Following his overall victory in the Santos Tour Down Under, GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans became the first leader of the UCI's WorldTour individual rankings.
Gerrans leads runner-up Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 19 points, with fellow podium finisher Tiago Machado (RadioShack-Nissan) in third, 15 further points back.
Thanks to the presence of both Machado and Jan Bakelants in the top five on general classification, the RadioShack-Nissan team kicked off the season at the top of the team rankings.
The Luxembourg squad leads Movistar by 7 points, with GreenEdge one point behind.
Strong performances by the home riders, who placed five riders in the points - Gerrans, Sky's Michael Rogers, Rabobank's Michael Matthews and Mark Renshaw and GreenEdge's Robbie McEwen - put Australia atop the nations rankings ahead of Spain and Portugal.
The WorldTour now takes a six-week hiatus before resuming at Paris-Nice on March 4.
WorldTour standings as of January 22, 2012
|1||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team||106||pts|
|2||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||87|
|3||Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan||72|
|4||Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling||61|
|5||Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan||40|
|6||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling||34|
|7||Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team||20|
|8||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team||18|
|9||Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team||15|
|10||Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat||7|
|11||Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team||6|
|12||Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD||6|
|13||Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team||5|
|14||Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team||4|
|15||Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep||4|
|16||Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan||3|
|17||Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team||1|
|18||Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||1|
|19||Robbie McEwen (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team||1|
|3||Greenedge Cycling Team||107|
|5||Rabobank Cycling Team||20|
|6||Lotto Belisol Team||18|
|9||Lampre - ISD||6|
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