Aviva Women's Tour and RideLondon included in new UCI Women's WorldTour

16 events plus the World Championships will make-up the new professional women's top tier

Lizzie Armitstead wins Women's Tour 2015, stage one

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The Women's Tour and RideLondon GP are two of 17 events to make-up the new UCI Women's WorldTour, which will commence from 2016, replacing the World Cup.

The World Cup was established in 1998 and ran until last year, when it was won by Britain's Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans). But now a new WorldTour, similar to that of the men, takes its place as the leading series for the female pros, with 35 race days included on its calendar.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).