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The UAE Tour returns this February with every WorldTeam competing

15/01/2021

The first UCI WorldTour race of the 2021 season, the UAE Tour will take place over seven stages from 21st to 27th February.

Every WorldTeam will be attending, alongside Alpecin-Fenix – the top-ranked UCI ProTeam in 2020. Full route details, alongside more riders info coming soon.

The provisional Team List

Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the UAE Tour organisers and Dubai Sports Council are pleased to confirm that for the first time all 19 WorldTour teams have committed teams to the 3rd edition of the UAE Tour. The start and finish locations of the first WorldTour race of the season have also been confirmed, set to take place 21st to 27th February, as ratified by the sports world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

 

This year’s edition will see the riders start and finish in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and compete over seven diverse stages that showcase the unique landscapes of the UAE. Fans across the globe can look forward to again witnessing a tremendously entertaining sporting spectacle. Twenty teams populate the provisional start list, with every WorldTeam competing, as well as Alpecin-Fenix – the top-ranked UCI ProTeam in 2020.

 

Both the first and second edition of the race – won by Primož Roglič and Adam Yates respectively – attracted an exceptionally strong roster of riders, making for exciting racing. The 2021 UAE Tour will, of course, be no different.

 

Expect to see big names battle for the general classification leader’s Red Jersey, won last year by British rider Adam Yates on fine form. Yates bested 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar by 1 minute and 1 second in the overall standings, despite an impressive display from the young Slovenian that saw him take victory on Stage 5 atop Jebel Hafeet – a 10km long ascent that peaks over 1000m above sea level. The varied climbs that have featured in the first two editions of the UAE Tour have provided world-class team leaders with exciting opportunities to showcase their form. The race’s flatter stages have proved to be a sprinter’s paradise meanwhile, offering fast finishes for the world’s best sprinters including: Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett, Pascal Ackermann, Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria. Cycling fans worldwide can look forward to watching their favourite riders again compete in the UAE Tour from 21st February.

 

Further details of the 2021 UAE Tour teams and riders will be announced in the coming weeks, closely followed by the announcement of the race route. Details of the strict COVID-19 protocols designed to ensure the safety of all riders, staff and everyone involved in the race will also be released shortly.

 

Provisional Team List:

 

  • AG2R CITROEN TEAM
  • ASTANA – PREMIER TECH
  • BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
  • BORA – HANSGROHE
  • COFIDIS
  • DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP
  • EF EDUCATION – NIPPO
  • GROUPAMA – FDJ
  • INEOS GRENADIERS
  • INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
  • ISRAEL START-UP NATION
  • JUMBO-VISMA
  • LOTTO SOUDAL
  • MOVISTAR TEAM
  • TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE
  • TEAM DSM
  • TEAM QHUBEKA ASSOS
  • TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • ALPECIN-FENIX

About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; both the Abu Dhabi and Gary Player Invitationals; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE, the UCI WorldTour event, and the UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Whether it is land, sea or air, we have sport covered.

About Dubai Sports Council

Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sports sector in the Emirate of Dubai. The Council supervises the work of Dubai’s eight local clubs, six of which practice various kinds of sports, in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for People of Determination.

The Council organizes and supports more than 400 sports events in Dubai annually, in cooperation with multiple sports bodies, including a number of major international sports championships, awards and forums. The Council also seeks to develop the sports industry in the United Arab Emirates and the world through various initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award and the Dubai International Sports Conference.

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