New WorldTour part of a shake-up of women's road racing

New WorldTour and two division for teams are set to professionalise women’s cycling

Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Next year will see the next step in the evolution of professional women’s cycling with the introduction of a WorldTour. The decision was made at the UCI Women’s Teams seminar held in Siena after the inaugural edition of Strade Bianche last weekend.

Many issues were discussed at the meeting, attended by representatives of most of the top professional women’s teams. Other than the creation of the WorldTour, delegates discussed the creation of tiers of competition and laid out plans for ongoing professionalisation over the coming five years.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.