Overall victory in the Tour Down Under has made Allan Davis the first leader of the UCI World Calendar ranking.
The Quick Step rider?s three stage wins and ochre jersey mean he has a comfortable lead over his compatriot Stuart O?Grady of Saxo Bank.
Five Australian riders are in the top ten after the first event, which is based on the UCI ProTour events, and those on the so-called Historic Calendar, which include the three grand tours and the major classics.
After last year?s farcical ProTour, which did not include any events run by ASO or RCS, the world governing body and the major race organisers have come a compromise and the UCI has persisted with running a season-long ranking competition.
A spokesman for the UCI told Cycling Weekly last week that the leader of the competition will not wear a leader?s jersey.
Our sister title Cycle Sport has calculated how the UCI World Calendar ranking would have looked in 2008 by applying the new points system to the last season?s results. Read the World Calendar analysis here.
|UCI WORLD CALENDAR RANKING|
Overall ranking after Tour Down Under. Next event is Paris-Nice in March
1 Allan Davis (Australia) Quick Step 122pts
2 Stuart O?Grady (Australia) Saxo Bank 87pts
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spain) Caisse d?Epargne 77pts
4 Martin Elmiger (Switzerland) AG2R La Mondiale 64pts
5 Wesley Sulzberger (Australia) Française des Jeux 50pts
6 Michael Rogers (Australia) Team Columbia 40pts
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Italy) Lampre 20pts
8 Graeme Brown (Australia) Rabobank 16pts
9 Jussi Veikkanen (Finland) Française des Jeux 10pts
10 Franceso Chicchi (Italy) Liquigas 6pts
= Andre Greipel (Germany) Team Columbia 6pts
We calculate how the UCI’s new ranking system would have turned out in 2008
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Allan Davis wins Tour Down Under