Aviva Women’s Tour and RideLondon included in new UCI Women’s WorldTour

16 events plus the World Championships will make-up the new professional women’s top tier

Aviva Women’s Tour And RideLondon Included In New UCI Women’s WorldTour

Lizzie Armitstead wins Women’s Tour 2015, stage one

The Women s Tour and RideLondon GP are two of 17 events to make-up the new UCI Women s WorldTour1, which will commence from 2016, replacing the World Cup. The World Cup was established in 1998 and ran until last year, when it was won by Britain s Lizzie Armitstead2 (Boels-Dolmans). But now a new WorldTour, similar to that of the men, takes its place as the leading series for the female pros, with 35 race days included on its calendar.

No new British women s race is set to feature in the new series, as previously speculated3. The competition will run from March to September and will included a combination of one-day races and stage races, including Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, the Giro d Italia and the Tour of California.

20 teams will be invited to participate in each event, with organisers able to invite further teams if they wish to increase the size of the peloton.

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Like the former World Cup, jerseys will be worn by the riders leading the various classifications, including the overall and best young rider, while individual competitions will be able to introduce their own jerseys. The UCI have also said they ll continue to run highlights and live broadcasts across their online women s cycling channel, as they did with the World Cup.

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The launch of the UCI Women s WorldTour is a major step forward for women s cycling and reflects detailed and very constructive discussions we have had with all our key stakeholders for more than a year now, said UCI president Brian Cookson on the launch.

Growing the profile and professionalism of women s cycling was one of my election pledges and so I am delighted that we have been able to reach agreement on the UCI WWT which will see competition days increase by more than 60% with the peloton taking place in 17 events across Europe, the US and China.

The inaugural women s WorldTour commences on March 5 next year with the Strade Bianche one-day classic and ends with the World Championships in October.

The UCI Women s WorldTour 2016 calendar

1 Strade Bianche, ITA 05/03/16
2 Women s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe, NED 12/03/16
3 Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL 27/03/16
4 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL 03/04/16
5 La Fl che Wallonne F minine, BEL 20/04/15
6 Tour of Chongming Island, CHN from 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
7 Amgen Tour of California, USA from 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
8 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA 05/06/16
9 Aviva Womens Tour, GBR from 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
10 Giro d Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA from 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
11 La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA 24/07/16
12 Prudential Ride London, GBR 30/07/15
13 Crescent Vargarda UCI Women s WorldTour, SWE 19/08/16
14 Crescent Vargarda UCI Women s WorldTour TTT, SWE 21/08/16
15 GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA 27/08/16
16 LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP 11/09/16
UCI Road World Championships, QAT from 09/10/16 to 16/10/16


  1. ^ Three women s WorldTour events planned for UK in 2016 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lizzie Armitstead seals World Cup with GP Plouay victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ as previously speculated (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ UCI makes big changes to men s WorldTour for 2017 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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