UCI World Tour
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2021 UCI World Tour
|Sport||Road bicycle racing|
|No. of teams||19 (Others invited on |
race by race basis)
|Rider: Simon Yates|
Team: Quick Step
The UCI WorldTour (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 38 events and, until 2019, 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 events that were part of the tour prior to the 2017 expansion.
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.
In 2019, the Three Days of De Panne (a one day race, although its name retains a description of its former format) was added to the tour, and the Abu Dhabi Tour, having merged with the 2.HC ranked Dubai Tour, was rebranded as the UAE Tour. The World Tour ceased to be a ranking series, replaced in this regard by the UCI World Ranking.
Events (since 2019)
The UCI World Tour consists of 38 events. These events are made up from:
- The three Grand Tours
- The five Monument one-day races
- Ten further stage races in Europe
- Thirteen further one-day races in Europe
- One stage race in Australia
- One stage race in United Arab Emirates
- 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.
Individual ranking (2009–2018)
Team ranking (2009–2018)
Nation ranking (2009–2016)
Winners by race
Winners after expansion (since 2017)
Most race wins
Riders in italics are no longer active.
|Greg Van Avermaet||7|
Race wins by country
Race wins by team
Teams in italics are no longer active.
History of team participation
Current UCI WorldTeams (2021 season)
Previous UCI WorldTeams
Teams in italics are no longer active.
|Team||Country||Seasons in World Tour||No. of seasons||Previous team names|
|Team Katusha–Alpecin|| Russia (2009–2016)
|2009–2019||11||Team Katusha (2009–2016)|
|Tinkoff|| Denmark (2009–2013)
|2009–2016||8||Team Saxo Bank (2009–2010, 2012), Saxo Bank–SunGard (2011), Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank (2012), Saxo–Tinkoff (2013), Tinkoff–Saxo (2014–2015)|
|Cannondale||Italy||2009–2014||6||Liquigas (2009), Liquigas–Doimo (2009–2010), Liquigas–Cannondale (2011–2012)|
|HTC–Highroad||United States||2009–2011||3||Team Columbia–High Road (2009), Team Columbia–HTC (2009), Team HTC–Columbia (2010)|
|Team Europcar||France||2009, 2014||2||Bbox Bouygues Telecom (2009)|
|Team RadioShack||United States||2010–2011||2|
- Prior to its merger with the Dubai Tour in 2019, this was known as the Abu Dhabi Tour.
- The E3 Prijs Vlaanderen — Harelbeke became part of the World Tour in 2012.
- The so called Three Days of De Panne, by then a one day race despite its name, became part of the World Tour in 2019, after the Tour ceased to be a ranking series.
- World ranking points as of the 2019 season
- "UCI listing of events and dates for the 2009 calendar". Uci.ch. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
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- 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.
- "UCI Cycling Regulations: Part 2 Road Races (version on 05.02.2019)" (PDF). uci.org. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
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