UAE Team Emirates to train in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
The squad will arrive in Dubai before making the road trip to Abu Dhabi to meet with sponsors and participate in other team engagements
The UAE Team Emirates squad will begin preparations for the new cycling season in earnest with a camp to be held in Abu Dhabi.
The 28-member squad, which also includes Emirati Yousif Mirza, will assemble in the UAE for a training camp that runs until January 22. The UCI World Tour team competes in the UCI World Tour.
The squad will arrive in Dubai before making the road trip to Abu Dhabi to meet with sponsors and participate in other team engagements.
They will then be based in the garden city of Al Ain as they train for a hectic calendar. The riders will take in challenging terrain, including the Jebel Hafeet climb where Tadej Pogacar won a thrilling stage 5 of the 2020 UAE Tour.
Earlier, the team had unveiled their new kit for the new campaign.
The new season gets on its wheels with the UAE Tour, which takes place from February 21 to 27. The season was to begin in Australia with two events scheduled but were cancelled due to the spike in cases Down Under. The Santos Tour Down Under was initially pencilled in from January 19 to 24, while the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was to take place from January 31.
A total of 33 races makes up the calendar and the Tour of Guangxi, which will be run from October 14 to 19, will bring the curtains down on the season.
UAE Team Emirates had a stellar season last year with 22-year-old Slovenian Pogacar winning the prestigious Tour de France.
Andres Ardila, Mikkel Bjerg, Sven Erik Bystrom, Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Alessandro Covi, David de la Cruz, Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Fernando Gaviria, Ryan Gibbons, Alexander Kristoff, Vegard Stake Laengen, Rafa Majka, Marco Marcato, Brandon McNulty, Yousif Mirza, Juan Sebastian Molano, Cristian Camilo Munoz, Ivo Oliveira, Rui Oliveira, Tadej Pogacar, Jan Polanc, Alexandr Riabushenko, Maximiliano Richeze, Matteo Trentin, Oliviero Troia, Diego Ulissi.
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