World's top cyclist - Rodriguez

Paris - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez has ended the cycling season as the world number one, according to rankings released by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday.

Countryman Alberto Contador, who won his third Tour de France yellow jersey in July, was second with Belgian Philippe Gilbert, who won the Tour of Lombardy for the second consecutive year Saturday, in third place.

Rodriguez notably finished second to Australian Cadel Evans on the Fleche Wallonne semi-classic and won the difficult 12th stage of the Tour de France to Mende. He later finished fourth overall on the Tour of Spain.

The rankings take into account all of the one-day and stage races featuring on the UCI's world calendar.

World Ranking:

1. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 551 points
2. Alberto Contador (ESP/AST) 482
3. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/OLO) 437
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/GCE) 403
5. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 390
6. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 390
7. Robert Gesink (NED/RAB) 369
8. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 307
9. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 306
10. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 301
11. Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ/AST) 283
12. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AND) 283
13. Andy Schleck (LUX/SAX) 258
14. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/SAX) 254
15. Frank Schleck (LUX/SAX) 230
16. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 228
17. Denis Menchov (RUS/RAB) 221
18. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 216
19. Tom Boonen (BEL/QST) 216
20. Andre Greipel (GER/THR) 211

Selected:

21. Ivan Basso (ITA/LIQ) 206
22. Mark Cavendish (GBR/THE) 198
27. Thor Hushovd (NOR/CTT) 173
60. Lance Armstrong (USA/RSH) 85

Team Ranking:

1. Saxo Bank 1005 points
2. Liquigas 996
3. Astana 986
4. Rabobank 906
5. Katusha 900
6. HTC-Columbia 855
7. Garmin-Transitions 839
8. Omega Pharma 774
9. Caisse d'Epargne 701
10. BMC 661
11. RadioShack 621
12. Cervelo 616
13. Euskaltal 595
14. Lampre 535
15. Sky 435
16. Quick Step 325
17. Androni 323
18. AG2R-La Mondiale 261
19. Bbox 231
20. Cofidis 227

Selected:

22. FDJ 175
26. Milram 118

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