Carlos Betancur tops UCI WorldTour

Milan-San Remo winner Alexander Kristoff moves up to fourth, with Ben Swift in 12th

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) moves up to fourth place in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking after his Milan-San Remo victory on Sunday.

Paris-Nice winner Carlos Betancur (Ag2r) maintains his top spot in the table, ahead of Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) and Tirreno-Adriatico victor, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).

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Top British rider is Ben Swift (Sky) in 12th spot after placing third in Milan-San Remo.

Australia is currently the top-ranked nation in the WorldTour, with Movistar moving into the lead in the team ranking.

The next counting event is Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, from March 24 to 30.

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 23 after Milan-San Remo)
1. Carlos Betancur (Col) Ag2r La Mondiale 114 points
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 114 points
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 112 points
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 101 points
5. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 88 points
6. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar 88 points
7. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 84 points
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 84 points
9. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 83 points
10. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 78 points

12. Ben Swift (GBr) Sky 70 points

Top nation
1. Australia 336 points
2. Spain 266 points
3. Colombia 248 points

6. Great Britain 155 points

Top team
1. Movistar 218 points
2. Ag2r La Mondiale 216 points
3. Lampre-Merida 191 points

UCI WorldTour calendar 2014

UCI WorldTour 2014: Full list of events in the UCI's top-tier professional cycle race calendar