British-based Team Sky has moved back into the top slot of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s WorldTour team ranking.
The latest edition of the ranking takes into account results from the weekend’s WorldTour events – Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Catalonia.
A string of podium and top five places for several of Sky’s riders in counting events over the past week has elevated the squad to number one.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran put in a strong show in the Tour of Catalonia in Spain, winning one stage, placing second on another and finishing fifth overall.
On Friday, Bernhard Eisel placed third in the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium. Then in Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday, Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen placed fifth behind winner Tom Boonen (omega Pharma-QuickStep).
Australian team GreenEdge sits in second place behind Sky, with Liquigas-Cannondale in third.
GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans leads the WorldTour individual rider ranking after winning the Tour Down Under in January and Milan-San Remo last weekend.
Gerrans’ 210 points puts him ahead of Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) in second with 182 points and third-placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with 167 points. Boonen moves up to fourth with 166 points.
Top-placed British rider is Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in eighth place with 112 points after winning Paris-Nice earlier in March.
The next couting event will be the Tour of Flanders, on Sunday April 1.
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 (March 25 – after Ghent-Wevelgem and Tour of Catalonia)
1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge 210 points
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 182 points
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 167 points
4. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 166 points
5. Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha 140 points
8. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 112 points
WorldTour ranking by team
1. Sky 356 points
2. GreenEdge 333 points
3. Liquigas-Cannondale 326 points
WorldTour ranking by nation
1. Spain 461 points
2. Italy 351 points
3. Belgium 337 points
9. Great Britain 117 points