The Best whole guide to the 2022 Women’s WorldTour
2022 Women’s WorldTour : Learn the ins and outs of the professional cycling circuit, from its inception through the current season’s big events like the Tour de France and the Spring Classics.
New events for women’s professional cycling will debut on the 2022 Women’s WorldTour. These include the Battle of the North, Itzulia Women’s Tour, Tour de Romandie, and the much-anticipated return of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
Even though the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the lower-level Santos Tour Down Under had to be canceled due to Rule 19, a number of exciting road races had already begun in Europe at the Vuelta CV Feminas and Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, and they continued at the Opening Weekend for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (1.Pro) and Omloop van het Hageland (1.1) in preparation for the 2022 Women’s
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Top-level series has 25 events (a combination of one-day and stage races) to provide women’s peloton and cycling fans with eight months of professional bike racing. Previously, the World Cup was a one-day event. The season kicks off on March 5 at Strade Bianche and wraps up on October 25 at the Tour of Guangxi, where the best individual rider, best young rider, and best team winners will be announced.
The 2018 and 2021 series titles were won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), who will be a strong contender in the Tour de France Femmes and other tough one-day events and stage races this year.
Female cyclists Megan Guarnier (2016), Lizzie Deignan (2020), Marianne Vos (2019), Anna van der Breggen (2017), and Deignan (2020) have all won the elite women’s individual title.
Niamh Fisher-Black (2021), Liane Lippert (2020), Lorena Wiebes (2019), Sofia Bertizzolo (2018), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (2017), and Kasia Niewiadoma (2016) are only some of the well-known names that have won the best young rider classification in the past.
One team, SD Worx (formerly Boels Dolmans), has dominated the team classification, winning the series five times between 2016 and 2019, and again in 2021. To far, Trek-Segafredo is the sole team to end that run by winning in 2020.
Schedule for the 2022 Women’s WorldTour
|March 5||Strade Bianche Women|
|March 12||Miron Ronde van Drenthe|
|March 20||Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio|
|March 24||Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne|
|March 27||Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields|
|April 3||Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres|
|April 10||Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition|
|April 16||Paris-Roubaix Femmes|
|April 20||La Flèche Wallonne Féminine|
|April 24||Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes|
|May 13-15||Itzulia Women|
|May 19-22||Vuelta a Burgos Feminas|
|May 27-29||RideLondon Classique|
|June 6-11||Women’s Tour|
|July 1-10||Giro d’Italia Donne|
|July 24-31||Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift|
|August 6||Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT|
|August 7||Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden RR|
|August 9-14||Battle of the North|
|August 27||GP de Plouay Lorient Agglomération – Trophée CERATIZIT|
|August 30 – September 4||Simac Ladies Tour|
|September 7-11||Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta|
|October 7-9||Tour de Romandie|
|October 13-15||Tour of Chongming Island|
|October 18||Tour of Guangxi|
- Canyon-SRAM Racing
- EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
- FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
- Human Powered Health
- Jumbo-Visma Women
- Liv Racing Xstra
- Movistar Team Women
- Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
- SD Worx
- Team BikeExchange-Jayco
- Team DSM
- UAE Team ADQ
- Uno-X Pro Cycling
On January 1, 2022, 14 Women’s WorldTeams were invited to participate in the series.
The minimum remuneration for a rider on any of the 14 Women’s WorldTeams is €27,500 (self-employed) or €45,000. (self-employed).
In addition, the top three women’s teams from each continental region are invited automatically based on their position in the UCI World Ranking, with the other women’s teams from each continental region being invited at the discretion of the organizers. Each Women’s WorldTour tournament allows a maximum of 24 teams to compete.
With nine victories and 3,177 points in 2021, Van Vleuten won the overall series championship, completing the season 600 points ahead of her younger colleague, Demi Vollering (SD Worx), and 668 points ahead of third-placed Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) placed fourth, Cecilie Uttrup Luddwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) placed fifth, the recently retired Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) placed sixth, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) placed seventh, time trial specialist Marlen Reusser (now SD Worx) placed eighth, Chantal van den Broek Blaak (now SD Worx)
For each competition, the top forty finishers get points based on the following scale. The series leader’s jersey goes to the rider who accumulates the most points in the individual classification.
Teams get a weighted score for their efforts in team time trial events and stages. Those points are then distributed proportionally among all the riders who made it to the end of the race or stage. In each stage or half-stage, the top ten finishers get between 50 and 6 points. Last stage points are tallied on the final day of competition.
Riders who wear the race leader’s jersey throughout each stage get an additional eight points.
The top three best young riders (under the age of 23) in the race will get 6, 4, and 2 points, respectively, in the final classification.
Women’s WorldTeams and Women’s Continental Teams are both included in the team rankings. A team’s overall classification is determined by summing together the riders’ individual classification points from the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
Ranking System for the 2022 Women’s World Tour
In the spring
The Women of Strade Bianche, Italy, March 5
Strade Bianche in Italy is the starting point for the Women’s WorldTour. The course for the event is all across the beautiful Tuscany area, and it is run on the white gravel roads there. Into the more typical Spring Classics, the victor of this event will wear the first leader’s jersey of the series.
Netherlands; Miron Ronde van Drenthe; March 12
Between Assen and Hoogeveen, there are 50 kilometers of flat terrain before the finish line, making it ideal for sprinters. The course includes many loops over cobbled sections and four ascents of the VAM Berg. The most successful riders in this race’s history have been strong, one-day specialists who excel on flat terrain.
On March 20th, Italy hosted the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in the Comune di Cittiglio.
The Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio brings the series back to Italy. Traditionally, the women’s field runs through the hills outside of Cittiglio before ending on loops around the city that total 17.8 kilometers. There is a rise through Orino on every lap, but the flat stretch leading up to the finish line allows for a limited group sprint.
Brugge-De-Panne Oxyclean Classic, March 24, Belgium
The race’s short distance usually favors the fastest runners. The race starts in Brugge, travels via Leeuw and Koekelare and Schoorbakke, and ends with two laps around De Panne.
On March 27th, Belgium, in Gent-Wevelgem in the Flanders Fields
As one of the most level one-day events, it often pits the sprinters against one other. The race began at the Menin Gate in Ypres rather than the Grote Markt, and it continued over numerous significant hills, including the Beneberg, Kemmelberg, and Monteberg, before concluding in Wevelgem.
The Tour of Flanders Begins in Belgium on April 3
Oudenaarde serves as the starting and finishing point for the Tour of Flanders, a cycling race widely considered to be among the best of the Spring Classics. Before reaching the finish line in Oudenaarde, it traverses a variety of cobbled sections and severe hills, including as the race’s last critical peaks, the Kruisberg/Hotond, Oude Kwaremont, and the Paterberg.
Female Division of the Amstel Gold Race, April 10, The Netherlands
This is the first Ardennes Classic. The event begins and ends in Maastricht; prior editions have included a steep parcours that includes the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg, and Cauberg, all of which are part of three 17.8-kilometer rounds. There was around 1.7 kilometers left to go from the peak of the Cauberg to the end zone. Last year’s event featured a closed-loop race on all seven tracks due to COVID-19. In 2019, the event will take place a week before the Paris-Roubaix Women’s race.
During the 16th of April in France, the women’s Paris-Roubaix race was held.
In 2021, Lizzie Deignan became the first woman to win the Paris-Roubaix Femmes, making her name immortal in the annals of women’s cycling and the Paris-Roubaix Femmes. The route from Denain to the Roubaix Velodrome was 116 kilometers long, and it had 17 sectors of cobblestone roads, two of which were classified as “highest difficulty” (Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre). The 2018 edition will take place on the same weekend as the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition.
For the women’s race in the Walloon region of Belgium, see La Flèche Wallonne Féminine on April 20.
The women’s Ardennes Classics consist of three one-day events, the oldest of which being La Flèche Wallonne. Since 2017, when the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition returned after a 14-year sabbatical, the series has been in place for women, followed by the long-running La Flèche Wallonne and the introduction of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In 2022, the ladies will climb the Mur de Huy three times in preparation for the race’s famous conclusion. Anna van der Breggen, who is now retired, set a record by winning La Flèche Wallonne seven times in a row.
Belgium Women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège Race (April 24)
After the Ardennes Classics week comes to a close with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the riders can focus on the summer stage events. Starting in Bastogne, the race then proceeds to the Côte de Wanne and Côte de la Haute-Levée, and for the first time this year, the Côte de Mont-le-Soie. Two additional leg-burners, Col du Rosier and Côte de Desiné, have been added before the finish in Liège, which means that the last hills, Côte de La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, will be much more challenging.
Itzulia Women will take place in Spain from May 13-15.
The new women’s stage race, which was going to be hosted by the same organiers as the one-day event at Clásica San Sebastián, was supposed to make its debut in 2021 but was ultimately scrapped due to lack of interest. The race’s organizers have decided to put it back on the women’s schedule so that it may serve as the first round of stage racing for the Women’s WorldTour.
Vuelta a Burgos Feminas- May 19-22, Spain
Formerly a part of the ProSeries, the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas was elevated to the Women’s WorldTour for the first time in 2018. This was done in order to provide the women’s peloton with a much-needed stage race in the month of May. This was especially important following the cancellation of the Tour of California and the Emakumeen Bira in previous years.
RideLondon Classique will take place from May 27-29 in the United Kingdom.
The Women’s WorldTour will welcome back the RideLondon Classique as a sanctioned event in 2022 after it has been transformed into a three-day competition as part of the revised RideLondon Classique. RideLondon is a race that is completed in an one day and was included on the inaugural schedule for the Women’s WorldTour in the year 2016. Owing to scheduling conflicts with other events on the top-tier calendar, it was originally scheduled to be a 1.
Pro race in 2020; however, it was ultimately scrapped due to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus. The new three-day event that is part of the RideLondon Classique will begin and end in downtown London, with the first two stages of the race taking place in Essex.
The Women’s Tour will take place in Great Britain from June 6-11.
Because the event organizers, SweetSpot, decided to bring the prize fund for this race up to the same level as the prize fund for the men’s Tour of Britain in 2019, which was set at €97,880 for a total of six days of competition, this is widely considered to be one of the most popular and progressive races on the Women’s WorldTour.
They also made an announcement about their intention to provide live coverage of the women’s race within the next five years. This coverage is mandatory for the top-tier series; however, as a result of the difficulties caused by the pandemic, they were required to reduce the prize fund and did not provide live streaming in the previous year. The organizers want to resume live streaming competitions with equal prize money in the year 2022.
The Women’s Giro d’Italia will take place from July 1-10 in Italy.
After failing to provide live transmission of the event in 2020, the Giro d’Italia Donne has been demoted to a less prestigious position on the Women’s WorldTour. It is the only event that is now offered that features 10 days of competition with well-known mountain passes including the Stelvio, Zoncolan, Gavia, and Mortirolo. In the year 2022, the race will be commemorating its 33rd year in existence.
Tour de France Femmes with Zwift – July 24-31, France
Cyclingnews will have live coverage of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, so be sure to check back for that, as well as our complete report, results, photo gallery, and other news and features when the event is done.
With the revival of the Tour de France with Zwift, the Women’s WorldTour schedule will play home to the event that generates the greatest buzz during the whole year. The Eiffel Tower will serve as the starting point for the race, while the summit finish will take place atop La Planche des Belles Filles.
It will have a total distance of 1,029 kilometers and will contain two stages for puncheurs, a stage filled with gravel sections, and four flat stages that might conclude in group sprints or breakaway victories. The overall winner of the Tour de France will be determined on a series of back-to-back mountain stages in the Vosges.
Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden The TTT and RR will be held in Sweden on August 6-7.
Once again, the city of Vrgarda will play home to two consecutive one-day events on the Women’s WorldTour. The first of these will be a team time trial, which will take place on August 6, and the second will be a road race, which will take place on August 7. The time trial is one of the last of its sort on the top-tier schedule, but it still draws all of the finest teams, whereas the road race is best suited for sprinters who can hit their targets quickly.
The Battle of the North took place from August 9 to August 14 in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.
The long-awaited “Battle of the North” will finally take place in 2022 according to the plans that were published by the organizers of the Ladies Tour of Norway. The event is scheduled to take place in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden in a total of six stages, according to the current plans. Those responsible for organizing the Ladies Tour of Norway, in addition to the Danish and Swedish Federations, are lending their support to the event.
GP Lorient Agglomération – Trophée CERATIZIT – August 27, France
Late in the month of August is when the GP de Plouay takes place, marking the beginning of the season’s wind-down. The course for the women’s race consists of one major loop followed by four shorter circuits totaling 13 kilometers and three hills. Just two kilometers separate the finish line from the last ascent, which is situated in Plouay.
The Simac Ladies Tour will take place in the Netherlands from August 30 to September 4.
It is the most important stage race in the Netherlands, and it will be competing on the Women’s WorldTour for the first time in 2017. It is about to enter its 23rd edition. Every year in late August, the organizers invite the best women’s teams in the world to participate in a series of six races. Former champions include Leontien van Moorsel, Petra Rosner, Kristin Armstrong, Annemiek van Vleuten, to mention a few, while Marianne Vos has won the overall title twice.
The Ceratizit Challenge, organized by La Vuelta, will take place in Spain from September 7-11.
The organizers of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta have decided to increase the number of stages in their competition from four to five beginning in 2022. The competition began as a single-day event in Madrid in 2015, but it has since grown to include two stages, and a third stage is scheduled to be added in 2020.
The race was extended to four days in 2021, with two mid-mountain stages, a mountain time trial to the Cabeza de Manzaneda Ski Resort, and a sprint finish in Santiago de Compostela. This made it the most difficult of any of the previous editions that had been staged up to that point.
Tour de Romandie – October 7-9, Switzerland
In 2022, the Tour de Romandie will debut its first-ever women’s competition, which will be a three-day affair similar to the men’s race. The Tour de Romandie is an established event that is conducted on the men’s WorldTour and will celebrate its 75th edition in 2022. It will be a welcome addition to the schedule for the top-tier women’s competition, especially owing to the traditionally hilly terrain in Switzerland.
The 13th through the 15th of October: A Tour to Chongming Island in China
As a result of COVID-19, the Tour of Chongming Island has resumed its operations after being suspended for the previous two years. Due to the fact that there are three flat stages in the race, it has historically been suited well for sprinters. The event has been changed to a new date in October, and it will now be the last stage race of the season. Although it is traditionally held in May, the date has been shifted.
Visiting Guangxi on the 18th of October in China
The Women’s WorldTour will come to a close in 2022 with the completion of the Tour of Guangxi, which will not take place in either 2020 or 2021. The most recent competition, which took place in 2019, saw the ladies compete across a distance of 146 kilometers and began and ended in Guilin. The course was designed with sprinters in mind since it was almost entirely flat.
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