As riders from other nations take the spoils at the Giro d'Italia in May, Great Britain has slipped from sixth to eighth in the UCI's latest WorldTour ranking
- Tinkoff are top team, as Sky is knocked down to third by Movistar
- Peter Sagan still top rider

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Team Sky has slipped from second to third place in the latest edition of the UCI WorldTour rankings. The British WorldTour team lost a chance to score a chunk of points in the Giro d’Italia after its overall contender Mikel Landa was forced to withdraw with illness.

Although Mikel Nieve grabbed a stage win for the team to gain a few points, they could do nothing to stop Movistar leap-frog them in the UCI WorldTour team standings as the Spanish squad’s Alejandro Valverde placed third overall.

Tinkoff are top team, with Movistar in second and Sky third.

Great Britain has slipped from sixth to eighth place in the nation ranking. With no British riders present in the opening Grand Tour of the 2016 season there was no chance of more WorldTour points being accrued by Brits.

Spain sits at the top of the WorldTour nation table, with Colombia moving up to second after Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) placed second overall behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in the Giro. Australia are in third place, with Nibali’s home nation of Italy benefitting from his success by moving up from 14th to seventh.

Vincenzo Nibali in pink after stage 20 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. Photo: Graham Watson

Vincenzo Nibali’s Giro d’Italia win puts him up to fourth in the WorldTour ranking. Photo: Graham Watson

 

There’s no change at the top of the individual rider ranking as Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) retains his top spot ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in third.

Vincenzo Nibali’s Giro win elevates him to fourth, with Chaves entering the WorldTour ranking for the first time in 15th place.

The highest-placed British rider in the ranking is Ian Stannard (Team Sky) in 21st place.

WorldTour points are awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for counting events.

Peter Sagan wins 2016 Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan is still on top of the WorldTour

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.

The five top-placed riders from each nation have their points totalled up to create the points for that nation.

The next counting event in the 2016 WorldTour calendar is the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in France (June 5-12), which could see both Team Sky and British riders take centre stage as Chris Froome defends his 2015 title.

UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, May 29)

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 329 points
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 285 points
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 280 points
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 231 points
5. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 222 points
6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 219 points
7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 205 points
8. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 204 points
9. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo 201 points
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 200 points
Other
20. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 126 points
21. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
25. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 105 points

Team ranking

1. Tinkoff 819 points
2. Movistar 730 points
3. Team Sky 680 points
4. BMC Racing 628 points
5. Orica-GreenEdge 517 points

Nation ranking

1. Spain 817 points
2. Colombia 762 points
3. Australia 579 points
4. Belgium 557 points
5. France 535 points
Other
8. Great Britain 398 points

  • markholds

    I agree with regard to Stannard and Thomas. I can’t understand why Kwiatowski isn’t racing though (unless he’s injured?) He probably won’t get a chance to do much in the Tour, as he’ll be supporting Froome. I think he could be better used elsewhere. I also think Poels is good enough to have got some results for himself in May (surely that’s what a guy like Poels is desperate for anyway) and still “done a job” for Froome iin July.

  • danox82

    I think it’s just a change in approach in recent years for Sky. They like to have their TdF guys with not too many race days in their legs, so they are fresher for the TdF (well that’s the thinking anyway). A lot of those guys you talk about being absent from May’s races featured quite a lot in the Spring Classics. its all about building up form at the right time and not to peak too soon.

    But I do agree that if they want to win the Giro (or win stages/points jersey with Viviani) they do need a change of approach as it can’t be down to purely bad luck that they have done miserably in the last 4 years or so.

  • markholds

    What I’m saying is that they didn’t race in May.
    In 2012, when Sky did dominate, the entire team that supported Wiggins in the Tour also raced in May (apart from Froome) and got 8 victories between them.
    I’m not saying Sky are doing badly, but I think they are over-conservative if they want to dominate world cycling (and I think they’ve got the money and the squad to do that).

  • llos25

    But for all the money it is costing them they are not achieving much.

  • Michael

    They got the mountains jersey at the Giro.

    A couple of them are racing with Froome at the Dauphine and the others are in the Tour de Suisse and/or Tour of Slovenia

  • markholds

    Don’t quite understand Sky’s strategy in May. For a team that aims to dominate world cycling over the next five years (according to Brailsford) they were pretty invisible. Very unlucky with Landa, of course, but if they had helped Viviani to make the timecut in stage 8 they might well have got another stage or two and maybe the points jumper.
    Meanwhile they were totally invisible in California, and Kwiatowski, Thomas, Poels and Stannard (among others) didn’t race at all.