News | Santos Tour Down Under January 9, 2024

UAE Team Emirates begin season with Tour Down Under

Team go in defense of title won by Vine in 2023

UAE Team Emirates have announced the team to take on the first challenge of the year as the team heads to Australia for the Santos Tour Down Under (16-21 Jan).



The six days of competition will be based in and around Adelaide, kicking off with a 144km road stage in Tanunda.
The team go into the race as defending champions after Jay Vine claimed the title in fine fashion in 2023.



This year the UAE contingent will be captained by the experienced head of Diego Ulissi on the road with a young but promising team behind him.



Diego Ulissi: “We’re really looking forward to starting the 2024 season here in Australia.We have a very strong team coming into the race with plenty of options for wins. I’ve had some good results here in the past and hope to be competitive but also be able to lend my experience to the younger guys who are growing in the team.

We got together as a group for a big team training camp in December which went very well and we’re really focused on getting the season started on the right foot.”



The team will be guided by Sports Director Marco Marcato (Ita) who will oversee the seven man squad.

The same team will also take part in the Down Under Classic criterium (13 January).



Santos Tour Down Under [2.UWT] – 16 Jan-2024 / 21-Jan-2024
Alessandro Covi (Ita)

Isaac Del Toro (Mex)
Finn Fisher Black (NZ)
Alvaro Hodeg (Col)
Antonio Morgado (Por)
Diego Ulissi (Ita)
Michael Vink (NZ)