UCI WorldTour rankings updated following Tirreno-Adriatico

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) has debuted at second place overall in the UCI WorldTour rankings after winning Tirreno-Adriatico, the seven-day Italian stage race that concluded on Tuesday, March 13.

The 27-year-old Italian started the final 9.3km time trial in third place in general classification, six seconds behind race leader Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) and one second behind Roman Kreuziger (Astana), but a strong effort against the clock vaulted Nibali past his two GC rivals and into the final leader's jersey. Horner would claim second overall at 14 seconds, while Kreuziger would finish on the final podium in third place at 26 seconds.

Due to his overall victory and a stage victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Nibali now has a total of 112 points and is second in the individual UCI WorldTour rankings. Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in the lead with 167 points after his good performances in both the Tour Down Under in Australia and at Paris-Nice, while Paris-Nice winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) is third, tied with Nibali at 112 points.

"This is an important win for me," said Nibali. "I've always dreamed about winning Tirreno-Adriatico. I've won stages in the past but now I've won overall too, so I'm really happy. When I won the stage to Prati di Tivo, it was about attacking and earning a lot of time quickly, the time trial was all about mental strength."

Others benefiting from good performances at Tirreno-Adriatico include Chris Horner, now sixth in the individual WorldTour rankings with 84 points, while Roman Kreuziger is seventh with 78 points.

Thanks to Horner's strong performance and Fabian Cancellara's victory in the final time trial stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Radioshack-Nissan team has moved past Sky Procycling to take the lead in the UCI WorldTour team ranking.

The Luxembourg-registered team has 233 points, Sky Procycling holds second with 219 points, with Movistar at third with 192 points.

Spain has retained its lead in the nations ranking with 250 points. Italy has jumped from 12th to second overall with 217 points while Australia dropped from second to third at 197 points.

The next events on the WorldTour calendar are the one-day classic Milan-San Remo on March 17 and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage race, March 19-25.

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WorldTour rankings - Individuals
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team167pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale112Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling112Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team110Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team92Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan84Row 5 - Cell 3
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team78Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan72Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team62Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale61Row 9 - Cell 3
11Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling61Row 10 - Cell 3
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team51Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team51Row 12 - Cell 3
14Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team46Row 13 - Cell 3
15Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat40Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan40Row 15 - Cell 3
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling40Row 16 - Cell 3
18Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD31Row 17 - Cell 3
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan30Row 18 - Cell 3
20André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team22Row 19 - Cell 3
21Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep20Row 21 - Cell 3
23Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team20Row 22 - Cell 3
24Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team15Row 23 - Cell 3
25Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10Row 24 - Cell 3
26Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team10Row 25 - Cell 3
27Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team10Row 26 - Cell 3
28Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale9Row 27 - Cell 3
29Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8Row 28 - Cell 3
30Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan7Row 29 - Cell 3
31Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team7Row 30 - Cell 3
32Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7Row 31 - Cell 3
33Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat7Row 32 - Cell 3
34Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team6Row 33 - Cell 3
35Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan6Row 34 - Cell 3
36Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6Row 35 - Cell 3
37Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6Row 36 - Cell 3
38Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6Row 37 - Cell 3
39Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6Row 38 - Cell 3
40Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 39 - Cell 3
41Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD5Row 40 - Cell 3
42Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5Row 41 - Cell 3
43Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team4Row 42 - Cell 3
44Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 43 - Cell 3
45Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4Row 44 - Cell 3
46Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan4Row 45 - Cell 3
47Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda3Row 46 - Cell 3
48Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 47 - Cell 3
49Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team2Row 48 - Cell 3
50Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda2Row 49 - Cell 3
51Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 50 - Cell 3
52Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank1Row 51 - Cell 3
53Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 52 - Cell 3
54Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 53 - Cell 3
55Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 54 - Cell 3
56Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team1Row 55 - Cell 3
57Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda1Row 56 - Cell 3
58Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team1Row 57 - Cell 3
59Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1Row 58 - Cell 3
60Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1Row 59 - Cell 3
61Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 60 - Cell 3
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WorldTour rankings - Teams
1RadioShack-Nissan233pts
2Sky Procycling219Row 1 - Cell 3
3Movistar Team192Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team176Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katusha Team126Row 4 - Cell 3
6Liquigas-Cannondale123Row 5 - Cell 3
7GreenEdge Cycling Team118Row 6 - Cell 3
8Astana Pro Team89Row 7 - Cell 3
9AG2R La Mondiale74Row 8 - Cell 3
10BMC Racing Team52Row 9 - Cell 3
11FDJ-Big Mat47Row 10 - Cell 3
12Lampre - ISD42Row 11 - Cell 3
13Omega Pharma-Quickstep33Row 12 - Cell 3
14Lotto Belisol Team31Row 13 - Cell 3
15Rabobank Cycling Team27Row 14 - Cell 3
16Garmin - Barracuda6Row 15 - Cell 3
17Team Saxo Bank1Row 16 - Cell 3
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WorldTour rankings - Nations
1Spain250pts
2Italy217Row 1 - Cell 3
3Australia197Row 2 - Cell 3
4Netherlands163Row 3 - Cell 3
5United States141Row 4 - Cell 3
6Great Britain118Row 5 - Cell 3
7Belgium91Row 6 - Cell 3
8Czech Republic78Row 7 - Cell 3
9Portugal72Row 8 - Cell 3
10France72Row 9 - Cell 3
11Slovenia67Row 10 - Cell 3
12Norway41Row 11 - Cell 3
13Germany30Row 12 - Cell 3
14Croatia10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Slovakia9Row 14 - Cell 3
16Belarus7Row 15 - Cell 3
17Switzerland6Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sweden6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Russia4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Canada1Row 19 - Cell 3
21New Zealand1Row 20 - Cell 3

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