Tour stars climb UCI World Ranking
Alberto Contador in the bunch, Tour de France 2010 stage 20
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana) tops the latest update of the Union Cycliste Internationale's World Ranking, published on Monday afternoon.
Contador leads the ranking - based on results in counting events on the UCI's World Calendar - with 482 points. The Spaniard's Tour victory is added to points awarded for winning Paris-Nice, coming second in the Criterium du Dauphine and third in La Fleche Wallonne.
Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), eighth overall at the Tour, is in second spot with 398 points. After a blighted Tour performance, previous World Ranking leader Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) slips to third overall with 390 points.
Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) moves up from 57th in the ranking prior to the Tour to sixth after placing second overall and taking two stage wins.
Britain's Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) rocketed up the rankings after his five Tour stage wins - he's elevated from 109th to 29th place with 122 points, and is Britain's highest-ranked rider on the table.
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.