Vuelta a Espana winner Aljeandro Valverde has moved up to second place in the Union Cycliste Internationale’s latest world ranking, published on Monday.

The Spanish Caisse d’Epargne rider sits just behind 2009 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana), who has 527 points to Valverde’s 483. Former runner-up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is now third with 334 points.

Britain’s highest-ranked rider, Mark Cavendish, slips from fifth to seventh in the table with 304 points. Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) is in 38th position thanks largely to his fourth place overall at the Tour de France.

The UCI compile the ranking 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 garners you twice as many points as winning the Eneco Tour overall.

However, winning a stage of the Tour de France will gain you far less points (20) than winning a one-day classic such as Ghent-Wevelgem (80).

Astana currently lead the team ranking, with Spain unsurprisingly grabbing the top slot in the ranking by nation. Britain is in 10th spot.

UCI World Ranking: Top 10

1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 527 points

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 483

3. Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 334

4. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 329

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia-HTC 322

6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 319

7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Columbia-HTC 304

8. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 277

9. Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step 249

10. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre 235

Other

38. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream 131

97. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Slipstream 39

156. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha 11

205. Roger Hammond (GB) Cervelo 4

200. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo 2 

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  • Peter Riddell

    With such a dark cloud hanging over Valverde, his climb up the UCI rankings makes for very depressing reading.

  • John Calliott

    I Google translated a lot of foreign stories about Contador yesterday, and many said that the only source left for UCI points is the Giro di Lombardia. Since Valverde can’t race in Italy, they declared Contador the 2009 winner. I checked the UCI website, and the World Championships aren’t listed on the points list. Cheers.