The elite start in the desert

The Tour of the United Arab Emirates is the first date of the World Tour and will mean the debut in 2021 of stars such as Pogacar or Froome.


The 2020 Emirates Tour meant the confirmation that the coronavirus had reached the peloton (in fact, the test could not end) and in this 2021 it is presented from this Sunday (11:45, Eurosport Player) with the hope of experiencing a season in which the virus affects the least possible. For now, it means the start of the World Tour, the highest cycling category, with the participation for the first time in 2021 of the 19 teams of the first division.

An event in which many of the names that should be protagonists this year participate, starting with Tadej Pogacar leading a UAE Emirates in the home race, which begins his challenge of conquering Tour and Vuelta. Although if the Slovenian is called to command in the future, many focuses will be on the great dominator of the past, Chris Froome. The four-time Tour champion debuts a jersey, that of an Israel that has placed its confidence in the recovery of the Briton after the fateful crash at the Dauphiné 2019. "It is the beginning of a new and exciting adventure for me. I hope to compete with my new teammates from team and put my legs to the test after a productive winter, "says the Briton.

"Here he must start the set-up for the big goals, it is his first race after a very good period of training", confirms Kjell Kalstrom, manager of the Israeli team, a training that in addition to its sporting objectives, acts as an ambassador after the agreement peace between your country and the Emirates.

An Israel that has strengthened very well, with signings of the stature of Michael Woods (who debuted with victory in the Tour of the Maritime Alps yesterday), although its intention to become one of the reference teams will depend a lot on whether Froome recovers a version that gives him to fight for the big ones.

Plain, chrono and two mountains

Chris Froome will not only debut the Israel jersey, but will face Ineos, his former team, for the first time, in which his new British star, Adam Yates, and the Colombian Martínez will debut. Van der Poel (Alpecin), Buchmann (Bora), Almeida (Deceuninck), Valverde (Movistar), Nibali (Trek) or Higuita, leading an Education that will not have Urán (he left the Emirates yesterday due to his imminent paternity) will be other candidates to win a race with three key moments: tomorrow's time trial, Tuesday's high finish line to Jebel Hafeet (10.6 km at 6.8%) and Thursday's to Jebel Jais (21.5 km at 5.4%). However, the rest of the stages will be three options in desert terrain for sprinters, hence the figures of the specialty are present: Gaviria, Ackermann, Viviani, Bennett, Ewan ...

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