News | Volta ao Algarve February 14, 2019

Fabio Aru heads a young team in Algarve

UAE Team Emirates travels to Portuguese race

Fabio Aru will race his second event of the 2019 season. The UAE Team Emirates called him in to captain a young team in Volta ao Algarve, February 20-24.


Sports directors Allan Peiper (Aus) and Bruno Vicino (Ita), with help from Paolo Tiralongo (Ita), will have under their control seven riders:

– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Simone Consonni (Ita)
– Valerio Conti (Ita)
– Kristijan Durasek (Cro)
– Simone Petilli (Ita)
– Tadej Pogacar (Slo)
– Jasper Philipsen (Bel)


The young UAE Team Emirates averages 24.7 years old but is full of talent, with Conti and Consonni coming off a great showing in Argentina, Petilli climbing well in Mallorca and Philipsen already winning at the start of the season in Australia. Pogacar’s natural talent and Durasek’s experience complete the team roster.


“After the good start in the Mallorca challenge, I expect that I will find even more good feelings to confirm the rise in my condition,” Aru said. “The tour offers stages that should provide a good testing ground. Like always, I’m going to ride with grit and go for it in the stages most suited to my abilities.”