This is why I'm against foisting women's teams on all mens' teams. Because some simply don't care, and I'd rather bespoke, separate women's teams that run independently than satellites of men's teams where the women are an afterthought, only included because they have to be and where their talents are allowed to stagnate, and then leave the combined team efforts to the teams like Sunweb, TopSport, Parkhotel, Lotto and Orica for whom the women do have a key role to play in the team's brand. I don't know what the best approach is regards integration - this will depend on the individual teams' positions I guess.
Put simply, I'm happy to see more Cervélo Test Teams around when it comes to the women's péloton, but we don't need more Garmins. Sky have already shown that the only value women's cycling has to them is as something to take credit for, and something to steal funds from when you need an extra pair of hands without increasing the trade team budget.
Shoe-horning a bunch of brand new races to make the World Tour work is one thing, but if it's really meant to be a sustainable thing, then running the risk of killing off races that have proven their sustainability on much lower budgets is not the way to go about it. I think the Women's World Tour is a great idea that has been handled really badly. Peter van den Veen posted a long thing about how he actually thinks the women's Amstel Gold is a very dangerous thing, as he's concerned that when Boels decide to pull the sponsorship plug, a race which has a profitable men's equivalent will not have the same commitment to retaining the women's race, so these brand new high profile races may not prove so sustainable as the races that they replace. Furthermore, an unintended consequence of finding a one-day race for every weekend in the calendar is that the non-WT stage races struggle for viability because the women's péloton is not yet deep enough to run several strong races concurrently. So if those new races kill off established stage races like the Emakumeen Bira, the Route de France and the Thüringen Rundfahrt, how does one learn the stage racing ropes?
The other thing that van den Veen railed against, which is absolutely fair, is the using of the Women's World Tour not to validate the most prestigious women's races (otherwise many of the races mentioned before would be integral parts of it, not being squeezed out) but to artificially inflate the status of a series of races, especially those produced by ASO, which are theoretically women's versions of major men's races, but could also be seen as patronizing facsimiles thereof, where the women ride ahead of the men's bunch to warm up the crowd rather than as an attraction in their own right. At least they could turn the cameras on (listen to Dan Wright and Sarah Connolly's podcast on La Flèche Wallonne and the endless frustration at the lack of coverage compared to the much slicker and better job done by Flanders Classics). But you know, at least at Amstel, Flèche, Liège, de Ronde, Gent-Wevelgem and so on the women get a proper course. The women's courses at London, Paris and Madrid are just a flat crit that they can televise and then wonder why there's no action. Maybe because you served up a pan-flat crit which isn't conducive to attacking riding!
I always thought that rather than slapping themselves on the back about what great exposure they were giving women's cycling by allowing the women to roll up and down the Champs for an hour or two, ASO should have thrown their money the direction of the Route de France. Instead they decided that they wanted to kill off the Thüringen Rundfahrt so that they could give the women great exposure by letting them ride up part of (not even all of) an anæmic Tour de France mountain stage (not even stage race), and if they can kill off TWO major stage races with one stone, that's perfect. Luckily the Thüringen Rundfahrt organizers are made of sterner stuff than that, but still.
The other thing of course is that the women have precious few decent length stage races and precious few mountainous stage races. The Route de France is not the most mountainous race of all but it's plenty enough - we've had Planche des Belles Filles MTFs in recent years for example - while another race that has been kicked and spat on by the UCI is the Emakumeen Bira, a long-running Basque stage race which, well, you know, it's in the Basque country. It just feels like they're tilting a calendar that was already biased in favour of flatter and rouleur/puncheur one-day races, and getting rid of the stage races, which actually cuts the amount of race days. But hey, the TV cameras can watch them roll up and down the Champs Elysées, so the UCI is doing its job.
Like I say, I'm all in favour of the Women's World Tour. But I think it should reflect not an anorexic facsimile of the men's World Tour but actually reflect the prestige of the races on the women's international racing calendar. And that means long-standing free-standing women's races not just should, but must be integral to it.