points ahead of Katusha, with Liquigas-Cannondale next in line.

Other movers include two riders whose Vuelta results pushed them up 82 places: Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD), who finished in 15th overall and to 135th and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) who failed to finish the race but placed well in a number of sprint stages. He now sits in 142nd place.

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) narrowly made the top 10 in the Vuelta, and moved up 75 places into 79th overall in the WorldTour rankings.

WorldTour standings as of September 9, 2012

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling601 pts
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team592 
3Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep410 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale400 
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team394 
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling376 
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale351 
8Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team350 
9Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team299 
10Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff280 
11Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi252 
12Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team237 
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling211 
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp197 
15Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling194 
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team189 
17Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD184 
18Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD184 
19Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team183 
20Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team182 
21Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team181 
22Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team172 
23Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team164 
24André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team162 
25Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep160 
26Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team160 
27Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team150 
28Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team148 
29Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp145 
30Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling144 
31Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team143 
32Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan134 
33Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team134 
34Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team134 
35Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp132 
36Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling129 
37Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling128 
38Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team121 
39Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan120 
40Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale120 
41Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale115 
42Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team114 
43Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep113 
44Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team112 
45Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep108 
46Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team106 
47Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team104 
48Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team104 
49Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana100 
50Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi98 
51Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team97 
52Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan94 
53Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan92 
54Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan89 
55Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale88 
56Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat87 
57Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team86 
58Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat85 
59Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling82 
60Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan80 
61Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team77 
62Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep75 
63Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team72 
64Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan72 
65Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp70 
66Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team70 
67Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep65 
68Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling64 
69Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale63 
70Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team60 
71Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team60 
72Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep58 
73Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team56 
74Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan54 
75Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team52 
76Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51 
77Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan51 
78Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling50 
79Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team47 
80Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan46 
81Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi46 
82Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi44 
83Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling42 
84Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale42 
85Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team41 
86Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp40 
87Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40 
88Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team40 
89Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan40 
90Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team38 
91Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team37 
92Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team37 
93Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team36 
94Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling36 
95Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi35 
96Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale34 
97John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale33 
98Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team32 
99Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp31 
100Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team30 
101Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD30 
102Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank30 
103Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp30 
104Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank30 
105Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team29 
106Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale28 
107Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team26 
108Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team25 
109Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
110Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling24 
111Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
112Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp23 
113Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team22 
114Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling22 
115Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team22 
116Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team21 
117Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team21 
118Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team21 
119Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank21 
120Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
121Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
122Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat20 
123David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp20 
124Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team20 
125Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team18 
126Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team18 
127Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team18 
128Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD18 
129Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team17 
130Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team17 
131Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team16 
132Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team16 
133Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team16 
134Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale15 
135Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD15 
136Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank14 
137Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
138Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team14 
139Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14 
140Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team14 
141Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
142Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat13 
143Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi12 
144Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10 
145Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp10 
146Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
147Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10 
148Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team10 
149Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team10 
150Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team10 
151Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
152Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
153Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp10 
154Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep10 
155Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan10 
156Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan9 
157Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team9 
158Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD9 
159Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp9 
160Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team8 
161Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
162Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team8 
163Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep8 
164Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
165Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8 
166Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team8 
167Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep8 
168Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team7 
169Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat7 
170Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
171Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
172Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team6 
173Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team6 
174Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6 
175Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
176Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team6 
177Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
178Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5 
179Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5 
180Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
181Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
182Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4 
183Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team4 
184Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD4 
185Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat4 
186Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
187Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team4 
188Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
189Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
190Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank4 
191Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
192Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
193Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan4 
194Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4 
195Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
196Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp4 
197Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4 
198Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank3 
199Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
200Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team2 
201Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
202Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team2 
203Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
204Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
205Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
206Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
207Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
208Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team2 
209Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
210Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
211Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
212Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team2 
213Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2 
214Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank1 
215Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank1 
216Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team1 
217Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team1 
218Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
219Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
220Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan1 
221Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
222Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
223Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
224Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team1 
225Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale1 
226Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
227Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
228Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep1 
229Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team1 
230Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp1 
231Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
232Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team1 
233Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank1 
234Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
235Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team1 
236Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale1 
237Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1 
238Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp1 
239Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
240Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1 
241Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
242José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Spain1699 pts
2Great Britain1163 
7United States Of America530 
17Czech Republic195 
21Russian Federation113 
29Costa Rica20 
30South Africa12 
33New Zealand5 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling1526 pts
2Katusha Team1035 
4Omega Pharma - Quickstep866 
5Movistar Team821 
6BMC Racing Team747 
7Orica - GreenEdge Cycling Team740 
8Rabobank Cycling Team649 
9Pro Team Astana622 
10Lotto Belisol Team611 
14Lampre - ISD431 
15Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank375 
16Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team343 
17AG2R La Mondiale273 
18FDJ-Big Mat246 


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