Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) has moved to the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s latest World Ranking, a table based on top cyclists’ performances in the 2011 Worldtour calendar.
Goss tops the new table released on Monday afternoon after the points were added from the previous week’s Worldtour races – Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo. The Australian has amassed 203 points and is comfortably ahead of second-placed rider Michele Scarponi (Lampre) with 118 points.
Tirreno-Adriatico winner Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) sits in third with 108 points, the same as fourth-placed Tony Martin (HTC), winner of Paris-Nice.
Britain’s top-ranked rider is Ben Swift (Sky) in ninth after his two stage wins and third overall at the Tour Down Under. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is 11th after coming third overall in Paris-Nice.
Prior to Milan-San Remo, Goss was positioned third in the
table behind team-mate Martin and Garmin-Cervelo’s Cameron Meyer after
winning stages in Paris-Nice and the Tour Down Under.
With compatriots Goss, Evans and Meyer in the top five, it’s no surprise that Australia tops the ranking by nation ahead of Italy. Great Britain is fourth nation.
HTC-Highroad is the top-ranked team, ahead of Rabobank.
The UCI’s world 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.
Next Monday’s World Ranking update will include points awarded to riders in the Volta a Catalunya (Spain – March 21-27) and Ghent Wevelgem (Belgium – March 27).
UCI World Ranking, as at Monday March 21 2011
Ranking by rider
1. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 203 points
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 118 points
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 108 points
4. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 108 points
5. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo 106 points
6. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Radioshack 88 points
7. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard-Trek 86 points
8. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 86 points
9. Ben Swift (GB) Sky 82 points
10. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 80 points
11. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky 74 points
58. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky 1 point
Ranking by nation
1. Australia 497 points
2. Italy 361 points
3. Germany 236 points
4. Great Britian 157 points
5. Netherlands 150 points
Ranking by team
1. HTC-Highroad 354 points
2. Rabobank 216 points
3. BMC Racing 178 points
4. Radioshack 175 points
5. Sky 173 points