News | Amgen Tour of California May 8, 2019

Pogačar leads UAE Team Emirates in the Tour of California

Team heads to the United States for the WorldTour stage race

The UAE Team Emirates will line up at the start of the World Tour stage race, the Tour of California (May 12-18) with a young and ready team.


Sports directors Neil Stephens (Aus) and Bruno Vicino (Ita) will take the following seven cyclists:
– Kristijan Durasek (Cro)
– Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
– Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
– Cristian Muñoz (Col)
– Rui Oliveira (Por)
– Jasper Philipsen (Bel)
– Tadej Pogačar (Slo)


Four riders (Muñoz, Rui Oliveira, Philipsen and Pogačar) are under the age of 23 but can lean on the experience of Ferrari, Durasek and Laengen.


Tadej Pogačar, in his first year in a World Tour team, has already shown his enormous talent: “I will try to fight for a good result in the general classification, hoping to still be able to count on the good form that has supported me in all the races of this first part of the season.
It was a great start to the year for me, I learned a lot and at the same time, I pulled in some important results.
I have great enthusiasm and I’m happy to go racing in the United States, where I competed only in Richmond in 2015, when I was in the junior world championship


Of the seven stages on tap, as many as five will offer the sprinters the chance to win, while the remaining two (stages two and six) will present selective routes that will shape the general classification.