The history of the team
2017 is the debut year of the UAE Team Emirates, new setting of the World Tour team which has been in the cycling world for many years thanks to Giuseppe Saronni and his sports group.
The new challenge is to represent a whole Nation, the UAE, which are strongly interested in promoting cycling and in presenting as a top level sports and cycling hub.
Team was launched as UAE-Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi on January 4th 2017 in a press conference, at the presence of the president Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Daheir, some days before the debut in a race, which is dated 15 January 2017, in Australia, in the People’s Choice Classic Criterium.
On 27 January 2017 UAE Team Emirates obtained the first success, thanks to Rui Costa who won in Argentina the queen stage of the Vuelta de San Juan on the Alto Colorado.
In February, just before the Abu Dhabi Tour, which was won by Rui Costa, Emirates was announced as co-sponsor of the team, together with a pool of top importance sponsors such as ADS and IGG.
The riders pedaling on Colnago bikes in 2017 are 26: 11 Nations (Colombia, Croatia, UAE, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UK, Slovenia, South Africa) and 4 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe and South America).
Roster 2017: AIT EL ABDIA Anass, ATAPUMA Darwin, BONO Matteo, CONSONNI Simone, CONTI Valerio, DURASEK Kristijan, FARIA DA COSTA Rui, FERRARI Roberto, GANNA Filippo, GUARDINI Andrea, KUMP Marko, LAENGEN Vegard Stake, MARCATO Marco, MEINTJES Louis, MIRZA Yousif, MODOLO Sacha, MOHORIC Matej, MORI Manuele, NIEMIEC Przemyslaw, PETILLI Simone, POLANC Jan, RAVASI Edward, SWIFT Ben, TROIA Oliviero, ULISSI Diego, ZURLO Federico.