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. 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.

This season saw the launch of the Women’s WorldTour, with Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) already taking a number of wins.

Current men’s UCI WorldTour top 10

1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff 337 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 329 points
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 290 points
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 285 points
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 231 points
6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 219 points
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 206 points
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 205 points
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 204 points
10. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep 204 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 Route
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