The 2020 season was more successful than hoped for the UAE Team Emirates. Although everyone could see that the year before Tadej Pogacar has a lot of talent, nobody expected such an impressive breakthrough.
The Slovenian sensationally won three stages and the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Even before the highlight of the year, he was able to cheer five times. But he wasn’t the only successful professional on his team. sprinter Fernando Gaviria celebrated six victories, Diego Ulissi five and Jasper Philipsen three.
The year 2020 can be described as consistently successful for the UAE Team Emirates.
The king transfer succeeded with Hirschi
5 drivers come, 5 drivers leave. A lot has changed in the UAE Team Emirates despite only a few transfers. With Fabio Aru if the team loses a strong classification driver. Sergio Henao Qhubeka – Assos is also drawn to. This means that the team will have to do without two strong climbers in the future. Neither of them was able to convince last season anyway and did not contribute a single podium place. It hurts to leave Jasper Philipsen sooner.
The other two outflows – the Swiss Tom Bohli and the Italian Edward Ravasi – did not get beyond helper services.
Although the departures weigh heavily, the UAE Team Emirates succeeds in strengthening the squad again compared to the previous season. With Rafal Majka An absolute top mountain climber joins the team.
The Pole has already won the Tour de France mountain classification twice and achieved good results on several tours. However, his prime seems to be behind him. It is questionable whether he can build on his old achievements.
The re he will start as the captain of hilly classics. Team boss Mauro Gianetti also gave the media an interview, saying that he was positive about the development of Marc Hirschi expressed. He even sees him as a possible Grand Tour winner in the future. UAE Team Emirates can take the sprint train Matteo Trentin and Ryan Gibbons amplify. Fernando Gaviria in particular should be pleased. In addition, Matteo Trentin will take on a captain’s role in flat and slightly wavy classics.
The only 18-year-old Spaniard has hardly appeared so far.
UAE Team Emirates 2021: Actually, anything is possible
The Swiss will be one of the top favorites for hilly classics and for the captain Tadej Pogacar act as a noble helper. He tries the Tour-Vuelta-Double and will have to be considered on both big country tours. Besides the two stars can Fernando Gaviria race for victories again in mass sprints. Matteo Trentin is the man for the classics on flat and slightly demanding terrain. Same goes for Alexander Kristoff, which we should definitely not forget when listing the top drivers. And already five winning drivers were listed and the names of Diego Ulissi, Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo haven’t even fallen. This shows:
The UAE Team Emirates can be expected in almost every race in 2021.
You can find the full roster of UAE Team Emirates HERE.
The y say the Swiss are always on time…
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