By Nigel Wynn published
Australian Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) is still at the top of the UCI's World Ranking, the new version of which was published on Monday incorporating points from Ghent-Wevelgem and Volta a Catalunya.
Just one point now separates Milan-San Remo winner Goss from second-placed Michele Scarponi (Lampre) - the Italian ended the Volta a Catalunya second overall behind winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) on Sunday. Contador enters the ranking in fifth place.
Tirreno-Adriatico champion Cadel Evans (BMC) maintains his third spot, with Paris-Nice winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) in fourth.
Ghent-Wevelgem victor Tom Boonen (Quick Step) also enters the ranking for the first time this year, his 80 points for winning the Belgian classic is enough to get him to 12th spot.
Britain's highest ranked rider is Ben Swift (Sky) who sits in 11th spot - down from ninth last week - he won two stages and came third overall in the Tour Down Under in January.
Top nation is still Australia, with HTC-Highroad dominating the ranking-by-team category. Great Britain slips from fourth to seventh in the nations table with British squad Sky maintaining its fifth spot among the top teams.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 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 World Ranking, at Monday March 28 2011
Ranking by rider
1. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 203 points
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 202 points
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 128 points
4. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 108 points
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard 106 points
6. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo 106 points
7. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 92 points
8. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Radioshack 88 points
9. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard-Trek 86 points
10. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 86 points
11. Ben Swift (GB) Sky 82 points
15. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky 74 points
77. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky 1 point
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UCI World Calendar 2011
Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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