The UCI's Management Committee announced the 23 events that make up the 2019 Women's WorldTour on Friday. The committee met in Arzon, France, from June 19 to 21, to deliberate on the Agenda 2022 and its role in bringing gender equality to women's professional cycling, where they also validated the events for world-class series next season. “The 2019 calendar for the UCI Women’s WorldTour confirms the excellent health of women’s cycling," said President of the UCI, David Lappartient. "This series holds a central position in the development strategy of the UCI and of our sport in general, notably concerning men-women equality. It’s a global competition, consolidated in terms of the number of events and days of competition which will facilitate, without race overlaps, the participation of teams in all events on the calendar. The increase in the media coverage confirms the commitment of organisers, the confidence of broadcasters, the enthusiasm of the public and the growing reputation of our series as a reference for all involved in women’s professional road cycling.” There will be the same 23 events, held in 10 countries and on three continents next year, with minor changes to the dates of each race to avoid the problematic overlaps that happened this year, namely between the Amgen Women's Race and the Emakumeen Bira. In May, Boels Dolmans announced that they could not return to the Californian race to defend Anna van der Breggen's title because they did not have the resources or the riders to compete in two international races, and the UCI told Cyclingnews that it regretted such conflicts on the calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Next year, the Amgen Women's Race will be held from May 16 to 18 and Emakumeen Bira will follow from May 22 to 25 in Spain. "The UCI is very pleased with the calendar which has no overlapping of events, therefore ensuring all races will have the best possible team participation," the press statement read. The battle for the leader’s jersey of the individual ranking and that of the best young rider of the UCI Women’s WorldTour will begin on March 9 at the Strade Bianche, in Italy, and conclude on October 20 with the Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour, in China. The 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar will comprise 52 days of racing next year. However, La Course by Le Tour de France is listed as "to be confirmed", as event organisers ASO have floated between a one-day and two-day format over the years.
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