The International Cycling Union (UCI) has released the 2015 calendar for the Women's Road World Cup, with the inclusion of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic (formerly known as the Liberty Classic) expanding the series to 10 races.
2015 will be the first time in 14 years that the United Stages has been included as part of the World Cup. The inclusion comes as part of the Interantional Cycling Union's plans to further globalise women's road cycling.
Next year will also see many one-day, or multi-stage races included in the UCI calendar across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania. This builds on the recent expansion of women's races, such as La Course by Le Tour, introduced in 2014.
Tracey Gaudry, UCI Vice-president and President of the Women's Commission applauded this development.
"We have taken another step in favour of women's cycling. The UCI Women Road World Cup seminar highlighted the progress already accomplished in 2014, which we are going to build on to raise and expand the platform for a new professional series," said Gaudry.
"As President of the Women's Commission and UCI Vice-president, and also as a former athlete, I am proud to see that the UCI and its partners are finding concrete solutions to develop women's cycling."
It has been proposed that starting from 2016 the UCI's top series of
women's road cycling will include both one-day classics and stage races,
significantly increasing the number of racing days throughout the
2015 UCI Women Road World Cup calendar:
March 14: Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe
March 29: Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio, Italy
April 5: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, Belgium
April 22: La FlÃ¨che Wallonne FÃ©minine, Belgium
May 17: Tour of Chongming Island World Cup, China
June 7: The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, USA
August 2: Sparkassen Giro, Germany
August 21: Open de SuÃ¨de Vargarda TTT, Sweden
August 23: Open de SuÃ¨de Vargarda, Sweden
August 29: GP de Plouay-Bretagne, France