UCI World Tour
The UCI World Tour (2009–2010: UCI World Ranking) is the premier men's elite road cycling tour, sitting above the various regional UCI Continental Circuits. It refers to both the tour of 37 events and an annual ranking system based upon performances in these. The World Ranking was launched in 2009, and merged fully with its predecessor the UCI ProTour in 2011. UCI WorldTeams must compete at all rounds of the tour.
|Current season, competition or edition:
2018 UCI World Tour
|Sport||Road bicycle racing|
|No. of teams||18 (Others invited on
race by race basis)
|Rider: Greg Van Avermaet
Team: Team Sky
Until the end of 2004, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) maintained both the UCI Road World Rankings, which awarded results for all its sanctioned races, and the UCI Road World Cup, which was awarded on the basis of performance in ten selected one-day events. Both were replaced from the 2005 season by the UCI ProTour and UCI Continental Circuits. However, disputes between the UCI and ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France and other classics, and eventually with the organisers of the Tours of Italy and Spain, meant that by 2008 the ProTour was devalued as a ranking method, as only one of the Monument events, and three other classics, remained under the auspices of the UCI. As a result, the UCI World Ranking was introduced, merging performances from both the ProTour and other prestigious events.
At the start of 2011, the ProTour and World Ranking were fully merged again. The ranking system was re-branded as the 'World Tour', whilst 'ProTeam'  was retained as a registration category for professional teams. All ProTeams gain automatic entry to World Tour events.
Despite finishing second in the team rankings in 2012, Team Katusha were initially refused a place in the top tier for 2013. After appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, they were reinstated in February 2013, having already missed the 2013 Tour Down Under. Although the UCI had earlier asserted that the reinstatement of Katusha would result in demotion of another team, they eventually announced that there would be 19 ProTour teams for that one season. In 2015, there are only 17 teams, as there was no applicant for the 18th slot.
For the 2017 season the UCI added 10 new events to the calendar, bringing the total number of events to 38. The new events are: Tour of California, Tour of Qatar, Abu Dhabi Tour, Tour of Turkey, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, London–Surrey Classic, Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop and Strade Bianche.
Ranking events (since 2017)Edit
The UCI World Tour consists of 37 events. These events are made up from:
- The three Grand Tours
- The five Monument one-day races
- Ten further stage races in Europe
- Twelve further one-day races in Europe
- One stage race in Australia
- One stage race in United Arab Emirates
- One stage race in United States
- One stage race in China
- One one-day race in Australia
- Two one-day races in Canada
In 2009 and 2010, only riders for ProTour teams and Professional Continental teams could earn points. When a national squad, that is not a UCI registered team, participated in a race, its members were not eligible to receive points. In 2011, a rule change meant that only riders on ProTeam squads were eligible for points.
From 2012 to 2015, the Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships contributed points to the team classification only.
Nation ranking (until 2016)Edit
Winners by raceEdit
Winners after expansion (since 2017)Edit
Most race winsEdit
Riders in italics are no longer active.
|Greg Van Avermaet||6|
|15.||Edvald Boasson Hagen||5|
Race wins by countryEdit
Race wins by teamEdit
Teams in italics are no longer active.
History of team participationEdit
Dark grey indicates that the team was not operating in the year in question. Light blue indicates that the team was competing at a lower level in the year in question.
- The E3 Prijs Vlaanderen — Harelbeke became part of the World Tour in 2012.
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- "CAS orders WorldTour licence for Katusha". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "UCI confirms 19 WorldTour teams for 2013". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "UCI Rankings points scale". Retrieved 2012-07-16.