Amstel Gold Race winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is the big mover in the new edition of the Union Cycliste Internationale's Worldtour ranking, published on Monday afternoon.
Belgian Gilbert moves up to fifth spot behind leader Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) in the ranking, which is based on points accrued by placing highly in the UCI's top-level Worldtour races.
Other than Gilbert's ascension into the top five, the top 20 of the ranking remains largely unchanged from last week. Australian Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) is second behind Cancellara, with Andreas Kloden (Radioshack) in third.
Britain's Ben Swift (Sky) maintains his 19th spot in the table thanks to his double stage wins and third place overall in the Tour Down Under.
Belgium is now the top nation in the rankings ahead of Australia and former number one, Italy. Top team is Radioshack thanks to Kloden and Chris Horner's position in the top ten of the individual ranking. Team Sky move up to seventh from 10th largely thanks to Simon Gerrans third spot in Amstel.
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.
UCI Worldtour individual ranking: April 18
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. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 176 points
6. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 150 points
7. Chris Horner (USA) Radioshack 143 points
8. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 140 points
9. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 128 points
10. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 114 points
19. Ben Swift (GB) Sky 82 points
Ranking by nation
1. Belgium 560 points
2. Australia 558 points
3. Italy 525 points
10. Great Britain 161 points
Ranking by team
1. Radioshack 465 points
2. HTC-Highroad 453 points
3. Rabobank 398 points
7. Sky 275 points
Gilbert wins Amstel Gold Race
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