WorldTour

The Union Cycliste Internationale WorldTour is the top-level series of professional bike races. For the 2015 season, it 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 have included 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.

>> 2015 WorldTour calendar, with links to race reports

Chris Froome wins Stage 8 and the overall 2015 Criterium du Dauphine

Team Sky back on top in WorldTour

Team Sky's successful Critérium du Dauphiné campaign sees them regain the top spot in the team ranking. Alejandro Valverde increases lead in rider ranking

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour Down Under

The end of the Tour Down Under?

The Tour Down Under faces an uncertain future after 2016 the South Australia state government has said, after the UCI recently conducted a review into the future of the WorldTour…