The organizers of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates have confirmed that the 2021 edition will take place from February 21 to 27, which will mark the start of the World Tour season.
It’s time for sure, the World Tour 2021 will start well on February 21, with the Tour of the United Arab Emirates! Since November 1, we knew that the Tour Down and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, scheduled in Australia respectively from January 19 to 24 and January 31, 2021, and which traditionally mark the kickoff of the World Tour season, would not take place, because the teams did not want to go to the other side of the world and respect a quarantine of two weeks, without training or almost. The next race on the World Tour calendar was therefore the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, from February 21 to 27, and its holding was confirmed this Thursday, with the presence of the 19 teams of the world’s elite cycling, as well as Alpecin- Fenix, who won the second division ranking in 2020.
BREAKING: All 19 UCI WorldTeams have committed to the upcoming seven-stage UAE Tour starting 21st February!
The UAE Tour will officially kick-off the UCI WorldTour calendar of events with the WorldTeams joined by a top-ranked UCI ProTeam.
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– UAE Tour Official (@uae_tour) January 14, 2021
Pogacar should be there
The start and finish will be in Abu Dhabi, the capital, and the exact route of the seven stages will be revealed later. A route that promises to be tough, with no doubt a finish at the top of Jebel Hafeet (10.8 kilometers at 6.6%), as was the case in the first two editions. It was Primoz Roglic who won the first edition in 2019, and Adam Yates won last year, in an edition shortened by two stages due to the discovery of several cases of coronavirus. We were then at the very beginning of the pandemic. Tadej Pogacar, the winner of the Tour de France 2020 and leader of the UAE Emirates team, should participate in this Tour of the United Arab Emirates 2021. It remains to be seen what the health protocol will be around this first World Tour race of the season, and if the public will be allowed along the roads. The country is currently second (behind Israel) in the world ranking of the vaccination rate of the population (15.45%)