Alberto Contador, Spain and Astana all top UCI rankings

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Tylar Farrar's was the biggest mover in the latest

Union Cycliste International (UCI) world ranking after his win

at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg. The American sprinter jumped from

33rd place to 18th.

Will Contador hold on to that position come the end of the season? The biggest threat comes from countryman Joaquin Rodriguez who is on Katusha's startlist for the Tour of Spain.

Little changed in the country rankings before the crucial world championship qualification (see seperate story) other than Germany jumping in to the top ten to qualify nine places for the world championships.

UCI World Ranking Individual

1 Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana 482

2 Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha 428

3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC 390

4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 363

5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 304

6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 283

7 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 258

8 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank 250

9 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 239

10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 239

11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions    217

12 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack 216

13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 216

14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 213

15 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 206

16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 203

17 André Greipel (Ger) HTC - Columbia 199

18 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 191

19 Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas-Doimo 188

20 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack 174



UCI World Ranking National

1 Spain 1,644

2  Italy 856

3 Belgium 849

4 Australia 725

5 United States 648

6 Russia 423

7 Switzerland 414

8 Germany 405

9 Netherlands 401

10 Kazakhstan 400

11 Luxembourg 398

12 Slovenia 385

13 France 311

14 Norway 278

15 Great Britain 255

16 Canada 217

17 Ireland 193

18 Czech Republic 188

19 New Zealand 139

20 Estonia 111



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