UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates (UCI team code: UAD) is an Emirati road bicycle racing team. The team competes at UCI WorldTeam level and has done so since the UCI World Tour was formed as the top category of road cycling in 2005. However the team was temporarily suspended from the ProTour in 2010, missing one ProTour event.[1]

UAE Team Emirates
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Team information
RegisteredItaly (1999–2016)
UAE (2017–present)
Founded1999 (1999)
StatusUCI WorldTeam
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerGiuseppe Saronni
Team manager(s)Fabrizio Bontempi
Team name history
Lampre–Farnese Vini
UAE Abu Dhabi
UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates jersey
Current season

The general manager, Giuseppe Saronni, was himself a famous professional cyclist, a world champion and winner of two editions of the Giro d'Italia.

Transition from an Italian-based teamEdit

Chinese involvementEdit

In August 2016 the team (then called Lampre-Mérida) confirmed that its WorldTeam licence was being transferred from CGS Cycling to Chinese company TJ Sport Consultation, with the team becoming the first Chinese WorldTour team from 2017. Former Saunier Duval–Prodir team manager Mauro Gianetti was announced as the co-ordinator for the project.[2] In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport the following month, Saronni confirmed that he and CGS Cycling would continue to manage the team on TJ Sport's behalf, and that the team's bicycles would be supplied by Colnago. He indicated that the project was being co-ordinated by the Chinese government via TJ Sport with involvement from a number of Chinese companies including Alibaba, and that its aim was to develop Chinese cycling and riders.[3] However, when the UCI awarded 17 WorldTour licences to teams in November, it announced that TJ Sport's application was "under review" by its Licensing Commission.[4] According to Saronni, the reason for the delay was that the head of the TJ Sport project, Li Zhiqiang, had fallen seriously ill, which prevented funding for the project from being confirmed.

Emirati rescueEdit

As a result, the team looked elsewhere for sponsorship, securing funding from the United Arab Emirates and changing its name to UAE Abu Dhabi. The UCI confirmed the team's WorldTour licence on 20 December.[5] In February 2017, the team announced that airline Emirates had signed on with the team as a naming-rights sponsor. The team will subsequently be known as: UAE Team Emirates.[6] In June 2017, two days before the 2017 Tour de France the team announced it would also be sponsored by the First Abu Dhabi Bank, an amalgamation of the First Gulf Bank and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, with their logo being added to the chest and side of the team's jersey.[7]

Team rosterEdit

As of 9 January 2021.[8][9]
Rider Date of birth
  Andrés Ardila (COL) (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 21)
  Mikkel Bjerg (DEN) (1998-11-03) 3 November 1998 (age 22)
  Sven Erik Bystrøm (NOR) (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 29)
  Valerio Conti (ITA) (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 28)
  Rui Costa (POR) (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 34)
  Alessandro Covi (ITA) (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 22)
  David de la Cruz (ESP) (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 31)
  Joe Dombrowski (USA) (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 29)
  Davide Formolo (ITA) (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 28)
  Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 26)
  Ryan Gibbons (RSA) (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 26)
  Marc Hirschi (SUI) (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 22)
  Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 33)
  Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR) (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 32)
  Rafał Majka (POL) (1989-09-12) 12 September 1989 (age 31)
Rider Date of birth
  Marco Marcato (ITA) (1984-02-11) 11 February 1984 (age 37)
  Brandon McNulty (USA) (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 23)
  Yousif Mirza (UAE) (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 32)
  Juan Sebastián Molano (COL) (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 26)
  Cristian Camilo Muñoz (COL) (1996-03-20) 20 March 1996 (age 25)
  Ivo Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 24)
  Rui Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 24)
  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 22)
  Jan Polanc (SLO) (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 28)
  Alexandr Riabushenko (BLR) (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 25)
  Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 38)
  Matteo Trentin (ITA) (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 31)
  Oliviero Troia (ITA) (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 26)
  Diego Ulissi (ITA) (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 31)

Major winsEdit

National, continental, and world championsEdit

  Belgian Road Race, Ludo Dierckxsens
  South African Time Trial, Robbie Hunter
  Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
  Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
  Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
  Latvian Road Race, Raivis Belohvoščiks
  Austrian Road Race, Gerrit Glomser
  Italian Time Trial, Marzio Bruseghin
  Slovenian Road Race, Tadej Valjavec
  World Road Race, Alessandro Ballan
  Slovenian Road Race, Grega Bole
  Ukrainian Road Race, Oleksandr Kvachuk
  Ukrainian Time Trial, Oleksandr Kvachuk
  Italian Time Trial, Adriano Malori
  Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira
  Portuguese Road Race, Nelson Oliveira
  Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira
  Ethiopian Road Race, Tsgabu Grmay
  Ethiopian Time Trial, Tsgabu Grmay
  Portuguese Road Race, Rui Costa
  Slovenian Road Race, Luka Pibernik
  Taiwanese Road Race, Feng Chun-kai
  Taiwanese Time Trial, Feng Chun-kai
  UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
  UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
  Slovenian Time Trial, Jan Polanc
  European Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
  World Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
  UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
  UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
  Norwegian Road Race, Vegard Stake Laengen
  UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
  UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
  Slovenian Time Trial, Tadej Pogačar
  Slovenian Time Trial, Tadej Pogačar
  Portuguese Time Trial, Ivo Oliveira
  Portuguese Road Race, Rui Costa
  Norwegian Road Race, Sven Erik Bystrøm
  European Track (Individual pursuit), Ivo Oliveira
  African Time Trial, Ryan Gibbons
  UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
  African Road Race, Ryan Gibbons
  South Africa Time Trial, Ryan Gibbons


  1. ^ "Lampre granted temporary ProTour license -".
  2. ^ "TJ Sport Consultation to take over Lampre-Merida's WorldTour licence". 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. ^ Farrand, Stephen (3 September 2016). "Saronni reveals details of the new Chinese WorldTour team". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (13 December 2016). "New sponsor set to save TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers". Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Saronni reveals how he secured UAE Abu Dhabi's WorldTour licence". 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Fly Emirates to sponsor UAE Abu Dhabi team -".
  7. ^ "UAE Team Emirates brings on new sponsor ahead of Tour de France -".
  8. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (9 January 2021). "Marc Hirschi joins UAE Team Emirates". Future plc. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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