News | Team • August 23, 2021
UAE Team Emirates announce wave of renewals
Gaviria, Costa, Covi and Polanc all sign new deals
UAE Team Emirates continue to reinforce their squad for the future with the announcement of several contract renewals.
Fernando Gaviria will continue for 2022 as the Colombian fast-man hopes to regain the prolific form of previous seasons.
Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Team Manager) : “We all know that Gaviria is a world class sprinter and on his day he can beat anybody. What we want to see now and what we are hoping, is to have that consistency and dependability that we know he can deliver. We are very happy to see him continue with us in the team and we want to see the best version of him going forward next year.”
Another high-profile renewal is the the former World Champion Rui Costa, who was instrumental in the Tour de France victory of Tadej Pogačar this year.
Matxin: “In the case of Rui Costa we’ve seen him take on a new challenge in his long and successful career. Rui is a former World Champion and has enjoyed many great results so to see him convert that talent and expertise to help the team and a leader like Tadej, as we saw in the Tour where he filled an important role, we know we can rely on him for that.”
The team also continues its investment in the youth, with Alessandro Covi committing to the team until 2024.
Matxin: “Covi is part of the new generation of riders who love to attack and really animate a race. We believe he is a rider who can win many races and in the next years and are convinced he will show that.”
The team will also count on the services of Jan Polanc, with the former Maglia Rosa wearer committing to the Emirati squad for the 2022 season.
Matxin: “ Jan is a rider we know very well and has played an important role over many years in the team. He has a lot of experience and will continue to be an important rider, especially on the climbs. We know we can count on his professionalism and work as a teammate.”