Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) has moved to the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking after winning Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The Swiss rider relieves Peter Sagan (Cannondale) of the leading position.
Cancellara tops the WorldTour rider ranking with 351 points to Sagan's 312. Cancellara has won three counting events - E3 Harelbeke, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Sagan won Ghent-Wevelgem, placed second in Milan-San Remo, and was runner-up to Cancellara in the Tour of Flanders and E3 Harelbeke.
Paris-Nice winner and Tour of the Basque Country runner-up Richie Porte (Sky) is in third spot with 200 points. Basque Country winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is fourth with 182 points.
Roubaix runner-up Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) enters the ranking in 19th place. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is one of the big movers after the weekend, climbing from 17th to seventh after coming fifth in Roubaix.
The highest-placed British rider in the season-long ranking is currently Geraint Thomas (Sky) in ninth place with 117 points. Chris Froome (Sky) is in 17th place with 86 points.
Great Britain has dropped to being the eighth-ranked nation in the WorldTour ranking-by-country, Spain leads by a comfortable margin over Switzerland.
Sky is the top-ranked team ahead of Cancellara's RadioShack-Leopard, with Katusha in third spot.
The next counting event in the WorldTour will be the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on April 14.
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 7 after Tour of the Basque Country and Paris-Roubaix)
Individual rider ranking
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Leopard 351 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 312 points
3. Richie Porte (Aus) SKy 200 points
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 182 points
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 144 points
6. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 142 points
9. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 117 points
17. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky 86 points
32. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 51 points
40. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky 40 points
55. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 15 points
114. Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 1 point
1. Sky 536 points
2. RadioShack-Leopard 466 points
3. Katusha 400 points
1. Spain 465 points
2. Switzerland 360 points
3. Belgium 358 points
8. Great Britain 309 points
March 25: Peter Sagan on top of the WorldTour
UCI WorldTour calendar 2013
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