Four events added to Women’s WorldTour calendar for 2023

The women's peloton racing at the Women's Tour
The women's peloton racing at the Women's Tour (Image credit: SWPix)

Four events have been added to the Women’s WorldTour calendar for 2023, the UCI has confirmed, taking the total number of events in the season to a provisional 29. The additions are UAE Tour, Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Tour de Suisse, while RideLondon has tentatively been downgraded to the Pro Series.

The newest addition to the calendar will be the UAE Tour, a four-day stage race to be held in February alongside the men’s race which has been held since 2019. 

Three of the four added events are stage races, and the season will now kick off with a stage race, with the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under - which was cancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic - now the season opener in January. The race will form part of a mini block of races in Australia, with the WorldTour Cadel Evans Road Race the following week.

The long-running Classics curtain-raiser Omloop het Nieuwsblad will join the WorldTour for its 15th edition. The Tour de Suisse, launched in 2021, has also been promoted, and will grow to four stages in 2023. 

As well as the addition of races, there has been some reshuffling of the calendar, most notably the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta - registered in 2023 as ‘La Vuelta Femenina’ - has moved to May, and will be seven stages long.

There are few details available about the expanded and moved race other than how it’s been registered for 2023, but it falls in the week typically occupied by the Ruta del Sol, GP Eibar and the Navarra Women’s Classics.

Despite some discussions around the Giro Donne moving its spot in the calendar after the inclusion of the Tour de France Femmes, that remains the same in 2023, with a two-week gap between the races.

The Tour of Scandinavia, however, will now be three weeks after the Tour de France Femmes, rather than one. The Simac Ladies Tour is also a week later.

Only one race is missing from the provisional list of WorldTour races: the RideLondon Classique. After not providing the required minimum live TV coverage of each stage in 2022, the UCI have currently registered the race in the UCI ProSeries category for 2023.

However, the UCI may still allow the race to be WorldTour in 2023, but have said that its registration as such will be “conditional to the presentation of firm commitments concerning the live TV broadcasting of all the stages”. A decision will be taken in September. 

The women’s Milan-San Remo that RCS are planning to create is not included in the 2023 calendar.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
January 15-17Santos Women's Tour Down Under
January 28Cadel Evans Road Race
February 9-12UAE Tour
February 25Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
March 4Strade Bianche
March 11Ronde van Drenthe
March 19Trofeo Alfredo Binda
March 23Exterior Classic Brugge-De Panne
March 26Gent-Wevelgem
April 2Ronde van Vlaanderen
April 8Paris Roubaix
April 16Amstel Gold Race
April 19La Fleche Wallonne
April 23Liege-Bastogne-Liege
May 1-7La Vuelta Femenina
May 12-14Itzulia Women
May 18-21Vuelta a Burgos Feminas
June 5-10 Women’s Tour
June 17-20Tour de Suisse
June 30-July 9Giro d’Italia Donne
July 23-30Tour de France Femmes
August 19Postnord Vargarda WestSweden TTT
August 20Postnord Vargarda WestSweden
August 22-27Tour of Scandinavia
September 2GP Lorent Agglomération
September 5-10Simac Ladies Tour
September 15-17Tour de Romandie
October 12-14Tour of Chongming Island
October 17Tour of Guangxi

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