Bradley Wiggins has entered the 2012 Union Cycliste Internationale WorldTour ranking in second spot after he won Paris-Nice overall on Sunday.
The latest edition of the UCI’s rider ranking based on points awarded to high placings in the top tier WorldTour races puts the British Sky rider in second place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Wiggins amassed 112 points during Paris Nice over March 4-11 after coming second on the opening stage, winning the final day and taking the overall classification. Valverde tops the table with 167 points after coming third in Paris-Nice and second overall in January’s Tour Down Under.
TDU winner Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) slips to third place in the ranking with 110 points.
Wiggins’ Sky outfit tops the ranking-by-team. Spain is at the head of the ranking-by-nation, ahead of Australia and Great Britain.
Points awarded to Britain’s Mark Cavendish (Sky) during Tirreno-Adriatico will be added to the ranking when the race finishes on Tuesday, March 13.
The UCI’s WorldTour 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 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.
Belgian Philippe Gilbert topped last year’s WorldTour ranking with 718 points. Bradley Wiggins finished in eighth place with 289 points.
UCI WorldTour ranking (March 11 – after Paris-Nice)
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 167 points
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 112 points
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge 110 points
4. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM 92 points
5. Tiagao Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 72 points
WorldTour ranking by team
1. Sky 207 points
2. Movistar 192 points
3. RadioShack-Nissan 149 points
WorldTour ranking by nation
1. Spain 205 points
2. Australia 193 points
3. Great Britain 112 points