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The men’s WorldTour: Why it means nothing and everything in cycling

The men’s WorldTour: Why it means nothing and everything in cycling

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In case you didn’t notice, the men’s WorldTour calendar ended Saturday with Il Lombardia — an exciting race that deserves a better curtain call.

Funny thing, except for a few teams and individual riders, almost no one noticed that the 2021 WorldTour concluded this weekend.Since its inception in 2009, the UCI’s reorganization of the elite men’s international calendar of what had been the ProTour creates about as much buzz as watching mud turn to dirt.In short, it means almost nothing in a sporting sense.While other top sports see their season-long series end in drama-oozing tournaments and playoffs, cycling’s equivalent ends so anti-climatically that no one even notices it’s there. What the WorldTour really is The Tour de France remains the center of the men’s WorldTour calendar. Of course, there are two versions of the men’s WorldTour — the first is the rather arbitrary sporting designation that draws the boundary on the calendar around a cobbled-together mesh of one-day classics, one-week stage races, and the grand tours.The other WorldTour — administrative version — is the one that counts.It’s the one thing that the UCI controls that all the […]

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