By Nigel Wynn
Chris Froome (Sky) has jumped up to fourth place in the latest Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking, which takes into account results from the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Dauphiné winner Froome now sits behind WorldTour leader Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack), Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the season-long ranking.
In addition to his Dauphiné win, Froome won a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and placed second overall, and won a stage and the overall of the Tour of Romandy. His wins in the Tour of Oman and Criterium International are not counted as those events are not part of the WorldTour calendar.
Cancellara leads the ranking after winning E3 Harelbeke, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and placing third in Milan-San Remo in the spring.
A good result for Froome at the Tour de France in July would put him at the top of the WorldTour ranking.
Spain moves back up to top the ranking-by-nation, with Sky comfortably topping the ranking-by-team.
The next counting race is the Tour de Suisse, which is currently underway. Points will be added to the ranking when the race finishes on Sunday, June 16.
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 Ranking (as at June 9 after Critérium du Dauphiné)
Individual rider ranking
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Leopard 351 points
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 322 points
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 312 points
4. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky 311 points
5. Richie Porte (Aus) 305 points
21. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 117 points
27. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 95 points
47. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 59 points
58. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky 40 points
86. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar 16 points
157. Andy Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 1 point
1. Sky 1062 points
2. Katusha 752 points
3. Movistar 633 points
1. Spain 811 points
2. Colombia 766 points
3. Italy 720 points
4. Great Britain 622 points
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