Last year, the race heralded the beginning of the end to the spring season as COVID-19 hit the race entourage and the final two stages were cancelled. This time around, we can be hopeful that the week-long race will reach its conclusion.
Reigning champion Adam Yates kicks off his Ineos Grenadiers career at the race, Chris Froome makes his Israel Start-Up Nation bow, while Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) starts his 2021 seasons in the UAE.
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) unsurprisingly won the opening two stages, while Sam Bennett (DeceuninckQuickStep) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) also have a win apiece, while Pogačar leads the race after his stage win on Jebel Hafeet.
Cyclingnews will be bringing you full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the race. Read on to find out how to watch the UAE Tour via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.
Yates is joined in the UAE by fellow Ineos newcomer Daniel Martínez, as well as time trial World Champion Ganna and Tour de la Provence winner Iván Sosa. Pogačar, meanwhile, is aided by new signing Rafał Majka.
2018 winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is also at the race, kicking off his 20th season as a pro. Past podium finishers at the race also include Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) and Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious).
Other big-name GC men preset include Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Urán, Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo), and Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma).
Arguably even more impressive than the GC field is the sprint lineup for the race, which should see four sprint stages. The UAE Tour welcomes Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
They're joined by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), and Cees Bol (Team DSM) in what is arguably the strongest sprint selection at a race outside of the Tour de France.
Aside from the four flat days between Sunday's opener at Al Dhafra Castle and Abu Dhabi Breakwater next Saturday, there's a short 13km time trial on stage 2, as well as two stages to serve as the battleground for the GC men - summit finishes at Jebel Hafeet (stage 3) and Jebel Jais (stage 5) - and ones to watch.
Read on for all the information on how to watch the 2021 UAE Tour.
UAE Tour live stream
The UAE Tour will be aired live in the UK and Europe on the Eurosport Player, with a subscription costing £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass. GCN+ will also show the race – where throughout February fans can get a year’s subscription for half its usual cost, at just £19.99 / €19.99.
The race is also aired on GCN+ in North America. For the month of February, a subscription will set you back $24.99 for the year – that's 50 per cent off, with a year costing the regular price of $49.99 thereafter.
If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
Our sister site TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN, you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
|Date||Stage||Start/Finish||Distance||Start (GMT)||Finish (GMT)|
|February 21||Stage 1||Al Dhafra Castle – Al Mirfa||176km||08:25||12:30|
|February 22||Stage 2||Al Hudayriat Island – Al Hudayriat Island||13km||12:30|
|February 23||Stage 3||Al Ain Strata Manufacturing – Jebel Hafeet||166km||08:25||12:30|
|February 24||Stage 4||Al Marjan Island – Al Marjan Island||204km||07:45||12:30|
|February 25||Stage 5||Fujairah Marine Club – Jebel Jais||170km||08:05||12:30|
|February 26||Stage 6||Deira Island – Palm Jumeirah||165km||08:35||12:30|
|February 27||Stage 7||Yas Mall – Abu Dhabi Breakwater||147km||09:05||12:30|
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