The Union Cycliste Internationale WorldTour is the top-level series of 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.

>> 2016 WorldTour calendar, with links to race reports

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UCI WorldTour calendar 2016

Full list of events in the top-level professional cycling race calendar, the UCI WorldTour

UCI WorldTour logos 2016

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