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UCI reveals 2021 Women's WorldTour calendar

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The UCI announced Tuesday the 25 races that will make up the 2021 Women's WorldTour. The top-tier of events will include two new Spanish stage races: Itzulia Women from May 14-16 and Vuelta a Burgos Feminas from May 20-23, along with the return of Prudential RideLondon Classique on May 30.

The series will once again begin at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia on January 30 before moving to Europe for Strade Bianche on March 6.

The traditional calendar will then move to the Netherlands for Ronde van Drenthe (March 14) and back to Italy for Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 21). 

The top-tier spring Classics will officially begin at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (March 25) followed by Gent-Wevelgem (March 28), Tour of Flanders (April 4) and the second annual Paris-Roubaix (April 11). 

ASO surprised the cycling world by adding the first-ever women's Paris-Roubaix to the revised late-season Women's WorldTour this year.

The Ardennes Classics return to their traditional order with Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition (April 18), Flèche Wallonne (April 21) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 25) to close out the spring classics.

The peloton will then turn its attention to the stage races beginning with the three-day Tour of Chongming Island (May 6-8). 

Notably absent from the calendar is the Amgen Women's Tour of California, which announced it would take a one-year hiatus to restructure business fundamentals, however, it appears that it will not make a return to the Women's WorldTour in 2021. Also not returning to the calendar is Emakumeen Bira after organisers cancelled the event last year.

"The organisers of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM have not requested registration of their event on the 2021 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar," the UCI noted in its press release.

The May block of racing will now include two new additions to the calendar with the three-day Itzulia Women (formerly Donostia San Sebastian) and the three-day Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. 

RideLondon Classique will make a return to the calendar on May 30 after being left off the 2020 Women's WorldTour due to overlapping of dates with the Ladies Tour of Norway.

The stage racing continues with the Women's Tour in Britain from June 7-12 followed by the 10-day Giro Rosa held from July 2-11 in Italy. 

As in previous years, La Course by Le Tour de France will be held as a one-day race on July 18 in conjunction with the final stage of the men's Tour de France.

August will see a series of one-day races at Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT and Road Race (August 7 and 8) and GP de Plouay (August 21), along with two stage races; Ladies Tour of Norway (August 12-15) and Boels Ladies Tour (August 24-29).

The Women's WorldTour will close out with the penultimate Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (September 3-5) and the finale at the Tour of Guangxi (October 19).

2021 Women's WorldTour
January 30Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Elite Women's Race
January 30Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
March 6Strade Bianche
March 14UCI Women's WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe
March 21Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio
March 25AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
March 28Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields
April 4Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres
April 11Paris-Roubaix Femmes
April 18Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition
April 21La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
April 25Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes
May 6 - May 8Tour of Chongming Island - UCI Women's WorldTour
May 14 - May 16Itzulia Women
May 20 - May 23Vuelta a Burgos Feminas
May 30RideLondon Classique
June 7 - June 12Women's Tour
July 2 - July 11Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
July 18La Course by Le Tour de France
August 7Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden TTT
August 8Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden RR
August 12 - August 15Ladies Tour of Norway
August 21GP de Plouay - Lorient- Agglomération Trophée CERATIZIT
August 24 - August 29Boels Ladies Tour
September 3 - September 5Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta
October 19Tour of Guangxi - UCI Women's WorldTour