It may not be ranked as one of the most important races of the season, but this year’s Tour of Beijing saw Movistar topple defending champions Team Sky from the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking.

Movistar rider Benat Intxausti won the five-day Tour of Beijing on Tuesday – the final race in the 2013 WorldTour calendar. The ranking points earned by the Spaniard were enough to propel Movistar to the top of the team table, and push the British-based Sky outfit down into second.

Sky has dominated the team ranking all season, not least after Chris Froome’s Tour de France win, but Movistar’s last-ditch strong showing in China was enough for them to move just 49 points clear of Sky – 1610 points to 1561. Not only did Intxausti win the race for Movistar, but newly-crowned world champion Rui Costa placed fourth; that in itself earned the 60 points required to take the lead.

Sky’s David Lopez placed third in Beijing, but it wasn’t enough for the team to maintain the top position.

The team ranking is worked out using the sum of points from each squad’s top five riders in the individual WorldTour ranking. Movistar had three riders in the top 10 – Alejandro Valverde (third), Nairo Quintana (eighth) and Costa (ninth). Intxausti finished in 22nd spot, with Javier Moreno in 58th. British Movistar rider Alex Dowsett scored 16 points with his Giro d’Italia time trial win to finish 136th.

Sky’s top rider was Froome in second. Richie Porte finished 10th, Sergio Henao 19th, Rigoberto Uran 27th and Geraint Thomas finished in 43rd.

The individual ranking was topped by defending WorldTour champion Joaquim Rodriguez, whose Katsuha team placed third in the team table behind Movistar and Sky. Rodriguez took the lead from Froome after winning the Tour of Lombardy.

Spain were the runaway leaders in the WorldTour nation ranking ahead of Italy and Colombia. Great Britain finished fourth.

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  • stuart stanton

    The problem with SKY, or ‘sky’, is that they don’t race enough….take it on from the front as opposed to the philosophy of simply posting a wattage barrier that is on the edge of human performance. So when the brains give out and they have none of the namby-pamby race radio nonsense, they just don’t know what to do. England Rugby are the same, that coach of theirs saying in the week that he needed to pick a No.10 who will ‘do as he is told’. Now wonder we stuck 30 points on them last time around. It will just be more of the same for both outfits next time around

  • John Westwell

    I suspect that Rodriguez would swap being top of the World Tour rankings two years running for one grand tour win. How anyone can complain about a British-based team dominating ‘only’ the Tour de France is beyond me. At least the ‘egos’ who ‘shamed’ team GB have something to be egotistical about. How often has that been the case in the past? With a few notable exceptions, British cyclists have previously had almost no presence on the world stage, but now that they have actually begun to achieve something, it’s not enough for some critics. Two TdF wins in two years, multiple single week tour wins, a world championship road title in 2011… What else do you want?

  • Julian

    I would especially like to see the individual winner (and the team I guess) given more prominense over the following year. The world champions get to wear a rainbow jersey for a whole year having won one (a very hard) single day race. Surely there should be some sort of jersey recognition of what Rodriguez has achived? For the team section, yes the money trains will dominate, but fair play to Movistar toppling SKY, who to me appear to be now so focussed on the TDF that anything else is an irrelevance. 2nd place may trump this argument, but it really feels like in some of the races their precence is just a token gesture at times. This set up has had its knock on effects quite clearly on this years Word’s RR. Egos playing a large part in the resulting shameful performance from Team GB men, and the SKY influence is far too big.