What the heck is the Women’s WorldTour?

 

Hannah Troop tells us what it’s all about and when those all-important 2018 races are...

Remember this? Noisy, nail-biting, slippery and sensational, as finishes go, they don’t get much more dramatic. With 23 races on the WorldTour calendar for the top female teams, it’s that time of year when giddiness starts to creep in. Why? Because we know we’re going to be treated to awesome women’s races across the world that will be characterised by wily attacks, unpredictable finishes (as above) and incredible team tactics – all under the Women’s WorldTour banner.

So, just what is this Women’s WorldTour (WWT) of which you speak?
The Women’s WorldTour (WWT) is spread across the year from March to October and is made up of both one-day races and multi-day stage races. Covering everything and anything from the infamous Belgian cobbles to the relentless Basque mountains, the excitement takes place across 10 different countries and 3 continents.

The top female teams in the world battle it out across the season over one day races, categorised by the UCI as 1.WWT, and stage races, categorised by the UCI as 2.WWT. The top 15 teams are invited to each WWT race, but race organisers have the option to increase this up to 24 teams if the races are more popular.

What do you have to do to get your hands on one of those leader jerseys?
Points are accumulated by riders depending on their placing in each race, meaning the leaders jersey can swap hands a number of times throughout the season. Anna van de Breggen was the overall winner for the 2017 season with her team Boels-Dolmans taking the overall team classification. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig claimed the youth jersey classification with some unexpected high placings.

We got Cecilie’s thoughts on the races that get her pulse racing:

Two of my absolute favourite races are Strade Bianche and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I particularly love the spectacular finish in Siena where you can hear the roar of spectators echoing through the narrow streets and your body. It’s amazing. I have also fallen in love with the stunning scenery in the Ardennes region. The varied and challenging course always makes for an exciting race
— Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig

This sounds AMAZING. Where can I watch the Women’s WorldTour?
With so much fantastic racing it’s a real ucking shame the races aren't ALL televised live. A lot of races are live streamed, however, so we’ll keep you posted on where you can watch closer to the action. In the meantime, here’s a list of the dates you need to mark in your calendar RIGHT THIS INSTANT.

Women’s WorldTour 2018 Calendar

  • 3 March Strade Bianche, Italy
  • 11 March Ronde Van Drenthe, Netherlands
  • 18 March Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Italy
  • 22 March Driedaagse De Panne, Koksijde Belgium
  • 25 March Ghent-Wevelgem, Belgium
  • 1 April Tour of Flanders, Belgium
  • 15 April Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands
  • 18 April Flèche Wallonne, Belgium
  • 22 April Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Belgium
  • 26-28 April Tour of Chongming Island, China
  • 10-13 May Tour of California, USA
  • 19-22 May Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, Spain
  • 13-17 June Women’s Tour, Great Britain
  • 6-15 July Giro Rosa, Italy
  • 17 July La Course by Le Tour de France, France
  • 28 July Ride London Classique, Great Britain
  • 10 August Vargarda team time trial, Sweden
  • 12 August Vargarda road race, Sweden
  • 16-19 August Ladies Tour of Norway, Norway
  • 25 August GP de Plouay Lorient Agglomération, France
  • 28 August-2 September Boels Ladies Tour, Netherlands
  • 16 September Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta, Spain
  • 21 October Tour of Guangxi, China

Follow these Twitter accounts to keep up to date with the Women’s WorldTour action:

UCI_WWT
UCIWomenCycling
Richard Steege is Boels-Dolmans team mechanic who gives great Twitter commentary during races.

Hannah Troop knows her onions when it comes to pro racing. Follow her twitterings here

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