Green light for cycling in 2021

The Emirates test will mark the start of the World Tour calendar. 20 teams will participate, with the presence of Van der Poel's Alpecin-Fenix.


Cancellations and postponements. This is what 2021 has left for the cycling season to date as a result of the pandemic. Races at the beginning of the course, which are always of vital importance for teams to start adding kilometers in competition, said goodbye to the first exchangers (such as the Tour Down Under or the Vuelta a San Juan) or they were postponed in order to stay afloat in a future where the virus can be more controlled (case of the Mallorca Challenge) .

Casualities of fate, this campaign will start where a year ago the entire calendar began to collapse due to the chaotic appearance of positives in the race and that forced its cancellation two stages from the end. We are talking about the UAE Tour, which this Thursday afternoon has confirmed that it will be held in 2021 on its scheduled dates (from February 21 to 27), leading to the start of World Tour category tests. In its statement, the organization of the event announced the twenty teams that will take the start on the roads of the Emirates, the 19 that make up the highest world category together with Mathieu van der Poel's Alpecin-Fenix, which finished leader of the ranking ProTeam last year.

The third edition of the race, previously conquered by Primoz Roglic and Adam Yates, will consist of seven stages where flat finishes for sprinters predominate and the classic ascent to Jebel Hafeet, which is usually decided by the winner. The start and end of the event will be in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Let's hope that the same place where the plans for the 2020 season began to fall apart (two members of the UAE team were the first positive cases in COVID), provides a hopeful starting point for the new course.

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