Contador tops latest UCI rankings

Spanish rider Alberto Contador of team Tinkoff-Saxo has smashed his way to the top of the latest rankings of World Tour, as published by the UCI this past week after the conclusion of the Volta a Catalunya and the Ghent-Wevelgem.

The Spaniard finished in second place behind Joaquim Rodriguez at the Volta a Catalunya and with the points he amassed from winning the Tirreno-Adriatico, the former Tour de France champion has opened up a comfortable points lead at the top of the table as well.

Peter Sagan occupies second place in the latest rankings behind Contador, having secured top position in the podium at the E3 Harelbeke last week apart from finishing third overall in the Ghent-Wevelgem.

But the latest rankings don’t make good reading for British riders with top British rider Geraint Thomas sitting in 15th place after he managed to finish a distant third at the E3 Harelbeke. Ben Swift finds himself just a few points and a couple of places behind the Welshman on 17th aided by his tremendous performance in the Milan-San Remo where he finished in third position.

Thomas’s team mate at Team Sky and fellow British rider Chris Froome made his way into the rankings for the first time this season after a strong showing at the Volta a Catalunya where he finished in sixth position. He finds himself at 33rd in the latest rankings published by UCI.

Spain has also reached the top position among the countries ahead of Australia in second and France in third with Great Britain in fifth position in the latest rankings.

Ag2r is now the top ranked team in the rankings closely followed by Movistar and Tinkoff-Saxo. Team Sky, the leader for the 2013 season and winner overall is currently lying in fifth position after the publication of the latest rankings.