Congratulations to Garmin Slipstream's sprinter Tyler Farrar.
The 25-year-old from Wenatchee, Washington, scored more points than any other US cyclist on the UCI's individual world rankings. Topping the virtual podium were Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Samuel Sanchez, all from Spain.
Farrar has 9 first-place finishes in 2009 and won the Circuit Franco Belge and Delta Tour Zeeland stage races. He accumulated 212 points, to put him in 18th.
Comeback cyclist Lance Armstrong (Astana) finished 31st with 150 points, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) 63rd with 79 points, Christian Vande Velde (Garmin) 64th with 78 points, and George Hincapie (Columbia) 170th with 9 points. Garmin's Timothy Duggan and Danny Pate finished 210th and 212th.
With Contador and Armstrong coming in 1st and 3rd at the Tour de France, Astana had the most points of all teams. US-based Team Columbia finished 3rd and Garmin-Slipstream finished 11th. BMC Racing finished next to last in 33rd place.
Among all nations, Spain, Italy and Australia finished 1, 2, 3. The US was ranked in 10th place out of 34 countries.