2021 Tour de France moved up as UCI unveils next season’s WorldTour calendars

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The UCI unveiled the WorldTour calendars for 2021 on Tuesday, confirming the dates for 35 men’s events and 25 women’s events for next year.

On the men’s side, the UCI’s announcement revealed new dates for next season’s Tour de France, which has been rescheduled to avoid overlapping with the Tokyo Olympic Games, which were postponed from 2020 to 2021.

Originally planned to run from July to July 25, the 2021 Tour has officially been moved up to run from June 26 to July 18, which will leave just under a week in between the final stage of the race and the men’s road race at the rescheduled Olympics. The new date also reduces the break between the end of the Giro d’Italia and the start of the Tour from around five weeks to four.

The Vuelta a España, meanwhile, has also been moved forward one week. It is now set to run from August 14 to September 5.

Also notable from the calendar unveiling is the absence of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic and the Tour of California. The former had been cancelled for 2020, while the latter officially went on “hiatus” this season, but neither race is included in the 2021 men’s WorldTour calendar.

The Women’s WorldTour calendar, which gets underway on January 30 with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, notably adds two events in Spain next year: the Itzulia Women and the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. The new women’s Paris-Roubaix is also on the calendar for 2021.

The RideLondon Classique remains on the Women’s WorldTour calendar, despite the absence of the men’s RideLondon event, but the Tour of California is absent from the women’s schedule.

In keeping with most of the recent editions of the race, La Course will again be run as a one-day event in 2021. The race is scheduled for July 18.

2021 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar

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

2021 Men’s WorldTour calendar

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

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