World champion Peter Sagan continues strong season with podium place at penultimate WorldTour race, the Eneco Tour
Sagan finished the Eneco Tour (September 19-25) with two stage victories and third place overall in the Belgian/Dutch race, meaning that he regained the lead in the WorldTour ranking from Vuelta a España winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
Slovak world champion Sagan has undeniably been the season’s most consistent performer, placing highly throughout the year in a wide range of races. He can count numerous victories while wearing the rainbow jersey, including the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and three stages of the Tour de France.
Just one race remains in the 2016 WorldTour calendar – Il Lombardia on Saturday, October 1. Unless Colombian Quintana decides to turn up to the race and win – highly unlikely given that he’s not scheduled to take part – Sagan is assured of topping the WorldTour for the first time in his career.
Sagan now has 229 WorldTour points to Quintana’s 609 with Tour de France winner and Vuelta runner-up Chris Froome (Team Sky) the highest-placed British rider in third with 564 points.
Movistar remains the highest-ranked team in the WorldTour ahead of Tinkoff and Team Sky. Spain is the number one nation, with Colombia in second and Great Britain in third.
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.
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UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, September 25)
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 669 points
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 609 points
3. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 564 points
4. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff 428 points
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 420 points
6. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 396 points
7. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 394 points
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 314 points
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 280 points
10. Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar 270 points
30. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 144 points
36. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 121 points
37. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
50. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 101 points
53. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 92 points
66. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 80 points
84. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 50 points
97. Steve Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 38 points
171. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar 7 points
216. Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 2 points
1. Movistar 1431 points
2. Tinkoff 1361 points
3. Team Sky 1187 points
4. BMC Racing 1128 points
5. Orica-BikeExchange 809 points
1. Spain 1435 points
2. Colombia 1318 points
3. Great Britain 1050 points
4. Belgium 1003 points
5. France 943 points