Despite narrowly missing out in this year's Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and yesterday's Paris-Roubaix, Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) has moved to the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale's latest WorldTour ranking, released today.
Cancellara, who won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - which isn't part of the WorldTour - along with the final stage in last month's Tirreno-Adriatico, has been the rider of the classics thus far, finishing second in San Remo and Roubaix, with a third in Flanders to boot.
Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad), who pipped the Swiss powerhouse in la Primavera, had been leading the rankings but drops to second owing to Cancellara's consistency.
Tour of the Basque Country winner Andreas Kloden rises to third, while Tom Boonen moves into seventh place, helped largely by his victory in the Ghent-Wevelgem.
Radioshack have usurped HTC-Highroad at the top of the team ranking, while Italy are the top ranked nation.
Great Britain have slipped to tenth, while Team Sky duo Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas also drop down several places.
The UCI's world 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.
Ranking by rider
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 236 points
2. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 203 points
3. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Radioshack 202 points
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 202 points
5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 150 points
6. Chris Horner (USA) Radioshack 143 points
7. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 140
8. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 128 points
9. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 114 points
10. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskatel-Euskedi 109 points
22. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky 74 points
72. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky 5 points
Ranking by nation
1. Italy 525 points
2. Australia 517 points
3. Belgium 466 points
4. Spain 411 points
5. Germany 397 points
10. Great Britain 161 points
Ranking by team
1. Radioshack 465 points
2. HTC-Highroad 453 points
3. Rabobank 392 points
4. Garmin-Cervelo 358
5. Leopard Trek 308 points
10. Team Sky 234 points
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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