UCI WorldTour events are top-level races for professional cyclists. They form a series, with riders competing for the overall title as well as individual wins. The UCI Women’s WorldTour was launched in 2016, replacing the original World Cup and therefore adding stage races to the calendar.

There are some significant changes to the top-level men’s road racing calendar for 2017, with the WorldTour gaining 10 new events. The additions mean that the number of WorldTour events now numbers 37, with 15 countries visited from January to October.

There’s no change to the race that kicks off the men’s WorldTour: the Tour Down Under in Australia (January 17-22) retains its position as the traditional season opener. However, rather than being followed by an elongated break there are now a series of events in January and February between the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice in March.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia takes place on January 29, followed by the Abu Dhabi Tour (February 23-26), Omloop Het Niewusblad in Belgium (February 25) and Strade Bianche in Italy (March 4).

Milan-San Remo (March 18) kicks off the classics season proper in Europe, which runs well into April and includes highlights such as the Tour of Flanders (April 2), Paris-Roubaix (April 9) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23).

The opening Grand Tour of the season is the Giro d’Italia over May 6-28, which is joined by the Tour of California in the same month (May 14-21) – the USA’s inaugural WorldTour event.

The Tour de France takes place over July 1-23, with the first British WorldTour event, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, taking place on July 30.

The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España brings the three-week stage races to a close over August 19 to September 10 with the WorldTour season ending in China with the newly introduced Tour of Guangxi (October 19-24).

Points are awarded to riders who finish highly in races as well as wearing the leader’s jersey in stage races and topping major classifications, with the season-long WorldTour ranking updated after every event for individual riders and teams. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) topped the men’s table in 2016.

The women’s WorldTour made its debut in the 2016 season, and gains four new events for 2017: the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Ladies Tour of Norway and Boels Rental Ladies Tour. American rider Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) topped the inaugural women’s WorldTour ranking in 2016.

Men’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on June 18)

1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 5242.25 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 4726 pts
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 3930 pts
4. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 3740 pts
5. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 3266 pts
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 2692 pts
7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 2503.4 pts
8. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 2357 pts
9. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Team Bahrain-Merida 2275 pts
10. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 2210 pts

Men’s team ranking

1. Quick-Step Floors 8990 points
2. BMC Racing 7828 pts
3. Movistar 5952 pts
4. Team Sky 5521 pts
5. Orica-Scott 5396 pts

Women’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on April 23)

1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans 1240 points
2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling 1194.33 pts
3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla 1000 pts
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-high5 997 pts
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling 972 pts
6. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott 953 pts
7. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans 904 pts
8. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb 886 pts
9. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle-high5 851.5 pts
10. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini 826 pts

Women’s team ranking

1. Boels-Dolmans 3427.5 points
2. Team Sunweb 2835.75 pts
3. WM3 Pro Cycling 2723.08 pts
4. Cervelo-Bigla 2526 pts
5. Wiggle-High5 2510 pts

Men’s UCI WorldTour 2017 calendar

Date Race Country Report
17-22 January Tour Down Under Australia >>>
29 January Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Australia >>>
6-10 February Tour of Qatar (Cancelled)
23-26 February Abu Dhabi Tour United Arab Emirates >>>
25 February Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Belgium >>>
4 March Strade Bianche Italy >>>
5-12 March Paris-Nice France >>>
8-14 March Tirreno-Adriatico Italy >>>
18 March Milan-San Remo Italy >>>
20-26 March Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Spain >>>
22 March Dwars Door Vlaanderen Belgium >>>
24 March E3 Harelbeke Belgium >>>
26 March Ghent-Wevelgem Belgium >>>
2 April Tour of Flanders Belgium >>>
3-8 April Vuelta al País Vasco Spain >>>
9 April Paris-Roubaix France >>>
16 April Amstel Gold Race Netherlands >>>
19 April La Flèche Wallonne Belgium >>>
23 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium >>>
25-30 April Tour de Romandie Switzerland >>>
1 May Eschborn-Frankfurt Germany >>>
6-28 May Giro d’Italia Italy >>>
14-21 May Tour of California United States >>>
4-11 June Critérium du Dauphiné France >>>
10-18 June Tour de Suisse Switzerland >>>
1-23 July Tour de France France
29 July Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian Spain
29 July-4 August Tour of Poland Poland
30 July RideLondon-Surrey Classic Great Britain
7-13 August Eneco Tour Benelux
19 August-10 September Vuelta a España Spain
20 August Cyclassics Hamburg Germany
27 August Bretagne Classic–Ouest-France France
8 September Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada
10 September Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Canada
30 September Il Lombardia Italy
10-15 October Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Turkey
19-24 October Tour of Guangxi China

Women’s UCI WorldTour 2017 calendar

Date Race Country Report
4 March Strade Bianche Italy >>>
11 March Ronde Van Drenthe Netherlands >>>
19 March Trofeo Binda Italy >>>
26 March Ghent-Wevelgem Belgium >>>
2 April Tour of Flanders Belgium >>>
16 April Amstel Gold Race Netherlands >>>
19 April Flèche Wallonne Belgium >>>
23 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium >>>
5-7 May Tour of Chongming Island China >>>
11-14 May Tour of California USA >>>
4 June Philadelphia Classic (Cancelled) USA
7-11 June Women’s Tour Great Britain >>>
30 June-9 July Giro Rosa Italy
20 July La Course by le Tour de France France
29 July RideLondon Great Britain
11 August Vargarda team time trial Sweden
13 August Vargarda road race Sweden
17-20 August Ladies Tour of Norway Norway
26 August GP Plouay France
29 August-3 September Boels Rental Ladies Tour Netherlands
10 September Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Spain

The 2017 Tour de Romandie (April 25-April 30) starts next week and Eurosport can give you exclusive coverage of the race

A strong line-up of general classification contenders will start the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday and Eurosport will bring us the television coverage