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UAE Team Emirates announces eight riders for the Tour de France

Tadej Pogačar Leads the Team with Strong Support for the 21-Stage Race Starting in Florence

UAE Team Emirates Reveals Eight Riders for Tour de France 2024

UAE Team Emirates has officially unveiled the squad set to compete in the Tour de France, taking place from June 29 to July 21, 2024. The race kicks off in Florence, Italy, marking the Grand Depart of the 21-stage event. This year’s Tour de France promises to be a thrilling spectacle, with UAE Team Emirates fielding a robust and dynamic lineup led by the former two-time winner Tadej Pogačar. The team’s composition features a strategic blend of climbers and rouleurs, all dedicated to supporting the Slovenian star throughout the challenging and diverse course.

Tadej Pogačar, who recently secured a victory in the Giro D’Italia in May, will face a demanding 3,492-kilometer route. The race begins with a 206-kilometer road stage from Florence to Rimini, a scenic yet challenging start that sets the tone for the competition. The route then moves west, entering France through the formidable Alps and passing through notable cities such as Bologna and Torino. This year’s Tour de France will conclude in Nice on July 21, a departure from the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The decision to end in Nice adds a unique twist to this year’s race, promising an exciting and unpredictable conclusion.

The team will be expertly managed by Sports Manager Joxean Matxin Fernandez from Spain, supported by a dedicated team of Sports Directors, including Andrej Hauptman from Slovenia, Simone Pedrazzini from Switzerland, and Fabrizio Guidi from Italy. This experienced leadership team will guide the riders through the grueling stages, ensuring they are strategically positioned for success.

The confirmed lineup of eight riders for UAE Team Emirates includes:

  • Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia): The team leader and a former two-time Tour de France winner, Pogačar is expected to be a formidable contender. His recent win at the Giro D’Italia highlights his excellent form and readiness for the Tour.
  • Juan Ayuso (Spain): A talented young rider making his Tour de France debut, Ayuso brings enthusiasm and potential to the team.
  • Pavel Sivakov (France): A strong climber and a key support rider for Pogačar in the mountains.
  • Marc Soler (Spain): Known for his climbing abilities, Soler will be crucial in the mountainous stages.
  • Nils Politt (Germany): A powerful rouleur, Politt will be essential in the flat and rolling stages.
  • Adam Yates (Great Britain): An experienced rider with strong credentials, Yates will provide valuable support and tactical acumen.
  • Joao Almeida (Portugal): Making his Tour de France debut, Almeida is a promising talent with a recent confidence boost from the Tour de Suisse.
  • Tim Wellens (Belgium): A versatile rider who can contribute in various stages, Wellens adds depth to the team’s strategy.

Tadej Pogačar expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming race, stating, “It’s already my fifth time coming to the Tour, and I’m really excited about it. We’ve worked really hard all year as a team to prepare for this, and we hope we can give everyone watching three weeks of exciting racing. It’s nice to be starting in Italy again. I’m coming from there with good memories of the Giro, and thankfully, I can say that preparation has gone very well since then. I took a bit of a break after the Giro, and the past weeks have been fully focused on the Tour. We’ve spent a lot of time together as a group training at altitude and put in a lot of hours in the saddle. We’re in a really good place as a group, and I think now we just can’t wait to get started and hope to fight for the win and put on a good show.”

Adam Yates, another key rider, added, “I think as a group we’re in a really good place and know what we have to do to support Tadej. We’re aiming for the win, and we know if things go our way, it’s possible, so it’s just a matter of staying focused and pulling together all the way to Nice.”

Joao Almeida, excited about his first Tour, said, “It’s my first ever Tour, which is exciting, and I’m proud to be going there as part of a very strong team with big ambitions in the race. The Tour de Suisse was a nice confidence booster and confirmation that the condition is good, so we’re ready to get things going.”

Juan Ayuso, also making his Tour de France debut, shared his excitement, “I’ve dreamed of being at the Tour de France since I was a kid, so to be here about to start my first Tour feels amazing. It’s a privilege to be part of a race like this in a team like this, so I will try and soak it all in as much as possible, but we have a big objective also, and that is to win. We’re coming from a good block of training at Isola, and the group is really united and motivated, so we can hope for good things over the next three weeks.”

UAE Team Emirates is poised to make a significant impact in this year’s Tour de France, leveraging their strong team dynamics, rigorous preparation, and strategic planning to aim for victory. The combination of experienced riders, promising newcomers, and dedicated support staff creates a formidable team ready to take on the challenges of one of the most prestigious cycling races in the world.

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