American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) has moved up to eighth in the latest update of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s World Ranking, thanks to his second place at Sunday’s GP Plouay in France.
Farrar’s second spot came on the back of his win at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg the previous weekend. GP Plouay winner Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) moves up from 98th to 37th spot.
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana) still tops the ranking – based on results in counting events on the UCI’s World Calendar. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) is second, with Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) in third. Contador topped the 2009 World Ranking.
Britain’s highest-placed rider is Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), who sits at 30th place after winning five stages of the 2010 Tour de France.
Spain still tops the ranking by nation, with Astana the top team.
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 amount 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 overall.
UCI World Ranking Individual (23 August 2010)
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. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 251
9. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank 250
10. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 239
30. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Columbia 122