Chris Froome to skip UAE Tour, Kwiatkowski and Moscon to share Sky's captaincy
Feb 21 2019 02:30 am CET

Chris Froome to skip UAE Tour, Kwiatkowski and Moscon to share Sky's captaincy
Chris Froome to skip UAE Tour, Kwiatkowski and Moscon to share Sky's captaincy
UAE Tour (c)LaPresse - Ferrari

Chris Froome has decided to skip the UAE Tour. Team Sky has announced that Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon will be taking his place as leaders of the formation in the first edition of the race.

Froome was announced as one of the big stars that were set to be at the start line of the first edition of the UAE Tour, which will merge the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour, but his training and participation in the Tour Colombia took a toll on him and forced him to take a step to the side.

In his place, Kwiatkowski and Moscon will be co-leaders and test their shapes at the start of their season. "It’s the first race for Gianni and Michal this season and after some good winter training, they will be able to gauge where they are at against the rest of the field," said Sports Director Dario Cioni to TeamSky.com.

"The opening team time trial will be very important and will create gaps amongst the GC contenders. The mountain stages will be key for GC, with the Jebel Hafeet climb having been decisive in previous years in the Abu Dhabi Tour."

For Froome, this decision has been a blow. "I'm disappointed to miss UAE Tour, but I need to recover fully from Colombia, instead of going straight into such a big WorldTour race," he explained. "I wish the boys all the best for what I’m sure will be a great event."

Team Sky's roster for the UAE Tour (24th of February to 2nd of March):

Michal Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Kenny Elissonde
Michal Golas
Kristoffer Halvorsen
Salvatore Puccio
Pavel Sivakov




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