Thursday, 18th February 2021 – The third edition of the seven-stage UAE Tour will see all 19 UCI WorldTeams set to start the race between the 21st to 27th of February.
The Bahrain Victorious line-up will be led by Wout Poels and Jack Haig, off the back of strong performances at Tour de la Provence. They will compete against some of the biggest stars in cycling, such as 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and last year’s winner of the UAE Tour Adam Yates.
This year’s edition of the race features four flat stages for the sprinters, two climbing stages and a 13km individual time trial, which will be critical at deciding the GC. The race will start in the town of Al Ruwais through Abu Dhabi and move through four more of the seven independent city-states of the UAE before finishing back in Abu Dhabi.
Alongside Wout and Jack, the team is strong, with Damiano Caruso starting his first race after a top ten finish at last year’s Tour de France in support of our GC contenders, and Phil Bauhaus will battle it out for the sprint stages after his impressive win on the final stage of the Tour de la Provence. It will also be Jonathan Milan’s first WorldTour race and an exciting test for the 20-year-old Italian eyeing the ITT on Stage 2.
Sports Director Franco Pellizotti commented on the importance of the race: ” We have a strong team for the first WorldTour race of the season. It’s an important one for Bahrain, being in the Middle East. However, It’s an important race for all the teams being the first WorldTour race, which shows with the team line-ups.”
Regarding the team strategy, Pellizotti said “We’ve structured the team for all types of stages. Bauhaus is showing good form after his win at Tour de la Provence, and there are four stages for him to fight for with the support of Fred Wright and Jonathan Milan. We then have an ITT on Stage 2, an important stage for the GC and a good test for Milan. For our leaders, Wout is in good shape after his fourth place overall at Tour de la Provence and Jack is a great climber who is capable of a good result. We also have Caruso, who is a good climber and time trialist and has had two good training camps at Altea and Teide, and so we can expect a good race from him.”
Team Bahrain Victorious’ line-up for UAE Tour: Phil Bauhaus / Damiano Caruso / Jack Haig / Gino Mäder / Jonathan Milan / Wout Poels / Fred Wright.