Briton Bradley Wiggins’ overall win in the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday has moved him up to 12th spot in the latest edition of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s 2011 Worldtour Ranking.
Wiggins (Sky) earned 100 points for winning the prestigious French stage race plus points for placing highly in the opening prologue and individual time trial stage. His 2011 tally is now 181 points, over 10 times his total of 18 points last season.
Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) still tops the table with 356 points, largely due to his Ardennes Classics triple in the spring.
Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) is in second place with 349 points. Giro runner-up Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) is in third with 348 points.
Dauphiné runner-up Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) steps up to fourth in the table with 314 points. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) also benefitted from his third place at the Dauphiné, moving up to seventh in the table from 13th.
Great Britain moves up to seventh from 10th in the ranking-by-nation. Wiggins’ points will help in Great Britain’s bid to field a full-strength team at the 2011 Road World Championships in Copenhagen in September.
Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and David Millar all contribute points to Great Britain’s tally so far. Spain maintains its position as top nation ahead of Italy.
Wiggins’ Sky squad also moves up, from 11th to eighth in the ranking-by-team. HTC-Highroad keeps its lead in the ranking with Omega Pharma-Lotto taking Saxo Bank’s place in second.
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.
The next counting event in the UCI Worldtour will be the Tour de Suisse, which finishes on Sunday, June 19.
Last year’s final ranking was topped by Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez.
UCI Worldtour individual ranking: June 13
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 356 points
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard 349 points
3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 348 points
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 314 points
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 288 points
6. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard-Trek 236 points
7. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 224 points
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 210 points
9. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 203 points
10. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 203 points
12. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 181 points
29. Ben Swift (GBr) Sky 89 points
60. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 40 points
67. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Cervelo 29 points
113. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 5 points
Ranking by nation
1. Spain 1000 points
2. Italy 860 points
3. Belgium 765 points
4. Australia 744 points
5. Germany 503 points
7. Great Britain 344 points
Ranking by team
1. HTC-Highroad 624 points
2. Omega Pharma-Lotto 541 points
3. Saxo Bank-Sungard 513 points
4. Radioshack 508 points
5. BMC Racing 504 points
8. Sky 439 points