Kristoff now fourth on WorldTour rankings after Milan-San Remo win

Eighth in last year's Milan-San Remo, 12 months on Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) has triumphed in the first Monument of 2014, out-sprinting a group of 27 riders in what is easily his biggest win to date. As a result, Kristoff jumps to fourth overall on the latest UCI WorldTour standings.

A bronze medallist in the 2012 Olympics, former national champion and already a winner of a stage of the Tour of Oman in 2014, Kristoff timed his final charge for the line in the rain-soaked streets of San Remo to perfection. Shooting past Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), second for a third time, and Team Sky's Ben Swift - who placed third - Kristoff said his victory represented a new high point in his career.

"[Teammate] Luca Paolini helped me enormously in the finale, but I really didn't think more than a top ten finish was possible," Kristoff said. "Even if a sprint after 300 kilometres is very different to a normal sprint, I couldn't believe I'd won until I crossed the line. It's absolutely fantastic."

While the top three riders in the UCI WorldTour - Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) with 114, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) with 114 and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) with 112 - remain with unchanged placings and unchanged points totals, Kristoff has gained no fewer than 59 spots and is now fourth with 101 points.

He is not the only Classics rider or sprinter to make significant progress towards the highest placings thanks to Milan-San Remo: Cancellara now lies in seventh with 84 points, Swift takes his first UCI WorldTour points to move into 12th, and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step), who was fifth in the race, moves up from 33rd to 17th.

In the nations classification, Australia remains in the lead with 336 points, but Spain has closed the gap and moved up from third to second overall with 266 points. Colombia dropped from second to third with 248 points.

Unsurprising, Norway is the biggest mover in the WorldTour nations ranking, up from 22nd to eighth, while Great Britain, gaining five places to go up to the sixth place overall, has also made considerable progress.

A familiar name is back in the top spot of the teams classification. Movistar, the 2013 WorldTour team classification winner, takes over the lead from AG2R La Mondiale with 218 points. The French squad is now second at 216 points, while Lampre-Merida remains in third with 191 points. Trek Factory Racing and Team Sky, meanwhile, both profit from Milan-San Remo to leapfrog past the opposition - Trek Factory Racing into fifth with 168 points and Team Sky, also with 168, in sixth.

The impact of the Classics on the UCI WorldTour has already been considerable, even though the bulk of one-day racing this spring is yet to come. And in five days time, at the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium, the Classics racers will have their next big opportunity to gain both points and places in the UCI WorldTour.

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WorldTour - Individuals
1Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale114pts
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge114Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo112Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha101Row 3 - Cell 3
5Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team88Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida88Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing84Row 6 - Cell 3
8Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team84Row 7 - Cell 3
9Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida83Row 8 - Cell 3
10Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr78Row 9 - Cell 3
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo71Row 10 - Cell 3
12Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky70Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team68Row 12 - Cell 3
14Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky67Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale61Row 14 - Cell 3
16Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team60Row 15 - Cell 3
17Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team56Row 16 - Cell 3
18Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp55Row 17 - Cell 3
19Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team52Row 18 - Cell 3
20Julián David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing50Row 19 - Cell 3
21Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team42Row 20 - Cell 3
22Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar42Row 21 - Cell 3
23Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale40Row 22 - Cell 3
24Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team33Row 23 - Cell 3
25Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge32Row 24 - Cell 3
26Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing30Row 25 - Cell 3
27Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky25Row 26 - Cell 3
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha22Row 27 - Cell 3
29Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida20Row 28 - Cell 3
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha20Row 29 - Cell 3
31André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol18Row 30 - Cell 3
32John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano14Row 31 - Cell 3
33Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale13Row 32 - Cell 3
34Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol12Row 33 - Cell 3
35Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp12Row 34 - Cell 3
36Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team10Row 35 - Cell 3
37Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10Row 36 - Cell 3
38Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr8Row 37 - Cell 3
39Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team6Row 38 - Cell 3
40Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team6Row 39 - Cell 3
41Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr5Row 40 - Cell 3
42Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol4Row 41 - Cell 3
43Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky4Row 42 - Cell 3
44Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha4Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol4Row 44 - Cell 3
46Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano4Row 45 - Cell 3
47Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing4Row 46 - Cell 3
48Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4Row 47 - Cell 3
49Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4Row 48 - Cell 3
50Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4Row 49 - Cell 3
51Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4Row 50 - Cell 3
52Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team3Row 51 - Cell 3
53Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge2Row 52 - Cell 3
54Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp2Row 53 - Cell 3
55Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky2Row 54 - Cell 3
56Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp2Row 55 - Cell 3
57Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2Row 56 - Cell 3
57Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2Row 57 - Cell 3
59Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale2Row 58 - Cell 3
60Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2Row 59 - Cell 3
61Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 60 - Cell 3
62Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1Row 61 - Cell 3
63Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team1Row 62 - Cell 3
64Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge1Row 63 - Cell 3
65Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1Row 64 - Cell 3
66Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar1Row 65 - Cell 3
67Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale1Row 66 - Cell 3
68Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 67 - Cell 3
69Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar1Row 68 - Cell 3
70Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1Row 69 - Cell 3
71Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1Row 70 - Cell 3
72Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 71 - Cell 3
73Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp1Row 72 - Cell 3
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WorldTour - Nations
1Australia336pts
2Spain266Row 1 - Cell 3
3Colombia248Row 2 - Cell 3
4France194Row 3 - Cell 3
5Italy159Row 4 - Cell 3
6Great Britain155Row 5 - Cell 3
7Czech Republic104Row 6 - Cell 3
8Norway102Row 7 - Cell 3
9Portugal88Row 8 - Cell 3
10Switzerland84Row 9 - Cell 3
11Netherlands64Row 10 - Cell 3
12Denmark52Row 11 - Cell 3
13Germany37Row 12 - Cell 3
14South Africa32Row 13 - Cell 3
15Croatia30Row 14 - Cell 3
16Slovakia23Row 15 - Cell 3
17Slovenia21Row 16 - Cell 3
18Belgium9Row 17 - Cell 3
19Russia4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Luxembourg4Row 19 - Cell 3
21Poland4Row 20 - Cell 3
22United States3Row 21 - Cell 3
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WorldTour - Teams
1Movistar Team218pts
2AG2R La Mondiale216Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lampre-Merida191Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tinkoff-Saxo183Row 3 - Cell 3
5Trek Factory Racing168Row 4 - Cell 3
6Team Sky168Row 5 - Cell 3
7Orica GreenEdge153Row 6 - Cell 3
8Team Katusha147Row 7 - Cell 3
9Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team101Row 8 - Cell 3
10BMC Racing Team100Row 9 - Cell 3
11FDJ.fr91Row 10 - Cell 3
12Garmin Sharp72Row 11 - Cell 3
13Astana Pro Team64Row 12 - Cell 3
14Belkin-Pro Cycling Team51Row 13 - Cell 3
15Team Europcar44Row 14 - Cell 3
16Lotto Belisol38Row 15 - Cell 3
17Team Giant-Shimano20Row 16 - Cell 3
18Cannondale16Row 17 - Cell 3

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