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.

UAE Team Emirates
Team information
RegisteredItaly (1999–2016)
UAE (2017–present)
Founded1999 (1999)
StatusUCI WorldTeam
ComponentsShimano, Enve
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerMauro Gianetti
Team manager(s)Matxin Fernandez
Team name history
1999–2002 Lampre–Daikin
2003–2004 Lampre–Caffita
2005 Lampre
2006–2007 Lampre–Fondital
2008 Lampre
2009 Lampre–NGC
2010 Lampre–Farnese Vini
2011–2012 Lampre–ISD
2013–2016 Lampre–Merida
2017 UAE Abu Dhabi
2017– UAE Team Emirates
Current season
The team at the 2023 Paris–Nice

History edit

The team was temporarily suspended from the ProTour in 2010, missing one ProTour event.[1]

Transition from an Italian-based team edit

Chinese involvement edit

In August 2016 the team (then called Lampre-Merida) 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]

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 rescue edit

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 was subsequently 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 roster edit

As of 25 January 2024.[8]
Rider Date of birth
  João Almeida (POR) (1998-08-05) 5 August 1998 (age 25)
  Igor Arrieta (ESP) (2002-12-08) December 8, 2002 (age 21)
  Juan Ayuso (ESP) (2002-09-16) 16 September 2002 (age 21)
  Filippo Baroncini (ITA) (2000-08-26) 26 August 2000 (age 23)
  Sjoerd Bax (NED) (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 28)
  Mikkel Bjerg (DEN) (1998-11-03) 3 November 1998 (age 25)
  Jan Christen (SUI) (2004-06-26) 26 June 2004 (age 19)
  Alessandro Covi (ITA) (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 25)
  Isaac del Toro (MEX) (2003-11-27) 27 November 2003 (age 20)
  Finn Fisher-Black (NZL) (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 22)
  Felix Großschartner (AUT) (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 30)
  Marc Hirschi (SUI) (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 25)
  Álvaro Hodeg (COL) (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 27)
  Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR) (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 35)
  Rafał Majka (POL) (1989-09-12) 12 September 1989 (age 34)
Rider Date of birth
  Brandon McNulty (USA) (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 25)
  Juan Sebastián Molano (COL) (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 29)
  António Morgado (POR) (2004-01-28) 28 January 2004 (age 20)
  Domen Novak (SLO) (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 28)
  Ivo Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 27)
  Rui Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 27)
  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 25)
  Nils Politt (GER) (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 29)
  Pavel Sivakov (FRA) (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 26)
  Marc Soler (ESP) (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 30)
  Diego Ulissi (ITA) (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 34)
  Jay Vine (AUS) (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 28)
  Michael Vink (NZL) (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 32)
  Tim Wellens (BEL) (1991-05-10) 10 May 1991 (age 32)
  Adam Yates (GBR) (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 31)

Major wins edit

National, continental, and world champions edit

  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
  UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
  African Road Race, Ryan Gibbons
  South Africa Time Trial, Ryan Gibbons
  UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
  UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
  Swiss Time Trial, Joel Suter
  Portuguese Road Race, João Almeida
  Australian Time Trial, Jay Vine
  Slovenian Time Trial, Tadej Pogačar
  Slovenian Road Race, Tadej Pogačar
  American Time Trial, Brandon McNulty
  Portuguese Time Trial, João Almeida
  Swiss Road Race, Marc Hirschi

References edit

  1. ^ "Lampre granted temporary ProTour license -". Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  2. ^ "TJ Sport Consultation to take over Lampre-Merida's WorldTour licence". 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. ^ Farrand, Stephen (3 September 2016). "Saronni reveals details of the new Chinese WorldTour team". Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (13 December 2016). "New sponsor set to save TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers". Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Saronni reveals how he secured UAE Abu Dhabi's WorldTour licence". 26 December 2016. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Fly Emirates to sponsor UAE Abu Dhabi team -". Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "UAE Team Emirates brings on new sponsor ahead of Tour de France -". Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". UCI. Retrieved 5 January 2024.

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