Hometown: Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)
Date of birth: 05/09/1996
Rui is a record-breaking Portuguese: he was the first rider from his country to win a medal in an international track cycling series when he took 2nd place in the scratch round of the 2013 Junior European Championships.
He is passionate about every type of cycling race, from the Northern Classics to races that end in sprints. This versatility makes him an eclectic athlete who is up to any challenge.
There are a few differences between him and his twin brother Ivo; among these is the fact that he doesn’t speak Italian.
He joins UAE Team Emirates