Peter Sagan leapfrogs Tinkoff team-mate Alberto Contador to top the latest UCI WorldTour ranking after the Tour de Suisse
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) has moved back on top of the UCI WorldTour after team-mate Alberto Contador occupied the top spot for just one week.
Sagan won two stages of the Tour de Suisse last week to increase his tally of WorldTour points and edge ahead of Spaniard Contador, who had moved into the lead after his performance in the Crtiérium du Dauphiné.
The world champion’s Suisse stage wins add to his victories in the 2016 Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem, and second places in Tirreno-Adriatico and E3 Harelbeke.
Tour de Suisse winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) enters the WorldTour ranking in 29th spot, with runner-up Ion Izaguirre (Movistar) moving up to sixth from 21st.
The top-placed British rider remains Dauphiné winner Chris Froome (Sky), who sits in 21st place. Ian Stannard (Sky) is in 25th and Geraint Thomas (Sky) in 31st. Although tipped as one of the leading contenders for the Tour de Suisse, Thomas ultimately failed to make an impact in the race and finished 17th overall.
Spain continues to dominate the nation WorldTour ranking, ahead of Colombia in second and France in third. Great Britain is sixth.
Tinkoff are still the top team, with Movistar in second and BMC Racing replacing Team Sky in third as the British outfit slips to fourth.
The next counting event in the WorldTour is the one that carries the most points: the Tour de France. The overall winner of the Tour will gain 200 points, with stage winners taking 20 points.
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.
American Mega Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) leads the Women’s WorldTour ranking after the Aviva Women’s Tour in Britain. World champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is back up to second place. Having been so dominant all season, it’s no surprise to see the Boels-Dolmans team in a commanding position at the head of the women’s team ranking.
UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, June 19)
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 343 points
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 337 points
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 290 points
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 285 points
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 231 points
6. Ion Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar 220 points
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 219 points
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 206 points
9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 205 points
10. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 204 points
21. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 136 points
25. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
31. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 105 points
1. Tinkoff 890 points
2. Movistar 819 points
3. BMC Racing 751 points
4. Team Sky 713 points
5. Etixx-QuickStep 618 points
1. Spain 963 points
2. Colombia 817 points
3. France 749 points
4. Australia 647 points
5. Belgium 565 points
8. Great Britain 503 points