Alberto Contador is new WorldTour leader

Alberto Contador moves into UCI WorldTour ranking top spot after Volta a Catalunya and Ghent-Wevelgem - Geraint Thomas is top-placed British rider - Spain head nation ranking - Ag2r are top-ranked team

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has moved into the top spot in the UCI’s latest WorldTour ranking, published after the conclusion of Volta a Catalunya and Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Contador placed second overall behind Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) in Volta a Catalunya, and with points already ready amassed from winning Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tinkoff-Saxo leader has a comfortable lead in the rankings.

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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) now sits in second spot behind Contador after winning E3 Harelbeke on Friday and taking third in Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Ghent-Wevelgem winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) shoots up the rankings to eighth place.

Top-placed British rider is Geraint Thomas (Sky), in 15th place after his third spot in E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Ben Swift is close behind in 17th place with points gained from his third in Milan-San Remo. Chris Froome (Team Sky) enters the ranking for the first time in 2014, in 33rd spot, after placing sixth in Volta a Catalunya.

Spain is now the top-ranked nation ahead of Australia and France, with Great Britain in fifth. Ag2r are the top-ranked team ahead of Movistar and Tinkoff-Saxo. British-based outfit Sky topped the table last year and are currently in fifth place.

The next counting event is the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, April 6.

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 March 30 after Volta a Catalunya, E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem)
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 198 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 143 points
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 137 points
4. Carlos Betancur (Col) Ag2r La Mondiale 114 points
5. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 114 points
6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 107 points
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 101 points
8. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano 94 points
9. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 90 points
10. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 88 points
15. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 75 points
17. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 70 points
27. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 56 points
33. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 41 points

Top nation
1. Spain 455 points
2. Australia 336 points
3. France 310 points
4. Colombia 301 points
5. Great Britain 244 points

Top team
1. Ag2r La Mondiale 309 points
2. Movistar 271 points
3. Tinkoff-Saxo 269 points
4. Katusha 264 points
5. Team Sky 257 points

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