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 were some significant changes to the top-level men’s road racing calendar in 2017, with the WorldTour gaining 10 new events. The number of WorldTour events totals 37 races, with 15 countries visited from January to October.

The Tour Down Under in Australia (January 16-21) is the traditional WorldTour season opener followed by the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia) on January 28, and the Abu Dhabi Tour (February 21-25), Omloop Het Niewusblad in Belgium (February 24) and Strade Bianche in Italy (March 3).

Milan-San Remo (March 17) kicks off the Classics season proper in Europe, which runs well into April and includes highlights such as the Tour of Flanders (April 1), Paris-Roubaix (April 8) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 22).

The opening Grand Tour of the season is the Giro d’Italia over May 5-27, and the Tour of California in the same month (May 13-19) – the USA’s only WorldTour event.

The Tour de France takes place over July 7-29, with the sole British WorldTour event, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, taking place on July 29.

The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España brings the three-week stage races to a close over August 25 to September 16 with the WorldTour season ending in China with the Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21).

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. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) topped the table in 2017.

The Women’s WorldTour calendar gains three races for 2018: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, WWT Emakumeen XXXI. Bira and Tour of Guangxi to extend the number of races from 20 in 2017 to 23 in 2018.

The women’s calendar commences with Strade Bianche in Italy on March 3 and concludes with the Tour of Guangxi on October 21.

UCI WorldTour ranking (as of Jan 22)

1. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott, 585 pts
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing, 460 pts
3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data, 335 pts
4. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, 275 pts
5. Dried Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, 225
6. Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky, 175 pts
7. Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida, 150 pts
8. Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Astana, 135 pts
9. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, 115 pts
10. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo, 100 pts

Men’s UCI WorldTour 2018 calendar

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

Women’s UCI WorldTour 2018 calendar

Date Race Country Report
3 March Strade Bianche Italy
11 March Ronde Van Drenthe Netherlands
18 March Trofeo Alfredo Binda Italy
22 March Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde Belgium
25 March Ghent-Wevelgem Belgium
1 April Tour of Flanders Belgium
15 April Amstel Gold Race Netherlands
18 April Flèche Wallonne Belgium
22 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium
26-28 April Tour of Chongming Island China
10-13 May Tour of California USA
19-22 May Emakumeen XXXI. Bira Spain
13-17 June Women’s Tour Great Britain
6-15 July Giro Rosa Italy
17 July La Course by Le Tour de France France
28 July RideLondon Classique Great Britain
10 August Vargarda team time trial Sweden
12 August Vargarda road race Sweden
16-19 August Ladies Tour of Norway Norway
25 August GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération France
28 August-2 September Boels Ladies Tour Netherlands
16 September Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Spain
21 October Tour of Guangxi China

Get the latest Tour Down Under start list as the pro cycling WorldTour gets underway on January 16-21 2018