Rodriguez takes over WorldTour lead after Lombardia victory

Sky remains top team, Spain leads country rankings

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) has ousted Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) from the number one spot in the UCI’s WorldTour ranking with Spain’s first ever victory in Il Lombardia.

Rodríguez took the victory in the 251km Monument in spectacular style, breaking away on the final climb of the Villa Vergano close to the finish as the rain poured down ever harder. Second was Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez, taking his fourth podium finish in Il Lombardia in a hard-fought sprint against Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling).

Third in the 2011 edition of Il Lombardia, any spot in 2012 from ninth to first would have allowed Rodríguez, second overall and trailing Wiggins (who was not competing) by nine points before the race, to claim what is looking likely to be a clear outright victory in the WorldTour rankings. But to do so with such an impressive lone win was the icing on the cake for the only rider to take two podium finishes in Grand Tours this season: second in the Giro d’Italia in May and then third in the Vuelta a España, after leading the race for two weeks, earlier this month.

Rodríguez now has 692 points to lead Wiggins by 91. From third to eighth in the WorldTour rankings there are no changes in places or points totals, with Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) still in third place with 410. Further down the rankings, however, Sanchez's second place in Il Lombardia and the 80 points that went with it has enabled the Spaniard to move into the top ten overall. Sanchez is now ninth, pushing Rui Faria da Costa (Team Movistar) and Vuelta Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) into tenth and eleventh places respectively.

In the WorldTour nations rankings Spain’s already impressive lead over Great Britain has increased notably thanks to their two top placings in Il Lombardia. Spain now leads by 726 points, up 190 points from their previous total. Their victory in the classification is assured with only one WorldTour event yet to take place in 2012.

There are no changes in positions for the nations ranked one through to seven but Colombia has made a big gain. In just one race, the South American nation has jumped from fourteenth to eighth overall.

Rodríguez's victory in Il Lombardia has had an important effect in the teams classification of the WorldTour, too. Although Sky Procycling has added on another 65 points and their number one spot overall is as unchallengeable as Spain’s in the nations ranking, Katusha Team - just five points behind Liquigas-Cannondale prior to the Italian Classic - is now in the runner’s up spot, 95 points ahead. Given Sky Procycling is still 418 points ahead, with just one round of 2012 World Tour racing remaining, it is mathematically impossible for Katusha Team to overhaul the Britons.

The final round of 2012 WorldTour calendar is China’s Tour of Beijing, from October 9th to 13th.

WorldTour rankings - Individuals
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team692pts
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling601 
3Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep410 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale400 
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team394 
6Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team390 
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling376 
8Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale351 
9Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi332 
10Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team309 
11Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank290 
12Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling241 
13Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp237 
14Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team237 
15Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling199 
16Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling194 
17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team194 
18Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling194 
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team189 
20Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD184 
21Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD184 
22Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team183 
23Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team182 
24Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team181 
25Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale175 
26Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team172 
27André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team162 
28Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep160 
29Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team160 
30Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team150 
31Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team148 
32Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp145 
33Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team143 
34Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan134 
35Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team134 
36Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team134 
37Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp132 
38Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling128 
39Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling122 
40Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team121 
41Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan120 
42Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale120 
43Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team114 
44Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep113 
45Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team112 
46Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team110 
47Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep108 
48Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team106 
49Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team104 
50Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team104 
51Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team100 
52Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi98 
53Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team97 
54Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan94 
55Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan92 
56Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan89 
57Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale88 
58Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat87 
59Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team86 
60Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat85 
61Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team82 
62Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling82 
63Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan80 
64Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team78 
65Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team77 
66Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep75 
67Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan72 
68Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp70 
69Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team70 
70Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep65 
71Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling64 
72Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale63 
73Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team60 
74Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep58 
75Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team56 
76Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan54 
77Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team52 
78Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team52 
79Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51 
80Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan51 
81Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling50 
82Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team47 
83Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan46 
84Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi46 
85Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi44 
86Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale42 
87Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team41 
88Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp40 
89Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40 
90Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team40 
91Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan40 
92Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team37 
93Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team37 
94Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team36 
95Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling36 
96Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi35 
97Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale34 
98John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale33 
99Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team32 
100Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp31 
101Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team30 
102Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD30 
103Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank30 
104Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp30 
105Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank30 
106Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team29 
107Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team29 
108Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale28 
109Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team26 
110Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
111Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling24 
112Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
113Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp23 
114Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team22 
115Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling22 
116Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team22 
117Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team21 
118Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team21 
119Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team21 
120Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank21 
121Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan20 
122Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20 
123Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
124Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat20 
125David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp20 
126Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team20 
127Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team18 
128Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team18 
129Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team18 
130Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD18 
131Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team17 
132Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team17 
133Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team16 
134Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team16 
135Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team16 
136Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale15 
137Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD15 
138Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank14 
139Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
140Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team14 
141Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14 
142Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team14 
143Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14 
144Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat13 
145Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi12 
146Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan11 
147Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10 
148Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team10 
149Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp10 
150Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
151Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10 
152Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team10 
153Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team10 
154Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
155Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
156Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp10 
157Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep10 
158Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan10 
159Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team9 
160Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD9 
161Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp9 
162Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team8 
163Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
164Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team8 
165Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep8 
166Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
167Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8 
168Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team8 
169Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep8 
170Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team7 
171Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat7 
172Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
173Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7 
174Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team6 
175Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team6 
176Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6 
177Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
178Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team6 
179Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team6 
180Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5 
181Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5 
182Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
183Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
184Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4 
185Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD4 
186Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team4 
187Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank4 
188Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team4 
189Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
190Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4 
191Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
192Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat4 
193Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
194Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
195Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan4 
196Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4 
197Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
198Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp4 
199Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4 
200Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank3 
201Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
202Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team2 
203Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team2 
204Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
205Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
206Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
207Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2 
208Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
209Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
210Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
211Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team2 
212Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
213Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling2 
214Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
215Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team2 
216Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
217Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan1 
218Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team1 
219Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team1 
220Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
221Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
222Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team1 
223Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team1 
224Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep1 
225Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
226Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank1 
227Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
228Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank1 
229Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
230Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale1 
231Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
232Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team1 
233Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp1 
234Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team1 
235Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank1 
236Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
237Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team1 
238Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale1 
239Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1 
240Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp1 
241Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
242Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1 
243Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
244José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team1 
WorldTour rankings - Teams
1Sky Procycling1691pts
2Katusha Team1273 
4Omega Pharma-Quickstep1066 
5Movistar Team941 
6Orica GreenEdge920 
7BMC Racing Team917 
8Rabobank Cycling Team799 
9Garmin - Sharp694 
10Lotto Belisol Team625 
11Astana Pro Team622 
13Euskaltel - Euskadi555 
14Lampre - ISD431 
15Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank385 
16Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team343 
17AG2R La Mondiale273 
18FDJ-Big Mat246 
WorldTour rankings - Nations
2Great Britain1163 
7United States530 
17Czech Republic195 
29Costa Rica20 
30South Africa12 
33New Zealand5 

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