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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
The UCI announced Tuesday the 2017 WorldTour calendar, with an expansion that adds 10 new events to total 37. Alongside the three Grand Tours, there will be 14 stage races and 20 one-day events. As in previous years, the season will begin in January with the Santos Tour Down Under, and finish with Il Lombardia at the end of September.
“The publication of this new calendar is an important step in the development of men’s professional road cycling,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “Alongside the prestigious events which have already proven their worth, the UCI WorldTour is enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe. I’m delighted to see this development.”
Major additions to the calendar are the Amgen Tour of California stage race in May, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic one-day race in July as well as two races in the Middle East in February — the Tour of Qatar and the Abu Dhabi Tour. These new races were given a three-year registration on the calendar.
29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)
23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
Click through to read more at the UCI.