Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has moved up to second in the Union Cycliste Internationale’s latest World Ranking – a table based on performances in the top professional road races – published on Monday.
After placing second at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, and also at Milan-San Remo, Boonen has moved up to second in the UCI’s World Ranking.
Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) still sits at the top of the table after his strong start to the season with third overall at Paris-Nice, second at the Tour Down Under and fourth at the Tour of Catalonia.
Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) enters the ranking in tenth. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) moves up to fourth after his third place at Flanders.
Britain’s Roger Hammond (Cervelo) enters the chart in 28th place after his seventh spot in Flanders. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) is the only other Briton in the table (65th) after winning a stage of the Tour of Catalonia. Last year, Cavendish finished the season in fourth in the ranking.
The 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 World Calendar.
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.
UCI World Ranking: April 5
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 222 points
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 166
3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 142
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 130
5. Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia 119
6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 116
7. Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana 116
8. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 109
9. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 107
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank 100
38. Roger Hammond (GB) Cervelo 30
65. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Columbia 6