By Nigel Wynn
Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) has leapt up to the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour ranking after his second place at the Giro d'Italia.
Prior to the Giro, Rodriguez was in sixth place in the season-long ranking behind leader Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) after winning Fleche Wallonne, finishing second in the Tour of the Basque Country and sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico. Boonen enjoyed a dominant classics campaign, winning Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem and E3 Harelbeke.
Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) jumped up to eighth in the table. The Canadian was in 68th spot before his Giro victory.
Mark Cavendish (Sky) moved up to 38th in the table after his trio of Giro d'Italia stage wins. Welshman Geraint Thomas (Sky) also moved up, from 82nd to 67th due to points collected from placing second in both the Giro stage one and stage 21 time trials.
Bradley Wiggins is Britain's highest-placed rider in the table in sixth after winning Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie earlier this season.
The next counting event will be the Criterium du Dauphine, starting on Sunday June 3. Wiggins is aiming to defend his title from the 2011 edition of the Dauphine, which could see him move up the WorldTour ranking significantly.
Spain continues to lead the WorldTour ranking-by-nation, with Great Britain moving up from eighth to sixth. Rodriguez's Katusha team are the top-ranked squad, ahead of Liquigas-Cannondale in second and Sky in third.
The UCI's WorldTour Ranking is compiled using a points system, with points awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for events in the UCI's WorldTour.
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.
Belgian Philippe Gilbert topped last year's WorldTour ranking with 718 points. Bradley Wiggins finished in eighth place with 289 points.
UCI WorldTour ranking (May 27 - after Giro d'Italia)
1. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 404 points
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 366 points
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 272 points
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 252 points
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 229 points
6. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 224 points
38. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky 66 points
67 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 22 points
WorldTour ranking by team
1. Katusha 708 points
2. Liquigas-Cannondale 633 points
3. Sky 597 points
WorldTour ranking by nation
1. Spain 1063 points
2. Italy 946 points
3. Belgium 740 points
Wiggins back to defend Criterium du Dauphine title
UCI WorldTour calendar 2012