The UCI WorldTour is the top-level series of professional bike races, with separate calendars of events for men and women.

There are some significant changes to the top-level men’s road racing calendar for 2017, with the WorldTour gaining 10 new events. The additions mean that the number of WorldTour events now numbers 37, with 15 countries visited from January to October.

There’s no change to the race that kicks off the men’s WorldTour: the Tour Down Under in Australia (January 17-22) retains its position as the traditional season opener. However, rather than being followed by an elongated break there are now a series of events in January and February between the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice in March.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia takes place on January 29, followed by the Abu Dhabi Tour (February 23-26), Omloop Het Niewusblad in Belgium (February 25) and Strade Bianche in Italy (March 4).

Milan-San Remo (March 18) kicks off the classics season proper in Europe, which runs well into April and includes highlights such as the Tour of Flanders (April 2), Paris-Roubaix (April 9) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23).

The opening Grand Tour of the season is the Giro d’Italia over May 6-28, which is joined by the Tour of California in the same month (May 14-21) – the USA’s inaugural WorldTour event.

The Tour de France takes place over July 1-23, with the first British WorldTour event, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, taking place on July 30.

The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España brings the three-week stage races to a close over August 19 to September 10 with the WorldTour season ending in China with the newly introduced Tour of Guangxi (October 19-24).

Points will be awarded to riders who finish highly in all races, with a season-long WorldTour ranking updated after every event for individual riders, teams and nations. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) topped the men’s table in 2016.

The women’s WorldTour made it debut in the 2016 season, and gains four new events for 2017: the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Ladies Tour of Norway and Boels Rental Ladies Tour. American rider Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) topped the inaugural women’s WorldTour ranking in 2016.

Men’s UCI WorldTour Ranking 2017 (on January 29)

1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing with 672 points
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 422 pts
3. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 395 pts
4. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 385 pts
5. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 300 pts
6. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott 260 pts
7. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 260 pts
8. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 250 pts
9. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi 225 pts
10. Rafael Valls (Esp) Lotto-Soudal 150 pts

Team ranking

1. Orica-Scott 951 points
2. BMC Racing with 867 pts
3. Bora-Hansgrohe 482 pts

Men’s UCI WorldTour 2017 calendar

Date Race Country Report
17-22 January Tour Down Under Australia >>>
29 January Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Australia >>>
6-10 February Tour of Qatar (Cancelled)
23-26 February Abu Dhabi Tour United Arab Emirates
25 February Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Belgium
4 March Strade Bianche Italy
5-12 March Paris-Nice France
8-14 March Tirreno-Adriatico Italy
18 March Milan-San Remo Italy
20-26 March Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Spain
22 March Dwars Door Vlaanderen Belgium
24 March E3 Harelbeke Belgium
26 March Ghent-Wevelgem Belgium
2 April Tour of Flanders Belgium
3-8 April Vuelta al País Vasco Spain
9 April Paris-Roubaix France
16 April Amstel Gold Race Netherlands
18-23 April Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Turkey
19 April La Flèche Wallonne Belgium
23 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium
25-30 April Tour de Romandie Switzerland
1 May Eschborn-Frankfurt Germany
6-28 May Giro d’Italia Italy
14-21 May Tour of California United States
4-11 June Critérium du Dauphiné France
10-18 June Tour de Suisse Switzerland
1-23 July Tour de France France
29 July Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian Spain
29 July-4 August Tour of Poland Poland
30 July RideLondon-Surrey Classic Great Britain
7-13 August Eneco Tour Benelux
19 August-10 September Vuelta a España Spain
20 August Cyclassics Hamburg Germany
27 August Bretagne Classic–Ouest-France France
8 September Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada
10 September Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Canada
30 September Il Lombardia Italy
19-24 October Tour of Guangxi China

Women’s UCI WorldTour 2017 calendar

Date Race Country Report
4 March Strade Bianche Italy
11 March Ronde Van Drenthe Netherlands
19 March Trofeo Binda Italy
26 March Ghent-Wevelgem Belgium
2 April Tour of Flanders Belgium
16 April Amstel Gold Race Netherlands
19 April Flèche Wallonne Belgium
23 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium
5-7 May Tour of Chongming Island China
11-14 May Tour of California USA
4 June Philadelphia Classic USA
7-11 June Women’s Tour Great Britain
30 June-9 July Giro Rosa Italy
20 July La Course by le Tour de France France
29 July RideLondon Great Britain
11 August Vargarda team time trial Sweden
13 August Vargarda road race Sweden
17-20 August Ladies Tour of Norway Norway
26 August GP Plouay France
29 August-3 September Boels Rental Ladies Tour Netherlands
10 September Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Spain

Get the latest Tour Down Under start list as the pro cycling WorldTour gets underway on January 17-22 2017