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Sagan new leader of WorldTour

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Cycling News
Published:
March 25, 2013, 18:08 GMT,
Updated:
March 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 25, 2013
Race:
Gent - Wevelgem
Ride 'em cowboy: Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins Gent-Wevelgem

Ride 'em cowboy: Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins Gent-Wevelgem

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Spain remains top nation, Sky continues to lead team standings

After moving into the UCI WorldTour individual rankings lead with a runner-up finish Friday at E3 Harelbeke, Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) extended his lead in the rankings with a solo victory at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Sagan celebrated his first UCI WorldTour Classic victory by pulling a wheelie while crossing the finish line.

"It's great to have won. This race perhaps isn't a monument, one of the biggest Classics, like Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix but I'm still very happy," he said.

The Slovakian champion scored 80 points for his victory at Gent-Wevelgem, increasing his points total to 232. Classics rival Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard), who soloed to victory at the E3 Harelbeke, is second overall with 151 points.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is third in the individual ranking with 144 points after he finished second overall in the Volta a Catalunya stage race in Spain. The week-long stage race was won by Ireland's Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp), with Italy's Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) third overall.

Martin scored 100 points for his overall victory and debuts at eighth overall in the individual ranking.

Team Sky continues to lead the team ranking, while Spain stays on top of the nations ranking. Team Sky has a total of 407 points. Katusha is second with 268 points and RadioShack-Leopard is third with 266 points.

Dan Martin: King of Catalunya

Daniel Martin also celebrated his first major UCI WorldTour success on Sunday. The Irish climber confirmed his potential by winning stage four with a solo attack from the day's early break and then defended his slim race lead with intelligence and some excellent support from his team.

Martin lives in Catalunya and so celebrated winning his "home" race.

"I'm really, really happy. Winning at home is very special," he said. "This is the best win of my career and I think it's the best I've ever performed. Now my next goal is to do well in the Ardennes Classics in April."

The UCI WorldTour continues in Belgium on Easter Sunday with the Tour of Flanders. Sagan is the favourite for victory but will face strong competition from Cancellara plus 2012 winner Tom Boonen and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team.

WorldTour - Individuals
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 232 pts
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 151  
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 144  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 142  
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 117  
6 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 113  
7 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 111  
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 107  
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 106  
10 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 92  
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 86  
12 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 86  
13 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 72  
14 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 71  
15 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 71  
16 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 70  
17 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 62  
18 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 61  
19 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 61  
20 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 61  
21 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 60  
22 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 52  
23 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 51  
24 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 50  
25 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 50  
26 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 42  
27 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 41  
28 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 41  
29 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 40  
30 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 40  
31 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 40  
32 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 32  
33 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 32  
34 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 30  
35 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 30  
36 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 30  
37 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 24  
38 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 22  
39 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 22  
40 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 21  
41 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 20  
42 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 20  
43 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 20  
44 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 18  
45 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 16  
46 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15  
47 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 14  
48 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 12  
49 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 12  
50 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 11  
51 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 11  
52 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 10  
53 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 10  
54 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
55 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 8  
56 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard 6  
57 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
58 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6  
59 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6  
60 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 6  
61 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 6  
62 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 6  
63 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6  
64 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 6  
65 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
66 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 6  
67 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 6  
68 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 6  
69 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 5  
70 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 5  
71 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4  
72 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 4  
73 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ 4  
74 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 4  
75 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
76 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4  
77 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4  
78 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 4  
79 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4  
80 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
81 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4  
82 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3  
83 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2  
84 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 2  
85 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 2  
86 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2  
87 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
88 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
89 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1  
90 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 1  
91 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
92 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
93 Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 1  
94 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 1  
95 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 1  
96 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1  
97 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
98 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1  
99 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
100 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 1  
101 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1  
WorldTour - Nations
1 Spain 395 pts
2 Italy 319  
3 Great Britain 309  
4 France 266  
5 Netherlands 245  
6 Slovakia 238  
7 United States 230  
8 Switzerland 160  
9 Australia 145  
10 Belgium 143  
11 Ireland 107  
12 Slovenia 101  
13 Poland 101  
14 Colombia 70  
15 Germany 43  
16 Norway 28  
17 Costa Rica 24  
18 Austria 18  
19 Portugal 11  
20 Ukraine 6  
21 Canada 6  
22 Finland 4  
23 Kazakhstan 4  
24 Russia 4  
25 Croatia 2  
WorldTour - Teams
1 Sky Procycling 407 pts
2 Katusha 268  
3 RadioShack Leopard 266  
4 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 248  
5 Cannondale Pro Cycling 244  
6 Garmin-Sharp 205  
7 Blanco Pro Cycling Team 203  
8 BMC Racing Team 198  
9 Movistar Team 188  
10 Astana Pro Team 176  
11 Lampre-Merida 168  
12 Euskaltel-Euskadi 94  
13 Ag2R La Mondiale 85  
14 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 74  
15 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 63  
16 Orica-GreenEdge 62  
17 FDJ 57  
18 Lotto Belisol 33  
19 Team Argos-Shimano 12  

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