Simon Yates to be crowned WorldTour champion ahead of Peter Sagan

No change at the top of the ranking after Il Lombardia and Tour of Turkey

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is set to be crowned 2018 WorldTour champion at the end of this week. The Briton remains at the top of the rankings after Il Lombardia and the Tour of Turkey wrapped up this weekend, with this week's Tour of Guangxi the final event on the WorldTour calendar.

There was no change in the top 10 after the weekend, with Yates, who has led the way since winning the Vuelta a España in the middle of September, standing ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) round out the top five. 

Neither Yates nor Sagan have raced at WorldTour level since the Vuelta. Valverde, on the other hand, rode Il Lombardia on Saturday but made no significant inroads as he finished 11th. Even if he'd have won the race, the 500-point haul would still have left him just shy of Yates.

Yates stands on 3,072 points, with Sagan on 2,992 and Valverde on 2,609. None of them are racing the Tour of Guangxi, so there are no more opportunities for the standings to chance. In fact, no one in the top 15 is racing in China this week, so the only changes that can be expected are minor rises for Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven (19th), FDJ's Arnaud Démare (20th), and BMC's Richie Porte (25th). For Stuyven or Démare to crack the top 10 they'd have to win every stage and the overall.

The big riser thanks to this weekend's action was Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), whose 500 points for his Il Lombardia victory catapulted him 17 places into 17th overall. Runner-up Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) jumped some 23 places to go 35th, while third-placed Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) leaped 19 places into 37th. Fourth-placed Rigoberto Urán (EF-Drapac) moved 18 places to sit just outside the top 50, and fifth-placed Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) was fifth at Lombardia and rose seven places into 18th.

Over at the Tour of Turkey, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) finished fourth overall to move up nine places into 31st, while Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) all scored well at the race to make advances in the standings, though all outside the top 50.

Yates amassed the bulk of his lead at the Vuelta, though he did score well throughout the season. He won three stages at the Giro d'Italia and was successful in week-long races, with a stage win and second overall at Paris-Nice, a stage win and fourth overall at the Volta a Catalunya, and a stage win and second overall at the Tour de Pologne.

Yates has the WorldTour classification wrapped up but he sits second in the 'World Ranking', which works on a rolling 12-month basis, rather than from the start to the end of the season. Valverde leads those standings, with Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) in third. 

Back in the WorldTour rankings, the teams classification is set to be won be Quick-Step Floors, who have an unassailable lead over Team Sky in second and Bora-Hansgrohe in third.

The Tour of Guangxi begins on Tuesday and finishes on Sunday, after which the WorldTour awards will be given out at the UCI Cycling Gala.

UCI 2018 WorldTour Ranking

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott3072 pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe2992 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team2609 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky2534 
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2442 
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors2399 
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb2393 
8Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors2161 
9Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky1976 
10Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb1975 
11Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo1951 
12Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team1803 
13Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team1610 
14Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1530 
15Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale1516 
16Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky1515 
17Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ1500 
18Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1480 
19Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo1456 
20Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo1448 
21Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ1447 
22Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1417 
23Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida1403 
24Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors1380 
25Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team1368 
26Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors1324 
27Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates1323 
28Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team1209 
29Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky1204 
30Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott1137 
31Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1127 
32Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates1101 
33Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal1095 
34Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott1072 
35Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1046 
36Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors1021 
37Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team991 
38Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida987 
39Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors980 
40Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team956 
41Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe929 
42George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo906 
43Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo904 
44Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale858 
45Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team842 
46Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott842 
47Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida842 
48Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe841 
49Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team807 
50Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale798 
51Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale797 
52Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe779 
53Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team775 
54Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team774 
55Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe750 
56Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors741 
57Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale728 
58Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida698 
59Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida686 
60Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates669 
61Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe664 
62Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb640 
63Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida629 
64Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott619 
65Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb618 
66Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo608 
67John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo577 
68Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team564 
69Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe560 
70Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors537 
71Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo520 
72Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors512 
73Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin508 
74Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors497 
75Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data497 
76Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data462 
77Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin462 
78Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ459 
79Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe458 
80Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo457 
81Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale455 
82Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale454 
83Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal448 
84Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo443 
85Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott442 
86Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors416 
87Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb413 
88Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo406 
89Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team404 
90Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ397 
91Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team395 
92Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky391 
93Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team388 
94Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team387 
95Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal349 
96Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team349 
97Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale343 
98Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team336 
99David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky332 
100Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky328 
Team Ranking
#Team NameResult
1Quick-Step Floors13048 pts
2Team Sky9818 
4BMC Racing Team8749 
6Astana Pro Team7513 
8Movistar Team7218 
9Team Sunweb7216 
10Team LottoNl-Jumbo6998 
11AG2R La Mondiale6344 
12UAE Team Emirates5430 
15Lotto Soudal4684 
16Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale4246 
18Dimension Data1896 
UCI World Ranking
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4168 pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott3160 
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors3106 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe3092 
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors2991 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky2777 
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2744 
8Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb2693 
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal2663 
10Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2545 

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