Analysing UAE Team Emirates' 2021 Tour de France team

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) riding to victory at the 2020 Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) riding to victory at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Last year, UAE Team Emirates weren't exactly on the radar of those looking for the 2020 Tour de France winner. Eventual winner Tadej Pogačar had just finished a minute down in fourth at the Critérium du Dauphiné and looked a podium contender, but we hadn't put together a team analysis ahead of the race.

While the Slovenian went on to claim a stunning overall victory thanks to his time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles, his team was never the strongest in the race. Italian climbers Fabio Aru and Davide Formolo left midway through, leaving David de la Cruz and Jan Polanc the only riders able to offer high-mountain help late on.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix