By Nigel Wynn
The Tour Down Under, the opening Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour race of the season, finished on Sunday, and saw Dennis win the overall classification ahead of Sky's Richie Porte and fellow BMC rider Cadel Evans.
With two riders in the top three of the individual WorldTour classification, it's no surprise to see BMC comfortably top the team ranking ahead of Sky.
Australia is the top nation by a significant margin over Spain.
With no British rider scoring any WorldTour points in the Tour Down Under, the country does not yet feature in the rankings.
Paris-Nice in France over March 8-15 will be the next event in the 2015 WorldTour, with Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy over March 11-17. February races such as the Dubai Tour, Tour of Oman and Tour of Qatar are not part of the WorldTour calendar, and therefore carry no ranking points.
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 (Spain - Movistar) topped the 2014 WorldTour rankings; top British rider was Chris Froome (Sky) in seventh.
UCI WorldTour rankings (as at January 25 after the Tour Down Under)
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing 110 points
2. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky 86 points
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 76 points
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 64 points
5. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar 52 points
1. BMC Racing 186 points
2. Sky 86 points
3. Movistar 80 points
1. Australia 279 points
2. Spain 80 points
3. Netherlands 68 points
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