The UCI WorldTour is the top-level series of men’s professional bike races.

The 2016 season comprises 27 separate events, including the three Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana – and selected shorter stage races and prestigious one-day events.

The majority of the events in the WorldTour calendar are held in continental Europe, but the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is keen to expand its top-tier calendar further afield. Recent additions to the calendar include the Tour Down Under in Australia, and a pair of one-day races in Canada.

For 2017, the WorldTour will receive a significant shake-up, with the addition of 10 races, boosting the total number of events to 37. One of the new additions is the RideLondon-Surrey Classic in Britain.

The Tour Down Under kicked the 2016 calendar off in January, and the calendar will finish with Il Lombardia in Italy in October.

All of the 17 WorldTour teams have automatic entry into WorldTour events, with organisers free to pick wildcard teams to make up the rest of the start list. Riders taking part in WorldTour events are awarded points for placing highly, these are used to compile a WorldTour Ranking.

This season saw the launch of the Women’s WorldTour, which was won by American Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans).

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) reigned supreme in the 2016 men’s competition, topping the rankings after a remarkable season that saw him take victory in the Tour of Flanders as well as three stages at the Tour de France. Britain’s Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished third in the rankings with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in second.

The team competition and the nations competition were won by Movistar and Spain respectively.

UCI WorldTour Ranking 2016

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 669 points
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 609 points
3. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 564 points
4. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 436 points
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 420 points
6. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff 428 points
7. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 394 points
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 374 points
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 280 points
10. Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar 270 points

Team ranking

1. Movistar 1471 points
2. Tinkoff 1361 points
3. Team Sky 1187 points
4. BMC Racing 1128 points
5. Orica-BikeExchange 909 points

Nation ranking

1. Spain 1475 points
2. Colombia 1446 points
3. Great Britain 1050 points
4. France 1024 points
5. Belgium 1003 points

UCI WorldTour 2016 calendar

Start End Event Country Report
19.01 24.01 Tour Down Under Australia >>>
06.03 13.03 Paris – Nice France >>>
09.03 15.03 Tirreno – Adriatico Italy >>>
19.03 Milan – San Remo Italy >>>
21.03 27.03 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Spain >>>
25.03 25.03 E3 Harelbeke Belgium >>>
27.03 Ghent – Wevelgem Belgium >>>
03.04 Tour of Flanders Belgium >>>
04.04 09.04 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Spain >>>
10.04 Paris – Roubaix France >>>
17.04 Amstel Gold Race Netherlands >>>
20.04 La Flèche Wallonne Belgium >>>
24.04 Liège – Bastogne – Liège Belgium >>>
26.04 01.05 Tour de Romandie Switzerland >>>
06.05 29.05 Giro d’Italia Italy >>>
05.06 12.06 Critérium du Dauphiné France >>>
11.06 19.06 Tour de Suisse Switzerland >>>
02.07 24.07 Tour de France France >>>
12.07 18.07 Tour of Poland Poland >>>
30.07 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian Spain >>>
20.08 11.09 Vuelta a España Spain >>>
21.08 Vattenfall Cyclassics Germany >>>
28.08 Bretagne Classic – Ouest France France >>>
09.09 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada >>>
11.09 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Canada >>>
19.09 25.09 Eneco Tour Netherlands/Belgium >>>
01.10 Il Lombardia Italy >>>
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