News | Paris-Nice • March 7, 2019
UAE Team Emirates heads to France for Paris-Nice
Team with multiple options, including past winners Kristoff and Henao
The Paris-Nice or ‘Race to the Sun’ from March 10 to 17 will include plenty of diverse terrain for UAE Team Emirates. Sports Directors Simone Pedrazzini (Swi) and Neil Stephens (Aus), with help from Paolo Tiralongo (Ita), will guide these seven riders:
– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
– Sergio Henao (Col)
– Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
– Marco Marcato (Ita)
– Rory Sutherland (Aus)
– Diego Ulissi (Ita)
The first three Stages don’t include any serious climbing, but the riders will need to pay attention to the wind and possible bad weather. The fourth stage undulates, the individual time trial covers 25.5km. And three mountains stages back to back with the summit finish on the Col de Turini should sort the overall classification.
Sergio Henao already won the race in 2017. He will form part of the team with Alexander Kristoff, winner of the stage in Contres in 2015.
“We’ll be at Paris-Nice with Henao, already an overall winner. It’s his first European race of 2019 after he began in the Tour Colombia” general manager Matxin said.
“Diego Ulissi, who rode well in the UAE Tour, will ride at his side and Fabio Aru will compete without pressure to perform in the classification.
The team is balanced. We can count on a good group of riders to support Kristoff, who will aim for the first three stages that suit sprinters“.