UAE Tour offers sprint showdown between Bennett, Cavendish, Viviani and Groenewegen

PALM JUMEIRAH DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 26 Arrival Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration Elia Viviani of Italy and Team Cofidis Pascal Ackermann of Germany and Team BoraHansgrohe during the 3rd UAE Tour 2021 Stage 6 a 165km stage from Deira Islands to Palm Jumeirah UAETour on February 26 2021 in Palm Jumeirah Dubai United Arab Emirates Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Sam Bennett celebrates one of his stage wins at the 2021 UAE Tour (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Sport)

Sam Bennett returns to the fray and makes his 2022 debut with Bora-Hansgrohe at the UAE Tour, with the Irishman lining up on Sunday February 20 against a packed field of sprint rivals including former teammate Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers).

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) will also be making his season debut at the seven day WorldTour opener, while Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) will be looking for his first win of 2022 after a best finish of fifth place at the Tour de la Provence.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.