Richie Porte tops new WorldTour ranking, Geraint Thomas fourth

Results from Paris-Nice included in lastest UCI WorldTour Ranking

Richie Porte (right), Geraint Thomas (centre), Alberto Contador (left) on stage seven of the 2016 Paris-Nice
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Australian Richie Porte (BMC) has risen to the top of the 2016 UCI WorldTour ranking after his third place overall at Paris-Nice on Sunday.

Porte had previously placed second overall at the opening WorldTour race of the 2016 season, the Tour Down Under in Australia in January. Porte's two podium appearances mean that he unseats previous WorldTour leader Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), who slips to third.

Welsh Paris-Nice winner Geraint Thomas (Sky) enters the ranking in fourth spot, with Colombian Sky team-mate Sergio Henao in second.

After placing seventh overall in Paris-Nice, British rider Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) makes his 2016 WorldTour ranking debut in 11th.

Geraint Thomas on stage seven of the 2016 Paris-Nice

Geraint Thomas is top-placed British rider in the WorldTour after his Paris-Nice win
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

British outfit Team Sky takes the top spot in the team ranking, deposing the Australian-registered Orica-GreenEdge.

Thomas and Yates's positions have led to Great Britain moving up the nation ranking from seventh to third. Australia are top nation with Spain in second.

Results from the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy will be included in the ranking when the race concludes today (Monday, March 14). After that, the next counting event is Milan-San Remo on Saturday, March 19.

Watch: 2016 WorldTour contenders

WorldTour points are awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for counting events.

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.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) topped the 2015 ranking.

UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, March 13)

1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 159 points

2. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 115 points

3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 112 points

4. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 104 points

5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 86 points

6. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff 68 points

7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 66 points

8. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale 54 points

9. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar 51 points

10. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar 40 points


11. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 31 points

19. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 8 points

Team ranking

1. Team Sky (Great Britain) 227 points

2. Orica-GreenEdge (Australia) 171 points

3. BMC Racing 166 points

Nation ranking

1. Australia 367 points

2. Spain 199 points

3. Great Britain 145 points

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