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 October 15)

1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 3582 points
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 3452 pts
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 2545 pts
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 2544 pts
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 2196 pts
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 2171 pts
7. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 2105 pts
8. Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 2050 pts
9. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 2049 pts
10. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 1987 pts

Men’s team ranking

1. Team Sky 12,689 points
2. Quick-Step Floors 12,233 pts
3. BMC Racing 10,539 pts
4. Team Sunweb 7991 pts
5. Trek-Segafredo 7635 pts

Final Women’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on September 10)

1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans 1016 points
2. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott 989 pts
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling 856 pts
4. Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb 803 pts
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-high5 630 pts
6. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle-high5 626 pts
7. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans 623 pts
8. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb 614 pts
9. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-Bigla 518 pts
10. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini 457 pts

Women’s team ranking

1. Boels-Dolmans 3273 points
2. Team Sunweb 2153 pts
3. Wiggle-High5 1824 pts
4. Orica-Scott 1821 pts
5. Canyon SRAM Racing 1505 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 BinckBank Tour Netherlands/Belgium >>>
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 >>>
7 October 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 >>>

Full list of riders taking part in the 2016 Eneco Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium over September 19-25