Australian Porte won Paris-Nice on Sunday after clinching the finale time trial stage, and now sits in the lead of the season-long ranking which currently includes points from the Tour Down Under – in which Porte placed second – and Paris-Nice.
Porte sits ahead of Tour Down Under winner and fellow Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) with 198 points to 114. Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) is in third with 89 points.
Geraint Thomas becomes the first British rider of the season to earn WorldTour points, placing fifth in Paris-Nice. He is currently in eighth spot.
Team Sky is comfortably ahead of BMC in the team ranking, with Lampre-Merida in third.
With the top two places in the rider ranking occupied by Australians, it’s no surprise that that nation leads the country ranking by a sizeable margin ahead of Spain.
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.
Alejandro Valverde (Spain – Movistar) topped the 2014 WorldTour ranking; top British rider was Chris Froome (Sky) in seventh.
Points awarded to riders during Tirreno-Adriatico will be included in the ranking when that race concludes on Tuesday (March 17).
UCI WorldTour rankings (as at March 15 after Paris-Nice)
1. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky 198 points
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing 114 points
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx-QuickStep 89 points
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 78 points
5. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 76 points
8. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 54 points
1. Sky 252 points
2. BMC Racing 191 points
3. Lampre-Merida 96 points
1. Australia 403 points
2. Spain 114 points
3. Poland 89 points