Tadej Pogacar signs new deal with UAE Team Emirates until 2026
Mar 04 2021 12:04 am CET

Tadej Pogacar signs new deal with UAE Team Emirates until 2026
Tadej Pogacar signs new deal with UAE Team Emirates until 2026
Photo of Tadej Pogacar (c)UAE Team Emirates/Fizza

UAE Team Emirates has announced a contract extension with Tadej Pogacar until at least 2026.

Just days after the young Slovenian climbed to the top of the final podium of the UAE Tour, the Emirati team has confirmed a new deal for him. Last year, the rider had already extended his deal until 2024, but now the team wanted to secure his services for more than five years, which shows the confidence it has in him.

"I feel at home in this team, there is a special atmosphere between the management, riders and staff and it's a good environment to be in," said the winner of the 2020 Tour de France. "The team shows a lot of trust and confidence in me which I am thankful for, and I work hard to show that when I'm racing alongside my teammates. I hope we can have many more successful seasons together in the years ahead."

Matar Al Yabhouni, president of UAE Team Emirates, is pleased with the deal. "Tadej is our present and our future," he explained. "He is a rider who was able to win the Tour de France despite his young age and still managed to handle the pressure of such a great success.

"He showed great poise and determination to win the UAE Tour, a race that is growing year after year and which is of obvious importance to us. I am sure that we will continue to achieve important successes together going forward."

"We are happy to announce the further extension of Tadej's contract with us," added Mauro Gianetti, Team Principal and CEO. "He strongly believes in our project as we do in his abilities. It is already the third time we've extended his contract which shows his commitment to the project we are building here at UAE.

"We are creating a real group, united, with an atmosphere that I don't remember in all my years in cycling. I am particularly proud of this."