Quintana won the Vuelta in Madrid on Sunday, earning him enough points to move past Sagan despite Sagan winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday and placing second in the GP de Montréal on Sunday.
It is close, however. Quintana heads up the ranking with 609 points to Sagan’s 585 points. If Sagan gains 25 points in either of the two remaining WorldTour races in the 2016 season – the Eneco Tour (September 19-25) or Il Lombardia (October 1) – he would be crowned WorldTour champion for the first time in his career.
Sagan and Quintana have amassed WorldTour points in quite different ways. Quintana’s success has come via stage race overall placings, whilst Sagan’s has come mainly from one-day race wins and stage victories.
Aside from his Vuelta victory, Quintana placed third in the Tour de France, and won the Tour de Romandie and Volta a Catalunya overall.
As well as his success in Canada, Sagan won the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, was second in E3 Harelbeke, second overall in Tirreno-Adriatico and won four stages of the Tour de France.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) is third behind Quintana and Sagan, and highest-placed British rider, after placing second overall in the Vuelta a España. Froome also won the Critérium du Dauphiné in June.
Other significant changes in the lastest WorldTour ranking include Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) moving up to 10th after placing third in the Vuelta; GP de Montreal winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) moving to seventh; and rising British rider Simon Yates jumping from 116th to 48th after his stage win and sixth spot overall in the Vuelta.
Quintana’s Movistar squad are the highest-ranked team, with Tinkoff in second and Team Sky third. Spain is the top-ranked nation, with Colombia in second and Great Britain 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.
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) sealed the overall win in the inaugural Women’s WorldTour, which was confirmed after t he final race in the calendar on Sunday, the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta.
UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, September 11)
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 609 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 585 points
3. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 564 points
4. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff 428 points
5. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 396 points
6. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 394 points
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 359 points
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 314 points
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 280 points
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 251 points
28. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 144 points
35. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 121 points
36. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 120 points
48. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 101 points
51. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 92 points
64. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 80 points
81. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 50 points
94. Steve Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 38 points
170. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar 7 points
211. Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 2 points
1. Movistar 1411 points
2. Tinkoff 1277 points
3. Team Sky 1187 points
4. BMC Racing 1067 points
5. Orica-BikeExchange 809 points
1. Spain 1415 points
2. Colombia 1318 points
3. Great Britain 1050 points
4. France 943 points
5. Australia 908 points