UAE Team Emirates starts with big ambitions in UAE Tour
Feb 19 2021 07:49 am CET

UAE Team Emirates starts with big ambitions in UAE Tour
UAE Team Emirates starts with big ambitions in UAE Tour
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UAE Team Emirates is set to be at the start line of the UAE Tour with a strong roster that will aim to take the first victories of 2021 for the formation.

For the team, the UAE Tour is its home race and it shows by the quality of the roster for it. The formation goes to the start line of the first WorldTour race of the year with the objective of fighting for stage victories and even for the General Classification, with the winner of the 2020 Tour de France Tadej Pogacar.

"Our aim will be to pick up where we left the race last year: with a victory," said Joxean Matxin Fernandez, team manager. "Whether it's the GC or a stage or both, we are searching for that first win of 2021 and to achieve it on home soil would be fantastic.

"We're on home territory and we know that all eyes will be on us but it's something we'll use as further motivation. Poga?ar will be our leader but the reality is it's a squad that can adapt to any situation and we will have different cards to play, especially on the climbs. Gaviria has a good track record here also and will be our main man for the sprint finishes."

The Slovenian rider took the win of the fifth stage of the race in 2020 in the already iconic climb of the Jebel Hafeet, and topped the Youth Classification just months before taking the victory of the Tour de France.

"It's my first race of the season so I'm excited to get started and get back competing again," Pogacar explained. "My preparation has gone really well. We've been on Mount Teide training at altitude over the past few weeks with a good group and done a quality block of training with a great atmosphere.

"I was thrilled to get the stage win here last year. Obviously it will be a bit of a different atmosphere this year but we are all really motivated to race and give our all in the UAE colours. Between holidays and training camps I have spent a lot of time in the UAE lately and I can say that the UAE Tour is a race I would really love to win someday. If it can be this year then that would be great."

UAE Team Emirates' roster for the UAE Tour (February 21-27):

Tadej Pogacar
Davide Formolo
Jan Polanc
Mikkel Bjerg
Rafal Majka
Fernando Gaviria
Maximiliano Richeze
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