By Nigel Wynn
British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has taken the early lead in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2012 EuropeTour ranking after winning the Tour of the Mediterranean and Tour du Haut Var.
In addition to winning the overall titles, Tiernan-Locke won two stages in the Tour of the Mediterranean and one in the Tour du Haut Var.
The Endura rider from Devon has built on the climbing talent that he showcased last season at the Tour of Britain, where he won the King of the Mountains title and placed fifth overall.
Tiernan-Locke has tallied up 222 points in the season-long EuropeTour, and sits well ahead of second-placed Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) with 139 points and third-placed Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) with 105 points.
The Scottish-based Endura team are sat in second place in the EuropeTour ranking-by-team behind Saur Sojasun.
British riders have taken an unprecedented 11 victories during February, with Tiernan-Locke's five wins accounting for just under half. Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Andy Fenn have all won races.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke: career wins
Tour of the Mediterranean; stage one
Tour of the Mediterranean; stage four
Tour of the Mediterranean; overall
Tour du Haut Var; stage two
Tour du Haut Var; overall
Tour of Britain; King of the mountains
Vuelta Ciclista a Leon; stage four
Ryedale Grand Prix
FBD Insurance Ras; Stage five
Jock Wadley Memorial road race
Memorial Battle of Crete; Stage 1a
Memorial Battle of Crete; Points classification
Tiernan-Locke wins Tour du Haut Var
Tiernan-Locke takes final stage en route to Tour of the Med victory
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke: Rider Profile
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