The only World Tour race in the Middle East region, the UAE Tour will be held from February 21-27 covering a total of 1,045 kms, with a significant elevation gain of around 3,500 metres, mostly concentrated into Stages 3 and 5.
The route will cross five of the seven emirates with Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah all playing host to some of the top riders from across the globe.
First held in 2019 as part of the UCI World Tour, the UAE Tour evolved following a merger of the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour.
Organised jointly by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the Dubai Sports Council and RCS Sport, the UAE Tour this year’s race will feature four sprinters’ stages, two stages best suited to the peloton’s climbers and a 13km long, high-speed individual time trial.
Organisers and cycling fans can look forward to watching an exceptionally strong field of riders compete this year, with a series of big names already confirmed for this week’s big race.
UAE Team Emirates’ Tour de France champion Pogacar will once again go head-to-head with defending champion and last year’s UAE Tour Red Jersey winner Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) alongside four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation), ITT World Champion Filippo Ganna and Mathieu van der Poel.
They will be joined by a host of experienced team leaders including multiple Grand Tour-winner Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo), Giro d’Italia and Tour de France podium-finisher Rigoberto Uran (EF Education — Nippo) and former World Champion and Vuelta a Espana-winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) along with a host of world-class sprinters including Tour de France Green Jersey winner Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan, Pascal Ackermann and Fernando Gaviria.