Boonen takes over WorldTour rankings

Following his impressive third victory of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has taken over the leadership in the WorldTour rankings. Just nine days after he took a record breaking fifth win in the E-3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, and a week after his third victory in Gent-Wevelgem, the Belgian gathered enough points to relegate Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) to second.

Seventh in the UCI's top league after the E-3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and fourth after Gent-Wevelgem, Boonen's score increased to 266 points with his Tour of Flanders victory, while Gerrans, who held the lead first after winning the Tour Down Under and again after his fine victory in Milano-San Remo, remained at 210. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) dropped from second to third with 182 points.

However, Nibali's advantage over his talented young teammate Peter Sagan, a hugely impressive fifth in Sunday's race, amounts only to three points. Sagan's latest top result enables him to move up the ranks from sixth to fourth, with 179 points.

Between Nibali's score and the upcoming Sagan, the Italian Liquigas-Cannondale squad has also gained enough points to oust British Sky ProCycling from the top spot of the teams ranking. Boonen's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team is now third overall, three places higher than a week ago. Two former leaders of the ranking, GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan have dropped to fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

However, the difference between Liquigas-Cannondale and fifth placed RadioShack-Nissan is a mere 61 points, making the battle for supremacy in the ranking undecided. But the teams will not have to wait long to see if they can amass more points: the Vuelta al País Vasco stage race, the next round of the UCI WorldTour, begins on April 2nd.

In the nations classification, Belgium has soared to top spot ahead of long-standing leaders Spain, followed by Italy. However, the Belgians' advantage is minimal - just six points, 467 to Spain's 461. Thanks to Alessandro Ballan's podium spot in Flanders, Italy has a comfortable margin of 119 over fourth-placed Australia. This means the battle for the nations ranking looks increasingly like a three-way duel.

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WorldTour standings - Individuals
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep266pts
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team210Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale182Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale179Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team167Row 4 - Cell 3
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team140Row 5 - Cell 3
7Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team112Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling112Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team96Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team92Row 9 - Cell 3
11Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi88Row 10 - Cell 3
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan86Row 11 - Cell 3
13Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan84Row 12 - Cell 3
14Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team78Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan72Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team70Row 15 - Cell 3
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling70Row 16 - Cell 3
18Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling63Row 17 - Cell 3
19Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team62Row 18 - Cell 3
20Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale61Row 19 - Cell 3
21Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61Row 20 - Cell 3
22Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team60Row 21 - Cell 3
23Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team60Row 22 - Cell 3
24Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda60Row 23 - Cell 3
25Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team51Row 24 - Cell 3
26Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51Row 25 - Cell 3
27Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling50Row 26 - Cell 3
28Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team46Row 27 - Cell 3
29Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD44Row 28 - Cell 3
30Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team41Row 29 - Cell 3
31Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep40Row 30 - Cell 3
32Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan40Row 32 - Cell 3
34Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan33Row 33 - Cell 3
35Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda31Row 34 - Cell 3
36Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD31Row 35 - Cell 3
37Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team30Row 36 - Cell 3
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan30Row 37 - Cell 3
39Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep24Row 38 - Cell 3
40André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team22Row 39 - Cell 3
41Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team21Row 40 - Cell 3
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20Row 41 - Cell 3
43Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20Row 42 - Cell 3
44Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep15Row 43 - Cell 3
45Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team15Row 44 - Cell 3
46Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat14Row 45 - Cell 3
47Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team14Row 46 - Cell 3
48Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10Row 47 - Cell 3
49Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10Row 48 - Cell 3
50Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10Row 49 - Cell 3
51Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8Row 50 - Cell 3
52Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7Row 51 - Cell 3
53Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team7Row 52 - Cell 3
54Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7Row 53 - Cell 3
55Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team6Row 54 - Cell 3
56Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6Row 55 - Cell 3
57Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6Row 56 - Cell 3
58Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team6Row 57 - Cell 3
59Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6Row 58 - Cell 3
60Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 59 - Cell 3
61Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5Row 60 - Cell 3
62Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5Row 61 - Cell 3
63Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team5Row 62 - Cell 3
64Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 63 - Cell 3
65Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4Row 64 - Cell 3
66Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 65 - Cell 3
67Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4Row 66 - Cell 3
68Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 67 - Cell 3
69Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale4Row 68 - Cell 3
70Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4Row 69 - Cell 3
71Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team4Row 70 - Cell 3
72Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan4Row 71 - Cell 3
73Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda3Row 72 - Cell 3
74Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 73 - Cell 3
75Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team2Row 74 - Cell 3
76Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team2Row 75 - Cell 3
77Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda2Row 76 - Cell 3
78Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 77 - Cell 3
79Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 78 - Cell 3
80Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1Row 79 - Cell 3
81Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1Row 80 - Cell 3
82Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 81 - Cell 3
83Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 82 - Cell 3
84Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1Row 83 - Cell 3
85Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan1Row 84 - Cell 3
86Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 85 - Cell 3
87Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda1Row 86 - Cell 3
88Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank1Row 87 - Cell 3
89Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 88 - Cell 3
90Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank1Row 89 - Cell 3
91Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1Row 90 - Cell 3
92Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 91 - Cell 3
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WorldTour standings - Nations
1Belgium467pts
2Spain461Row 1 - Cell 3
3Italy416Row 2 - Cell 3
4Australia297Row 3 - Cell 3
5Netherlands204Row 4 - Cell 3
6Switzerland198Row 5 - Cell 3
7Slovakia179Row 6 - Cell 3
8United States141Row 7 - Cell 3
9Great Britain118Row 8 - Cell 3
10France98Row 9 - Cell 3
11Czech Republic78Row 10 - Cell 3
12Slovenia73Row 11 - Cell 3
13Portugal72Row 12 - Cell 3
14Norway71Row 13 - Cell 3
15Colombia63Row 14 - Cell 3
16Denmark60Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ireland60Row 16 - Cell 3
18Austria51Row 17 - Cell 3
19Croatia41Row 18 - Cell 3
20Germany30Row 19 - Cell 3
21Russia8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Poland8Row 21 - Cell 3
23Belarus7Row 22 - Cell 3
24Sweden6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Canada2Row 24 - Cell 3
26New Zealand1Row 25 - Cell 3
27Luxembourg1Row 26 - Cell 3
28Argentina1Row 27 - Cell 3
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WorldTour standings - Teams
1Liquigas-Cannondale376pts
2Sky Procycling356Row 1 - Cell 3
3Omega Pharma-Quickstep349Row 2 - Cell 3
4GreenEdge Cycling Team333Row 3 - Cell 3
5RadioShack-Nissan315Row 4 - Cell 3
6Katusha Team282Row 5 - Cell 3
7BMC Racing Team208Row 6 - Cell 3
8Movistar Team198Row 7 - Cell 3
9Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team198Row 8 - Cell 3
10Astana Pro Team130Row 9 - Cell 3
11Lotto Belisol Team101Row 10 - Cell 3
12Garmin - Barracuda97Row 11 - Cell 3
13Euskaltel - Euskadi88Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rabobank Cycling Team87Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lampre - ISD86Row 14 - Cell 3
16AG2R La Mondiale76Row 15 - Cell 3
17FDJ-Big Mat71Row 16 - Cell 3
18Team Saxo Bank2Row 17 - Cell 3

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