Julian Alaphilippe has jumped to the top of the UCI ranking after being unbeatable so far this season.
The Frenchman’s first Monument victory at Milan –San Remo now puts him above former leader and world champion Alejandro Valverde.
The UCI has implemented plenty of changes to professional cycling in 2019, including the way riders are ranked throughout the season.
In previous seasons, top-tier riders were ranked via the UCI’s WorldTour Ranking, based on their finishing position in WorldTour races with more points on offer for prestigious races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France.
But under the new system, there are likely to be some surprises at the top of the table.
Women’s rankings have also been revamped to include riders from all UCI-ranked teams in one category, with Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) currently leading the way.
Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) tops the elite men’s individual category on 3,797.95 points after his win in San-Remo.
His two stage wins in Tirreno-Adriatico also helped boost him from third to first.
Valverde (Movistar), who led the classification at the start of the 2019 season, has now been bumped down into second on 3,514 points.
The Spaniard won one stage of the UAE Tour and finished seventh in Milan-San Remo.
Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič is now third, jumping up five places after winning the general classification at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico already this season.
Unsurprisingly, Deceuninck – Quick-Step lead the team’s ranking, followed by Team Sky and Bora Hansgrohe.
In the women’s competition, Annemiek van Vleuten tops the table on 2,091 points after her victory in Strade Bianche in March.
Marriane Vos (CCC-Liv) is currently second on 1,819 and former leader Anna van der Breggen has dropped down to third on 1,856.
Van der Breggen’s Boels Dolmans team still lead the women’s team ranking head of Mitchelton-Scott.
Instead of a season-long ranking, running from January 1 to December 31, the new system is a rolling category with a tally of points picked up in the last 52 weeks.
The UCI rules state: “The individual UCI World Ranking is a 52-week rolling ranking and shall be drawn up at least once a week.
“If necessary, the ranking for the preceding weeks shall be corrected. The new ranking comes into force on the day of publication and stands until the publication of the subsequent ranking.”
This new system replaces the previous WorldTour ranking, where only riders from top-tier teams could score points in WorldTour level events.
But the new ranking means that riders from all three divisions – WorldTour, Pro Continental and Continental – will be included in the list.
The World Ranking has existed for a number of years but it will now completely replace WorldTour rankings, which have been scrapped.
Riders can earn points based on their position in WorldTour races as well as Hors, first and second class events.
Points handed out based on how prestigious a race is – the winner of the Tour de France takes home 1,000 points, while the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espanña winners score 850 points.
A Paris-Roubaix win will score a rider 500 points, as will all other Monuments and some of the highest level stage races.
UCI men’s World Ranking (as of March 26)
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, 3,797.95 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, 3,514 pts
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, 3,191.28 pts
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb, 3,145.43 pts
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team, 2,770.9 pts
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, 2,656 pts
7. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansrohe, 2,549 pts
8. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, 2,494 pts
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, 2,413 pts
10. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, 2,329 pts
1. Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Bel), 14,108.84 pts
2. Team Sky (GBr), 12,148.98 pts
3. Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger), 11,184.47 pts
4. Astana (Kaz), 10,966 pts
5. Jumbo-Visma (Ned), 10,553.23 pts
UCI women’s World Ranking
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott, 2091.86 pts
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv, 1819.88 pts
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, 1756 pts
4. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, 1735.86 pts
5. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv, 1427.95 pts
6. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Virtu Cycling, 1235 pts
7. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans, 1191.57 pts
8. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, 1185.57 pts
9. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb, 1173.33 pts
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM, 947.67 pts
1. Boels-Dolmans (NED), 6,170.48 pts
2. Mitchelton-Scott (Aus), 5226.3 pts
3. Trek-Segafredo (USA), 3784.09 pts
4. CCC-Liv (Pol), 4316.19 pts
5. Team Sunweb (Ger), 3998.69 pts