Chris Froome (Sky) has jumped up to sixth in the latest Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking after winning the Tour de Romandie on Sunday.
The British rider won the opening prologue of the race and successfully defended his race lead throughout the Swiss event. The win – along with points gathered from placing second at Tirreno-Adriatico – means that Froome now has 198 points. Froome’s wins in the Tour of Oman and Criterium International are not counted as these are not WorldTour events.
The ranking is currently led by Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) on 351 points. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is second with 312 points, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in third with 247 points.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) is the next best-placed British rider after Froome in 17th place with 117 points.
Froome’s points have also meant that Great Britain is back up to third in the ranking-by-nation behind Spain and Colombia.
British-based squad, Team Sky sit atop the team ranking, with Katusha in second and Movistar in third.
Next counting event in the UCI WorldTour is the Giro d’Italia. The opening Grand Tour of the 2013 season starts on May 4 and finishes on May 26. British hope Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is aiming for the overall win. Wiggins is currently 41st in the WorldTour ranking.
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.
UCI WorldTour rankings (as at April 28 after Tour de Romandie)
Individual rider ranking
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Leopard 351 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 312 points
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 247 points
4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 246 points
5. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky 221 points
6. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky 198 points
7. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 189 points
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 182 points
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky 164 points
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 161 points
1. Spain 697 points
2. Colombia 491 points
3. Great Britain 421 points
1. Sky 751 points
2. Katusha 665 points
3. Movistar 536 points