Rodriguez overtakes Wiggins to top WorldTour ranking

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Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) arrived in Italy to be crowned king: win the Tour of Lombardy and move into the WorldTour driver's seat. He succeeded. He rode solo into Lecco under driving rain, and gained enough points to leap-frog Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and secure the 2012 WorldTour classification.

"I thought I was one of the five or six favourites this morning there on the start line," Rodríguez said, still drenched from the downpour. "It was hard to go about winning [the WorldTour classification] given I've had a long year, always racing all out. As the race went on today, though, I felt that I'd be able to pull it off."

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