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RideLondon dropped from men's WorldTour for 2021

Joe Robinson
29 Jul 2020

UCI announce men's and women's WorldTour as UK loses its only men's event

RideLondon has been dropped from the men's WorldTour as the UCI confirmed the 35 men's and 25 women's events for the 2021 WorldTour calendar.

The one-day classic, first held in 2013, was a notable exception for the men's calendar as the UK lost its only men's WorldTour race. The RideLondon Classique women's race, however, has retained WorldTour status with a new date in May, earlier than its usual July or August slot.

As to whether the men's RideLondon-Surrey Classic will still happen is also uncertain. Primary sponsor Prudential ended its financial backing of the event in 2020 and, at the time of writing, event organiser London Marathon Events is yet to announce a replacement sponsor.

In terms of the 2021 WorldTour calendar, the biggest change is the alteration of dates for the Tour de France. The French Grand Tour will now be held a week earlier, from 26th June to 18th July, so that it no longer clashes with the rearranged Olympic Games road race in Tokyo. 

These new dates, however, do mean the race's proposed Grand Depart in Copenhagen, Denmark could be in doubt. The city will be hosting a knockout game of the rescheduled men's European Football Championships on Monday 28th June and it is believed Danish authorities are pushing to postponed their Tour stages until 2022.

If Copenhagen does decide to withdraw from its Grand Depart, it is believed the French region of Brittany is first preference to replace it with race organiser ASO.

The only other big changes for the men's WorldTour are the absence of the Tour of California for a second year and the move of the Vuelta a Espana a week forward to 14th August.

As for the women's WorldTour, there are two new women's events both to be held in Spain, the Itzulia Women (a Basque stage race) and the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas.

The women's Paris-Roubaix is also present – to be held on 11th April alongside the men's event.

There will also be no women's alternative to the Tour de France, yet again, as La Course will be retained as a one-day race set to be held on 18th July.

2021 Men’s WorldTour calendar

19th – 24th January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)  
31st January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)  
21st – 27th February: UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates)  
27th February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (Belgium)  
6th March: Strade Bianche (Italy)  
7th – 14th March: Paris-Nice (France)  
10th – 16th March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)  
20th March: Milan-San Remo (Italy)  
22nd – 28 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)  
24th March: AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)  
26th March: E3 BinckBank Classic (Belgium)  
28th March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)  
31st March: Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre (Belgium)  
4th April: Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)  
5th – 10th April: Itzulia Basque Country (Spain)  
11th April: Paris-Roubaix (France)  
18th April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)  
21st April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)  
25th April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)  
27th April -2 May: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)  
1st May: Eschborn-Frankfurt (Germany)  
8th – 30th May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)  
30th May – 6th June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)  
6th – 13th June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)  
26th June – 18th July: Tour de France (France)  
31st July: Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa (Spain)  
9th – 15th August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)  
14th August – 5th September: La Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)  
15th August: EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)  
22nd August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)  
30th August – 5th September: BinckBank Tour  
10th September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)  
12th September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)  
9th October: Il Lombardia (Italy)  
14th – 19th October: Gree – Tour of Guangxi (China)  

2021 Women's WorldTour calendar 

30th January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)  
6th March: Strade Bianche (Italy)  
14th March: Ronde van Drenthe (Netherlands)  
21st March: Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio (Italy)  
25th March: AG Driedaagse Brugge – De Panne (Belgium)  
28th March: Gent – Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)  
4th April: Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)  
11th April: Paris-Roubaix Femmes (France)  
18th April: Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition (Netherlands)  
21st April: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium)  
25th April: Liège – Bastogne – Liège Femmes (Belgium)  
6th – 8th May: Tour of Chongming Island (China)  
14th – 16th May: Itzulia Women (Spain)  
20th – 23rd May: Vuelta a Burgos Feminas (Spain)  
30th May: RideLondon Classique (Great Britain)  
7th – 12th June: Women’s Tour (Great Britain)  
2nd – 11th July: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (Italy)  
18th July: La Course by Le Tour de France (France)  
7th August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT (Sweden)  
8th August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden RR (Sweden)  
12th – 15th August: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)  
21st August: GP de Plouay – Lorient-Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit (France)  
24th – 29th August: Boels Ladies Tour (Netherlands)  
3rd – 5th September: Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (Spain)  
19th October: Tour of Guangxi (China)  

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