Tinkoff team riders occupy the top two slots in the latest UCI WorldTour ranking after the Critérium du Dauphiné
Contador won the opening mountain time trial of the Dauphiné last weekend, and ended up in fifth place overall behind winner Chris Froome (Sky) when the race finished on Sunday.
When added to the points that Contador had already accrued by winning the Tour of the Basque Country, and placing second overall at both Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, the Spaniard now has a margin of eight points over Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem winner Sagan.
Froome himself rose from 73rd to 20th in the latest WorldTour ranking after his Dauphiné win. He is now the highest-placed British rider in the ranking.
Australian Richie Porte (BMC), Irishman Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) moved up to third, 10th and 7th in the ranking respectively after their Dauphiné performances. Porte was fourth overall, Martin was third and Pinot 16th.
With Contador and Sagan occupying the top two slots in the individual WorldTour ranking, it’s no surprise to see their Tinkoff squad topping the team ranking by a significant margin. The Russian team has 876 points to second-placed Movistar’s 730, and Team Sky’s 713 points.
Contador’s home nation of Spain also retains its position at the top of the WorldTour nation ranking, with Colombia in second and France moving up to third. Great Britain moves up from eighth to sixth thanks to Froome’s Dauphiné victory.
Sagan could very well re-take the WorldTour top spot after results from this week’s Tour de Suisse are factored in. The Slovakian world champion has already won a stage. Points from the Tour de Suisse will be added when the race concludes on Sunday, June 19.
WorldTour points are awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for counting events.
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 WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, June 12)
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 337 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 329 points
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 290 points
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 285 points
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 231 points
6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 219 points
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 206 points
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 205 points
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 204 points
10. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 204 points
20. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 136 points
24. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
28. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 105 points
1. Tinkoff 876 points
2. Movistar 730 points
3. Team Sky 713 points
4. BMC Racing 697 points
5. Etixx-QuickStep 618 points
1. Spain 874 points
2. Colombia 762 points
3. France 673 points
4. Australia 647 points
5. Belgium 558 points
8. Great Britain 503 points