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 May 1)

1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 2528 points
2. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 1995 pts
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 1701 pts
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 1670 pts
5. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 1362 pts
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 1245 pts
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 1215 pts
8. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 1152 pts
9. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 1143 pts
10. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida 1066 pts

Men’s team ranking

1. Quick-Step Floors 7379 points
2. BMC Racing 6118 pts
3. Orica-Scott 4857 pts
4. Movistar 4388 pts
5. Team Sky 4217 pts

Women’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on April 23)

1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott 469 points
2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling 429 pts
3. Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb 415 pts
4. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans 393 pts
5. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans 384 pts
6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-high5 335 pts
7. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM 265 pts
8. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans 240 pts
9. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla 175 pts
10. Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope 170 pts

Women’s team ranking

1. Boels-Dolmans 1239 points
2. Team Sunweb 733 pts
3. Orica-Scott 714 pts
4. Wiggle-High5 581 pts
5. Cervelo-Bigla 501 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 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