UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates
  • Nationality United Arab Emirates
  • Founded 2017
  • Team Principal Mauro Gianetti
  • UCI Code UAD
  • Bike Sponsor Colnago

UCI WorldTeam

UAE Team Emirates

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Formed in 2017 from the remnants of Lampre-Merida, this team has slowly transitioned from a predominantly Italian outfit to a multinational one full of world-class riders.

Their first few years at cycling’s top level yielded some success, but it was after signing the Slovenian phenomenon Tadej Pogačar in 2019 that the UAE-based squad established themselves as one of the best teams in the men’s WorldTour.

Pogačar’s story since signing with UAE is well-known and, through him alone, the team has bagged two overall titles at the Tour de France, five Monuments, 14 Grand Tour stage wins, two editions of Tirreno-Adriatico, and two editions of their home race, the UAE Tour.

While he may be the best cyclist in the men’s WorldTour, Pogačar is still just one man - he can’t win everything on the calendar - as Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) has enjoyed demonstrating at the Tour de France.

To combat this and ensure that they can fly the UAE flag throughout all of the sport’s biggest races, the team has snatched several top riders from their rivals over recent years. In 2022 João Almeida joined from Quick-Step; for the 2023 season, the team poached Adam Yates from Ineos Grenadiers; and ahead of 2024, the team has been able to prise Pavel Sivakov from Yates' former employers.

Yates' first season with UAE Team Emirates was highly successful, yielding a third-place finish at the Tour de France and a stint in the yellow jersey, whilst Juan Ayuso and the recently-signed Isaac del Toro provide the team with a youthful energy that looks set to preserve their status as one of the best Grand Tour teams for years to come.

In 2024, Pogačar will hope to win both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, whilst the likes of Yates, Almeida, Sivakov and Vine could all eye up their own success at the Vuelta a España. Should Pogačar pull off the unlikely feat, the Slovenian will become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to take the Giro-Tour double.

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The Team

Tadej Pogacar

Tadej Pogacar

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Adam Yates

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Joao Almeida

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Marc Hirschi

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Juan Ayuso

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Team Bikes

Link to Vuelta a España pro bike: Juan Ayuso’s Colnago V4Rs
The UAE Team Emirates issued Colnago V4Rs that Juan Ayuso is riding at this year's Vuelta a España

Vuelta a España pro bike: Juan Ayuso’s Colnago V4Rs

Young Spaniard is hoping to take a podium finish once again atop Colnago’s do-it-all superbike

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Link to Pro bike: João Almeida’s Colnago V4Rs for the Vuelta a España
João Almeida’s Colnago V4Rs

Pro bike: João Almeida’s Colnago V4Rs for the Vuelta a España

Colnago’s do-it-all superbike is used by UAE Team Emirates for every road stage at the Spanish Grand Tour

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Link to Tour de France pro bike: Tadej Pogačar’s highly-customised Colnago V4Rs
Tadej Pogačar’s super tricked-out Colnago V4Rs | Tour De France Pro Bike

Tour de France pro bike: Tadej Pogačar’s highly-customised Colnago V4Rs

Pogačar adopts new position on customised Colnago V4Rs

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Top UAE Team Emirates Stories

Link to Tadej Pogačar: I never thought about skipping the Tour de France
Tadej Pogačar has often left Italy with a smile on his face in recent years, which makes his Giro d'Italia participation a tad less surprising

Tadej Pogačar: I never thought about skipping the Tour de France

Slovenian stresses the importance of changing his racing calendar in order to try new challenges, as he explains his reasons for riding the Giro d'Italia and Tour in 2024

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Link to 'Not my problem!' says João Almeida of UAE's Tour de France hierarchy
João Almeida is likely to ride the Tour de France and Vuelta a España for UAE Team Emirates in 2024

'Not my problem!' says João Almeida of UAE's Tour de France hierarchy

Portuguese climber looks ahead to Tour de France debut and discusses his stubborn style of riding that has made for a social media meme parade

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Link to Adam Yates: UAE Team Emirates' Tour de France team will be a bit of a challenge
Adam Yates celebrates winning stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France with teammates Tadej Pogačar (left) and Rafał Majka (centre)

Adam Yates: UAE Team Emirates' Tour de France team will be a bit of a challenge

British climber discusses the plethora of climbing options at their disposal in France, whilst affirming his own position and reflecting on the best season of his career to date

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