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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
Following the success of the first two seasons, the UCI Women’s WorldTour will add three additional races in 2018: the Trois Jours de La Panne, in Belgium; the Bira Emakumeen, in Spain; and the Tour of Guangxi, in China.
In addition to the men’s event, organised since 1977, the women’s Trois Jours de La Panne is a new one-day race in the West Flanders region. Benefitting from the infrastructure in place for the men’s race but featured on its own day, the event will also be broadcast live on television and further strengthens the women’s classics calendar.
The Emakumeen Euskal Bira (pictured) is a four-stage race held in the Basque region of Spain. It has been held annually since 1988, and has so far crowned champions such as Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, Leontien van Moorsel, Marianne Vos, and most recently, Ashleigh Moolman.
As part of the wide-reaching partnership signed at the end of 2016 with Wanda Sports to develop cycling in China, the one-day Tour of Guangxi will take the UCI Women’s WorldTour peloton to one of the most iconic regions of China. Already registered as Class 1 this year, the event is expected to attract many UCI Women’s Teams ahead of the UCI Cycling Gala taking place in the evening of that day.
These three events add another six days of competition to an ever-expanding series. From nine one-day races in 2015 (UCI Women’s Road World Cup), the UCI Women’s WorldTour will comprise 23 events and 52 days of racing in 2018.
“All these developments show the scale of progress we are now seeing in women’s road cycling with three new events coming to complement the already established global narrative of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, greater broadcast exposure and social media cut-through,” said UCI Vice-president and President of the UCI Women’s Commission Tracey Gaudry. “A huge amount has been achieved over the past two seasons in collaboration with race organisers, teams, riders, partners and media, and I’m confident that this journey of progress will continue in the season ahead.”
To read more, click through to UCI.ch.