The Tour of the United Arab Emirates opens the World Tour with Pogacar, Nibali and Froome

EFE · Road Competition · 02/15/2021

The UCI World Tour calendar will be launched next Sunday with the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, where the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), winner of the 2020 Tour de France, and the British Chris Froome (Israel Start -Up Nation), with the presence of Movistar as the only Spanish representative.

The race that had to be suspended last season after the fifth stage due to the coronavirus, will develop a very strict sanitary protocol this year that will force the relevant tests to be passed before the starting flag and during the race.

Tadej Pogacar, 22, returns to competition thus starting his way to the Tour de France, where he will try to renew the laurels of the winner. In the Emirates, he will fight for victory alongside important rivals, such as the British Adam Yates, winner of last year, who will wear the new Ineos Grenadiers jersey, the Italian Vincenzo Nibali or the Colombian Rigoberto Urán.

The United Arab Emirates Tour It will run until Sunday the 28th and 20 teams will participate, including the 19 from the World Tour plus the Belgian Alpecin-Fenix, Mathieu Van der Poel’s team that was the best in the Professional category in 2020 and has the right to be invited.

Those registered also include Italian Filippo Ganna, and sprinters such as Australian Caleb Ewan, Colombian Fernando Gaviria and German Pasca Ackermann.

This time there will be no press presence in the race and all teams will be staying at the Yas Marina hotel, within the F1 circuit.

The staff will be distributed in other hotels to avoid any contact and three negative tests will be needed to start Sunday in the first stage: tests that will be carried out on the runners, team personnel and organization personnel.

The test will consist of 7 stages and 1045 kilometers. There will be 4 occasions for sprinters, a 13 km time trial and two high finishes, which will be the usual ones for Jebel Hafeet, a 10 km climb that reaches 1000 meters above sea level, and Jebel Jais, where it reaches 1491 meters .

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