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Strade Bianche and Abu Dhabi Tour hoping for WorldTour status in 2017

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The 2016 Strade Bianche

The 2016 Strade Bianche
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The Strade Bianche peloton stretched out on a gravel sector

The Strade Bianche peloton stretched out on a gravel sector
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The 2016 Strade Bianche

The 2016 Strade Bianche
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) wins Strade Bianche

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) wins Strade Bianche
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Etixx-Quickstep at the front of the 2016 Strade Bianche

Etixx-Quickstep at the front of the 2016 Strade Bianche
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Mauro Vegni, the head of cycling at RCS Sport, has confirmed to Cyclingnews that he hopes the men’s Strade Bianche race will become part of the new-look UCI WorldTour calendar in 2017.

“We’ve made a request for Strade Bianche to be added to the 2017 WorldTour. We’ve been told it’s on the short list and so it was under observation this year. Lets hope it can become part of the WorldTour. We think Strade Bianche has everything needed to go onto become one of the great Classics of the WorldTour,” Vegni told Cyclingnews.

“We’re involved in the organisation of the Abu Dhabi Tour too and it’s also on the short list. I think the UCI’s plan is to have around 20 or so races in the WorldTour but many of them are races that are already in the calendar. I don’t think all the new requests will be given WorldTour status for 2017 but we think Strade Bianche has shown it immediately deserves a place.”