The UK could host three events on the new women’s WorldTour planned for 2016, Cycling Weekly understands.
The Aviva Women’s Tour and Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix are believed to be lined up to feature in the WorldTour, which the UCI plans to introduce to women’s cycling for next season.
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A third and new event is also planned for the UK, taking place either in the spring of 2016 or between next year’s Women’s Tour, which this year took place on June 17-21, and RideLondon, which was on August 1-2.
CW understands discussions have taken place to establish a legacy cycling event following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, though it is not known whether this could feature in the competition.
The Tour de Yorkshire women’s race does not currently feature in the plans for the women’s WorldTour however plans to develop the event in 2016 are yet to be confirmed.
The events’ place on the new calendar will be subject to confirmation from the UCI. The world governing body is expected to announce the 2016 calendar following its annual congress at the World Championships in Richmond, USA, next week.
The competition will replace the existing World Cup series of 10 one-day races, won for a second year in a row by Britain’s Lizzie Armistead.
As reported by Cycling Weekly in March, the new competition is set to include a range of events, including stage races and new events, and will total 30 race days.
It is likely the current World Cup races will remain while both ‘La Course’ events, run by the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, could be among the one-day races on the programme. The women’s Strade Bianche, Amgen Tour of California and the Giro Rosa could also make the grade.