With many of the top contenders in the Union Cycliste International World Ranking in quiet preparation for Vuelta e Espana later in the month, it’s very much steady as she goes in the latest chart.

Athough there are no changes in the Top 20, a notable mover is Irishman Dan Martin, whose overall win in the Tour of Poland at the weekend has catapulted him into 36th place on the list.  

The World Ranking is compiled using a points system, with points awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for events in the UCI’s World Calendar.

The number of points awarded depends on the ranking of the event. For example, winning the Tour de France overall gives a rider twice as many points as winning the Eneco Tour.

The individual rankings and subsequent affect on the national rankings have a bearing on the forthcoming World Championships on Sunday, October 3rd in Geelong and Melbourne, Australia. The number of points amassed by a nation influences the number of riders that can be selected. Our recent story showed that currently GB qualifies for 3 places while Spain and Italy get 9 each.

UCI Individual World Ranking Top 20

  1. Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana 482
  2. Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha 428
  3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC 390
  4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne 363
  5. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 304
  6. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 283
  7. Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 258
  8. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank 250
  9. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 239
 10. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 239
 11. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 217
 12. Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack 216
 13. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step     216
 14. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 213
 15. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 206
 16. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 203
 17. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 188
 18. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack 174
 19. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 169
 20. Alessandro PetacchI (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 163

UCI Individual World Rankings Others

 29. Mark Cavendish (Gbr) HTC-Columbia 122
 36. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Transitions 106
 45. Roger Hammond (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team 90
 46. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 87
104. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Sky 18
119. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Sky 15
138. David Millar (Gbr) Garmin-Transitions 10
231. Adam Blyth (Gbr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1

UCI National World Ranking Top 20

 1. Spain 1,644
 2. Italy 856
 3. Belgium 849
 4. Australia 725
 5. United States 568
 6. Russia 423
 7. Switzerland 414
 8. Kazakhstan 400
 9. Luxembourg 398
10. Netherlands 393
11. Slovenia 385
12. Germany 355
13. France 311
14. Great Britain 255
15. Canada 217
16. Ireland 193
17. Czech Republic 188
18. Norway 178
19. New Zealand 139
20. Estonia 111

UCI Team World Ranking Top 20

 1. Astana 946
 2. Team Saxo Bank 790
 3. Team Katusha 739
 4. Rabobank 695
 5. Liquigas-Doimo 645
 6. Omega Pharma-Lotto 621
 7. HTC-Columbia 607
 8. BMC Racing Team 605
 9. Caisse d’Epargne 586
10. Team Radioshack 573
11. Garmin-Transitions 506
12. Lampre-Farnese Vini 506
13. Cervelo Test Team 464
14. Euskaltel-Euskadi 428
15. Quick Step 312
16. Androni Giocattoli 243
17. Team Sky 231
18. Ag2r La Mondiale 192
19. Cofidis 148
20. Bbox Bouygues Telecom 147