British national champion Peter Kennaugh's performance in the Herald Sun Tour sees him move up the UCI World Ranking

British road race national champion Peter Kennaugh has continued his rise up the UCI World Ranking, moving from eighth to sixth place after winning a stage and placing second overall in the Herald Sun Tour.

The Team Sky rider leapt into the top 10 of the newly-introduced World Ranking last week after he won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Now he leapfrogs German sprinter André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to sit in sixth.

Herald Sun Tour winner Chris Froome (Sky) joins the ranking in 27th place.

Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) still tops the ranking, with fellow Australians Richie Porte (BMC) and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) in second and third.

Marcel Kittel wins stage one of the 2016 Dubai Tour

Marcel Kittel enters the UCI World Ranking after winning the Dubai Tour

New in the top 10 this week is Dubai Tour winner Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) in eighth, and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) in 10th.

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With the top of the individual rider ranking still dominated by Australian riders, it’s no surprise to see the country retain its place at the top of the nation ranking. Great Britain moves up to sixth thanks to Kennaugh and Froome’s performance in the Herald Sun Tour.

The UCI’s World Ranking was first published on January 11, 2016, and is updated every Monday. It takes account of points allocated from races in the UCI International Road Calendar, which includes events in the WorldTour, Continental Circuits, World and National Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Games. It runs concurrently with the WorldTour ranking.

Next week’s updated ranking will include results from the Tour of Qatar, which started on Monday, February 8, and concludes on Friday, February 12.


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UCI World Ranking (as at February 8 2016)

1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 755 points
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 485 points
3. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff 370 points
4. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 350 points
5. King Lok Cheung (HKg) 320 points
6. Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 316 points
7. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal 250 points
8. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep 245 points
9. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale 245 points
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 225 points