Havana, Jul 31.- The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced the calendar of the World Tour (WT) 2021 with some reforms for the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games for next year, from July 23 to August 8 .
Among the modifications, according to the UCI official website, the advance of the Tour de France appears (June 25 to July 18), while the Tour of Spain will run from August 14 to September 5.
The World Tour 2021 will include 35 races in 12 countries on four continents, with the Tour Down Under starting in Australia in the second half of January and ending in China with that of Guangxi in October.
The UCI warned that the dates of several competitions have been adjusted, precisely because of the appointment in the Japanese capital, to avoid an intercalation of the Olympic road races, designed for July 24, 25 and 28, with others such as the very Tour de France and the Grande Boucle.
Several of the events on this calendar correspond to the two male and female sections. In the women's, Cuba must have a representation -up to now- with the presence in the Kazakh club Astana of its leader Arlenis Sierra, now in second place in the WT ranking with 320 points, only behind the German of just 22 years old old, Liane Lippert , of the team Sunweb , 400.
In the general world route list, Arlenis is installed on the eighth step with 1,284 units, and is led by the 21-spring Dutch Lorena Wiebes ( Parkhotel Valkenburg ), who has 2 384.33 points. Sierra has already secured her Olympic ticket.
CALENDAR FOR LADIES 2021
January 30: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Elite Women's Race (Australia)
March 6: Strade Bianche (Italy)
March 14: Ronde van Drenthe ( Pays -Bas)
March 21: Alfredo Binda Trophy - Comune di Cittiglio (Italy)
March 25: AG Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne (Belgium)
March 28: Gent - Wevelgem at Flanders Fields (Belgium)
April 4: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
April 11: Paris- Roubaix Femmes (France)
April 18: Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition (Netherlands)
April 21: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium)
April 25: Liege - Bastogne - Liege Femmes (Belgium)
May 6-8: Chongming Island Tour (China)
May 14-16: Itzulia Women (Spain)
May 20-23: Tour of Burgos Feminas (Spain)
May 30: RideLondon Classique (Great Britain)
June 7-12: Women's Tour (Great Britain)
July 2-11: Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile (Italy)
July 18: La Course del Tour de France (France)
August 7: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT (Sweden)
August 8: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden RR (Sweden)
August 12-15: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)
August 21: GP of Plouay - Lorient-Agglomération Ceratizit Trophy (France)
August 24-29: Boels Ladies Tour (Netherlands)
3-5 September: Ceratizit Madrid Challenge de La Vuelta (Spain)
October 19: Tour de Guangxi - UCI Women's WorldTour (China) (Text and photo: JIT)