Sagan new leader of WorldTour

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
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling232pts
2Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard151 
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha144 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step142 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling117 
6Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling113 
7Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team111 
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp107 
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team106 
10Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp92 
11Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling86 
12Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team86 
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff72 
14Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida71 
15Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale71 
16Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team70 
17Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team62 
18Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team61 
19Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step61 
20Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi61 
21Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha60 
22Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard52 
23Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling51 
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team50 
25Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team50 
26Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard42 
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team41 
28Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team41 
29Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling40 
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha40 
31Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida40 
32Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi32 
33Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida32 
34Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team30 
35Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge30 
36Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team30 
37Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team24 
38Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ22 
39Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team22 
40Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ21 
41Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha20 
42Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida20 
43André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol20 
44Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling18 
45Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step16 
46Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step15 
47Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step14 
48Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge12 
49Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge12 
50Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol11 
51Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard11 
52Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step10 
53Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard10 
54Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
55Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling8 
56Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard6 
57Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6 
58Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6 
59Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team6 
60Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team6 
61Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6 
62Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano6 
63Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6 
64Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team6 
65Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6 
66Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge6 
67Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano6 
68Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ6 
69David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling5 
70Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida5 
71Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp4 
72Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team4 
73Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ4 
74Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ4 
75Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
76Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Merida4 
77Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team4 
78Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha4 
79Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida4 
80Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4 
81Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team4 
82Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
83Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
84Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team2 
85Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard2 
86Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
87Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2 
88Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
89Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp1 
90Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team1 
91Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
92Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
93Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team1 
94Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard1 
95Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ1 
96Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
97Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team1 
98Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
99Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
100Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp1 
101Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
WorldTour - Nations
3Great Britain309 
7United States230 
17Costa Rica24 
WorldTour - Teams
1Sky Procycling407pts
3RadioShack Leopard266 
4Omega Pharma-Quick Step248 
5Cannondale Pro Cycling244 
7Blanco Pro Cycling Team203 
8BMC Racing Team198 
9Movistar Team188 
10Astana Pro Team176 
13Ag2R La Mondiale85 
14Team Saxo-Tinkoff74 
15Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team63 
18Lotto Belisol33 
19Team Argos-Shimano12 

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