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