The Union Cycliste Internationale 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 are held in continental Europe, but the 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. The short-lived Tour of Beijing in China was one of the series’ most controversial inclusions, but this has now been shelved.

The Tour Down Under kicks the calendar off in January, and the series finishes 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.

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
01.10 Il Lombardia Italy
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