RideLondon moves up to WorldTour status as UCI reveals 2017 race calendar

10 events join the UCI’s top-flight WorldTour calendar for the 2017 season, including the British one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic

RideLondon Moves Up To WorldTour Status As UCI Reveals 2017 Race Calendar

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic1 will become the first British event to join the Union Cycliste Internationale2 s top-flight men s WorldTour3 calendar. The UCI revealed 10 new events to be included in the WorldTour from the 2017 season on Tuesday evening. Also included is the first American men s WorldTour event, the Amgen Tour of California in May. All of the new events, plus existing events, have been awarded WorldTour status for three seasons (2017 to 2019). The newly-expanded calendar will see the WorldTour races visit 15 countries and comprise 37 events three Grand Tours (Tour de France4, Vuelta a Espa a and Giro d Italia), 14 other stage races and 20 one-day races.

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The publication of this new calendar is an important step in the development of men s professional road cycling, said UCI president Brian Cookson.

Alongside the prestigious events which have already proven their worth, the UCI WorldTour is enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe.

I m delighted to see this development. The WorldTour will continue to commence with the Tour Down Under6 in Australian in January, and conclude with Il Lombardia in Italy in September. Previously, the UCI announced7 that not all WorldTour teams would have compulsory attendance at the new events, with a minimum of 10 WorldTour teams taking part.

Those events added to the existing WorldTour calendar for 2017 are:

29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)
23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt Rund um den Finanzplatz (Germany)
14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)

Existing WorldTour events also included in 2017:

17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France)
8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
3-8 April: Vuelta al Pa s Vasco (Spain)
9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
19 April: La Fl che Wallonne (Belgium)
23 April: Li ge-Bastogne-Li ge (Belgium)
25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
6-28 May: Giro d Italia (Italy)
4-11 June: Crit rium du Dauphin (France)
10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland
1-23 July: Tour de France (France)
29 July: Cl sica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux)
19 August-10 September: Vuelta a Espa a (Spain)
20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
27 August: Bretagne Classic Ouest-France (France)
8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu bec (Canada)
10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montr al (Canada)
30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy)

References

  1. ^ Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Union Cycliste Internationale (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Pro cycling group in disagreement with UCI over WorldTour press release (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Tour Down Under (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ the UCI announced (www.uci.ch)

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