UCI World Tour
Current season, competition or edition:|
2016 UCI World Tour
|Sport||Road bicycle racing|
|No. of teams||
18 (Others invited on |
race by race basis)
|Country||Europe, Australia and Canada (formerly also China)|
Rider: Peter Sagan|
Team: Movistar Team
The UCI World Tour (2009–2010: UCI World Ranking) is the premier annual male elite road cycling tour. It refers to both the tour of 28 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.
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.
The UCI World Tour consists of 27 events. These events are made up from:
- The three Grand Tours
- The five Monument one-day races
- Nine further stage races in Europe
- Seven further one-day races in Europe
- One stage race in Australia
- Two one-day races in Canada
|Race||World Ranking Points|
|Winner||Second||Third||final position for |
which points are given
|Tour de France||Overall
|20th (4 points)|
5th (2 points)
| Giro d'Italia
Vuelta a España
|20th (2 points)|
5th (1 point)
| Tour Down Under
Tour of the Basque Country
Tour de Romandie
Volta a Catalunya
Critérium du Dauphiné
Tour de Suisse
Tour de Pologne
|10th (4 points)|
5th (1 point)
| Milan–San Remo
Tour of Flanders
Giro di Lombardia
|100||80||70||10th (4 points)|
| E3 Harelbeke
Amstel Gold Race
La Flèche Wallonne
Clásica de San Sebastián
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
|80||60||50||10th (2 points)|
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.
Individual ranking (Top-5)
Winners by race
Most race wins
History of team participation
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.
- The Grands Prix in Quebec and Montreal were not part of the initial 2009 series, and had their first editions as part of the 2010 series.
- Later in the season known as FDJ.
- Later in the season known as FDJ.fr.
- Later in the season known as Lampre–Farnese.
- Later in the season known as Liquigas–Doimo.
- Later in the season known as Belkin Pro Cycling.
- Later in the season known as Team Columbia–HTC.
- Later in the season known as Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank.
- Later in the season known as Garmin–Sharp.
- Later in the season known as Cannondale–Drapac.
- Later in the season known as Orica–GreenEDGE.
- Later in the season known as Orica–BikeExchange.
- Later in the season known as Argos–Shimano.
- "UCI listing of events and dates for the 2009 calendar". Uci.ch. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
- ProTour is dead, long live the World Tour Cyclingweekly. Accessed 14-01-11
- Presse Release - Registration of UCI ProTeams for the 2011 season UCI. Accessed 14-01-11
- "Katusha denied 2013 WorldTour licence". Cycling News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "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.
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