UCI WorldTour events are top-level races for professional cyclists.
The events 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.
The men’s WorldTour is comprised of 37 events and the Women’s WorldTour enjoys 21 events.
The Tour Down Under in Australia (January 21-26) is the traditional WorldTour season opener followed by the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia) on February 2.
The UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates) then follows, a six-day race from February 23-29.
Next up is Omloop Het Niewusblad in Belgium (February 29) and Strade Bianche in Italy (March 7). Then Paris-Nice takes place from March 8-15, with Tirreno-Adriatico from March 11-17.
Milan-San Remo (March 21) kicks off the Classics season proper in Europe, which runs well into April and includes highlights such as the Tour of Flanders (April 5), Paris-Roubaix (April 12) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26).
The opening Grand Tour of the season is the Giro d’Italia over May 9 to May 31, with the first three days taking place in Budapest, Hungary.
The WorldTour’s only American event, the Tour of California, has been cancelled for 2020, with organisers hoping it will return for 2021. The race has run for the past 14 years. An exact reason for the hiatus has not yet been provided although race organisers say they are attempting to find a new business model to relaunch the race with next year.
The Tour de France takes place over June 27 t0 July 19, a week earlier than usual to accommodate the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España brings the three-week stage races to a close over August 14 to September 6 with the WorldTour season ending in China with the Tour of Guangxi (October 15 t0 20).
Men’s UCI WorldTour 2020 calendar
Stage three of the Giro d’Italia 2019 (Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images)
Vos in the UCI WWT leader’s jersey. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
The UCI Women’s WorldTour was introduced in 2016, and replaced the World Cup. It meant more race days, and more stage events.
The events kick off in Australia with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on February 1.
Next up are the white roads of Tuscany, with Strade Bianche on March 7, followed by Ronde Van Drenthe (March 15), Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 22) and Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (March 26).
Then we move into the true Classics season – where many of the famous men’s races now hold a women’s version on the same day or weekend.
Here we’ll enjoy the likes of Belgium’s Ghent-Wevelgem (March 29), and the Tour of Flanders (April 5).
The Ardennes Classics of Amstel Gold Race (April 19) , Flèche Wallonne (April 22) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26) all make it into the Women’s WorldTour calendar.
Next up is one of two forays into China, with the May 7 to 9 Tour of Chongming Island.
The UCI Women’s WorldTour comes to Great Britain in June (8 to 13) for the Women’s Tour, before the longest stage race the calendar has to offer: the Giro Rosa (June 26 to July 5) in Italy.
Though its short history has been marred by some controversy over the layout of the event, La Course by Le Tour de France (July 19) still makes the cut, while the UK’s RideLondon Classique hasn’t, with race organisers “extremely disappointed” at its removal from the WorldTour calendar.
Next up it’s Sweden’s Vargada time trial and road race (August 8 to 9) and then the Ladies Tour of Norway (August 13 to 16).
The GP de Plouay follows on August 22 and then the Boels Ladies Tour (August 25 to 30).
Another Grand Tour to host a women’s race within its package is La Vuelta, with the Madrid Challenge in Spain on September 5 and 6.
The series is wrapped up in China, on October 20, with the Tour of Guangxi.