2021 Team Preview: UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates Pogacar Gianetti Peiper Matxin Tour de France 2020
(Image credit: PhotoFizza/UAE Team Emirates)

UAE Team Emirates may not be the coolest team in the WorldTour peloton, but they hit the jackpot in 2020 by winning the Tour de France with Tadej Pogačar and are on track to continue their success in 2021 thanks to continued sponsorship from the Middle East and a long-term strategy of rider development.

The yellow jersey has made Pogačar the leader of the clear team but in the last two seasons the arrival of young riders of the calibre of Mikkel Bjerg, the USA’s Brandon McNulty, and Ivo and Rui Oliveira, have sparked a gradual transformation and laid the foundations for the team’s future. Older riders such as Alexander Kristoff, Rui Costa, Diego Ulissi and the Italian backbone of the team remain, while Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, David de la Cruz and Max Richeze have
completed the roster for every kind of race.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.