UCI President Pat McQuaid will officially present the new ?world? calendar for the 2009 season on Thursday at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following the power struggle over the ProTour set-up, the ?big three? race organisers, ASO in France, RCS Sport in Italy and Unipublic in Spain, will still organise their own races but the new calendar will combine their races with the UCI?s ProTour races, making a combined, season-long calendar, that includes the biggest races in the sport.

The 2009 world calendar kicks off on January 20 with the Tour Down Under in Australia and ends on October 17 with the Giro di Lombardia.

The key changes to the calendar are the positioning of the Tour of Poland in early August instead of late September, following the demise of the Tour of Germany.

The only major race not part of the world calendar is the French end of season classic Paris-Tours. For 2009 the race is listed on the lower standard Europe Calendar and is scheduled for October 11.

The UCI are still working with the Russian Cycling Federation on the organisation of the Tour of Sochi and this race could be held in May.

The races are listed below with either the UPT (UCI ProTour) or HIS (Historic) abbreviation.

Jan 20-25: Tour Down Under AUS UPT

March 8-13: Paris – Nice FRA HIS

March 11-17: Tirreno-Adriatico ITA HIS

March 21: Milano-Sanremo ITA HIS

April: 5: Ronde van Vlaanderen BEL UPT

April: 6-11: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco ESP UPT

April 8: Gent – Wevelgem BEL UPT

April 12: Paris – Roubaix FRA HIS

April 19: Amstel Gold Race NED UPT

April 22: La Flèche Wallonne BEL HIS

April 26: Liège – Bastogne – Liège BEL HIS

April 28 – May 3: Tour de Romandie SUI UPT

May 9-31: Giro d’Italia ITA HIS

May 18-24: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya ESP UPT

June 7-14: Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré FRA UPT

June 13-21: Tour de Suisse SUI UPT

July 4-26: Tour de France FRA HIS

August 1: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian ESP UPT

August 2-8: Tour de Pologne POL UPT

August 16: Vattenfall Cyclassics GER UPT

August 19-26: Eneco Tour UPT

August 23: GP Ouest France – Plouay FRA UPT

August 29-Sept 20: Vuelta a España ESP HIS

October 17: Giro di Lombardia ITA HIS

Tour of Sochi (RUS – UPT) ? date to be confirmed.


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