History of UAE Team Emirates
Photo: the 2021 squad
About UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates entered the highest level of professional cycling, the World Tour, in early 2017. The team has the aim of representing an entire nation, the UAE, and promoting a healthy lifestyle linked to the use of the bicycle.
Season after season, the Emirati team has attracted a growing number of world-class riders and quality sponsors, taking them to new heights and successes in the biggest races in the world. The culmination of this growth and success has come with the victory of Tadej Pogacar in the Tour de France 2020.
The new challenge to represent a whole Nation, the UAE, officially begins in 2017.
The team was launched as UAE-Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi on January 4th 2017 in a press conference, overseen by the president Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Daheir, some days before the the teams race debut. On 27 January 2017 UAE Team Emirates obtained its first win, thanks to Rui Costa who won in Argentina on the queen stage of the Vuelta de San Juan on the Alto Colorado. In February, just before the Abu Dhabi Tour, which was also won by Rui Costa, Emirates was announced as co-sponsor of the team, together with a pool of other sponsors such as ADS and IGG.
Important new recruits boosted the quality and the ambitions of the team: Aru, Kristoff, Martin are the three top riders who bolster the depth of the Emirati team.
The difference is noticed with the team claiming it’s first victories in the Tour de France through Martin and Kristoff.
New riders strengthened the team’s roster, with a clear focus on talent and youth.
The year brings success with victory in a major Classic through Kristoff at Gent-Wevelgem and the revelation of Tadej Pogačar : first with wins at the Volta Algarve and Tour of California before claiming three stage wins and third overall in his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta España.
The 2020 season proved to be the most challenging but also the most rewarding year to-date.
The world faced many challenges due to Covid-19, but the team persisted to claim 33 victories including the biggest prize in world cycling – the Tour de France.