Peter Sagan now has more WorldTour points than British riders’ combined total

Tour of Flanders winner Peter Sagan now tops the UCI WorldTour ranking by a large margin

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) has now amassed more UCI WorldTour points than British riders combined so far this season.

After his Tour of Flanders victory on Sunday and Ghent-Wevelgem win the previous weekend, Sagan has collected 329 WorldTour points. This on its own has elevated Sagan’s home nation of Slovakia past Great Britain to third in the WorldTour nation ranking.

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The combined total for the top five British riders is 327 points. Australia is the top nation with 450 points and Belgium is second with 431.

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Sagan leads Australian Richie Porte (BMC) in the ranking, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in third. Tour of Flanders runner-up Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) moves up to fourth spot.

Top-placed British rider is Geraint Thomas (Sky), who slips out of the top 10 to 11th. Meanwhile, Luke Rowe (Sky) enters the ranking in 28th place after claiming fifth in Flanders.

Luke Rowe in the 2016 Tour of Flanders

Luke Rowe in the 2016 Tour of Flanders: Top British rider in fifth

Given that Sagan and Contador are first and third in the individual WorldTour ranking, it’s no surprise to see their Tinkoff team in a commanding position in the team ranking. Sky are second, with BMC 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.

Next events in the 2016 WorldTour are the Tour of the Basque Country (April 4-9) in Spain followed by Paris-Roubaix in France on Sunday, April 10.

Sagan also tops the UCI’s newly-introduced World Ranking, with takes account of all professional races in the UCI calendar.

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UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016 (as at Sunday, April 3)

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 329 points
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 222 points
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 171 points
4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 166 points
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 162 points
6. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo 141 points
7. Arnaurd Démare (Fra) FDJ 137 points
8. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 115 points
9. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 113 points
10. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 106 points
11. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 104 points
15. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 92 points
28. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 50 points
33. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 31 points
42. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 20 points

Team ranking

1. Tinkoff (Russia) 574 points
2. Team Sky (Great Britain) 463 points
3. BMC Racing (USA) 448 points
4. Katusha (Russia) 271 points
5. FDJ (France) 262 points

Nation ranking

1. Australia 450 points
2. Belgium 431 points
3. Slovakia 329 points
4. Great Britain 327 points
5. Spain 313 points