Britain’s Bradley Wiggins (Sky) has moved up to seventh place in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour Ranking after his third spot overall in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana.

The latest edition of the ranking takes into account points earned by riders placing highly in the Vuelta a Espana, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

In addition to his Vuelta points, Wiggins has accrued points for his overall win in the Criterium du Dauphine and placing third overall in Paris-Nice.

Vuelta a Espana runner-up and fellow Brit Chris Froome (Sky) enters the ranking in 25th place. Vuelta winner Juan Jose Cobo (Geox-TMC) is absent from the ranking as he does not ride for a UCI ProTeam.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) moved into the top position in the ranking after winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec in Canada on Friday followed by a third place in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday.

Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) sits in second place in the ranking, with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) in third.

Froome and Wiggins’ second and third places overall in the Vuelta a Espana have moved Great Britain up to fifth in the ranking-by-nation. Spain retains its position as top nation, with Belgium moving up into second.

Gilbert’s Omega Pharma-Lotto team take the place of Leopard-Trek in the ranking-by-team. Sky moves up to third place in the table.

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.

The next counting event in the UCI WorldTour will be the inaugural Tour of Beijing, China, from October 5-9. 

UCI WorldTour individual ranking: September 12
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 698 points
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 574 points
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard 471 points
4. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 366 points
5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 357 points
6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 307 points
7. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky 289 points
8. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek 284 points
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 272 points
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky 260 points
25. Chris Froome (GB) Sky 157 points
26. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad 152 points
44. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Cervelo 101 points
52. Ben Swift (GB) Sky 91 points
80. Peter Kennaugh (GB) Sky 51 points
143. Steve Cummings (GB) Sky 10 points
151. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky 7 points
220. Adam Blythe (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1 point

Ranking by nation
1. Spain 1357 points
2. Belgium 1163 points
3. Italy 1112 points
4. Australia 1082 points
5. Great Britain 790 points

Ranking by team
1. Omega Pharma-Lotto 1079 points
2. Leopard-Trek 1018 points
3. Sky 986 points
4. BMC Racing Team 877 points
5. HTC-Highroad 780 points

Related links
Gilbert closing in on Evans in WorldTour Ranking
Boasson Hagen wins Eneco final stage and overall
August 8: Britain up to seventh in UCI World Ranking
July 25: Evans tops latest UCI WorldTour Ranking
2011 WorldTour calendar

  • Richard Lupton

    This must be one of the best ever, if not THE best ever, decades for British Cycling. And cycling is arguably our top performing sport. But the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation seems to think cycling racing is irrelevent in Britain! I’ve listened to numerous radio sports updates since Saturday, and not one of them has even mentioned the extraordinary success of TWO British riders on the Veulta podium; both of whom also wore the leaders jersey during the race. But then, of course, we are ALL completely obsessed with football – aren’t we? Hence a non-stop stream of drivel (on EVERY BBC sports report) about transfer sums and other non-competition/results information.

  • adam

    Agree with both of the above entirely….

    Was thinking last night: Green Jersey, TWO British riders on the podium of a Grand Tour, winning Criterium Dauphine, 2009 Milan-San Remo, Dany Hart riding like a demon… really is a great success story. Let’s hope the upward trajectory continues through the Worlds and into the Grand Tours and Olympics next year.

    BUT… even if it doesn’t, let’s not moan. Let’s enjoy the fact that we have improved ENORMOUSLY….

  • Jon Freeman

    The individual rankings system is a joke. How can a man who has just won the Vuelta not appear on the same list because he does not ride for a World Tour team. It is another example of the UCI making the sport of cycling less appealing to the general public.

  • Will Hirst

    7 years ago when the Tour of Britain started running again, there wasn’t even a British trade team to compete in the race. It had to be a national team. You could count the number of British riders in the pro tour on one hand and we had to share a team car in the world championship. In 7 short years, well, you can see for yourself. It use to be that we asked if there was ever going to be a British winner of the Tour de France. Now it is a question of ‘when’ will there be a British winner of the Tour de France. Well done to the riders and the staff at British Cycling. Keep it up.