Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin to lead UAE-Team Emirates in Tour de France
Jun 27 2019 09:54 pm CET

Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin to lead UAE-Team Emirates in Tour de France
Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin to lead UAE-Team Emirates in Tour de France
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Fabio Aru will return to grand tour competition in the upcoming edition of the Tour de France. The Italian, Alexander Kristoff and Daniel Martin will lead UAE-Team Emirates in the race.

UAE-Team Emirates has announced a roster of eight riders from six different countries to face the second grand tour of the season. "After months of absence from racing, I was able to rediscover the spark of racing, feel fatigued in the legs and to really test my condition," said Aru. "The feedback on my recovery is encouraging. I feel good which has led to my selection for the Tour de France.

"Through the last few months and during my injury I've always stayed calm and I'm taking that into this Tour de France: I will not be in France to worry about the general classification, the Grande Boucle will be an exciting new chapter as I reboot my season. I expect that my performance will improve step by step, I will fight to be competitive and to help the overall objectives of the team and will aim for a stage win if the conditions are right."

Kristoff will be at the start line in Brussels with the objective of shining in the fast days. "I'll be going to this Tour with the objective to try to win a stage, as well as relive the great emotions of last year," the Norwegian explained. "This season my form was better than it has been the past few years, but the level of all the top riders is so high that a good condition is not enough, you also need enormous determination and a little luck."

Martin is set to be one of the main men for the climbing days. "I'm really excited to get racing again at the Tour," he affirmed. "I feel good in training and the Dauphiné went really well, even if we didn't see the same aggressive racing in the mountains that we normally do.

"I've come out of the Dauphiné well and I like the look of the course this year, plus we have a super strong team with a lot of different options and cards to play. I'm just looking forward to getting started now."

UAE-Team Emirates' roster for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of July):

Fabio Aru
Sven Erik
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa
Sergio Henao
Alexander Kristoff
Vegard Stake Laengen
Daniel Martin
Jasper Philipsen




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