UAE Team Emirates

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UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates.png
Team information
UCI codeUAD
RegisteredItaly (1999–2016)
UAE (2017–present)
Founded1999 (1999)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesColnago
ComponentsCampagnolo
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerGiuseppe Saronni
Team manager(s)Fabrizio Bontempi
Team name history
1999–2002 Lampre–Daikin
2003–2004 Lampre–Caffita
2005 Lampre
2006–2007 Lampre–Fondital
2008 Lampre
2009 Lampre–NGC
2010 Lampre–Farnese Vini
2011–2012 Lampre–ISD
2013–2016 Lampre–Merida
2017 UAE Abu Dhabi
2017 UAE Team Emirates
Current season

UAE Team Emirates (UCI team code: UAD) is an Emirati road bicycle racing team. The team competes at UCI WorldTeam level and has done so since the UCI World Tour was formed as the top category of road cycling in 2005. However the team was temporarily suspended from the ProTour in 2010, missing one ProTour event.[1]

The general manager, Giuseppe Saronni, was himself a famous professional cyclist, a world champion and winner of two editions of the Giro d'Italia.

Transition from an Italian-based team[edit]

Chinese involvement[edit]

In August 2016 the team (then called Lampre-Mérida) confirmed that its WorldTeam licence was being transferred from CGS Cycling to Chinese company TJ Sport Consultation, with the team becoming the first Chinese WorldTour team from 2017. Former Saunier Duval–Prodir team manager Mauro Gianetti was announced as the co-ordinator for the project.[2] In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport the following month, Saronni confirmed that he and CGS Cycling would continue to manage the team on TJ Sport's behalf, and that the team's bicycles would be supplied by Colnago. He indicated that the project was being co-ordinated by the Chinese government via TJ Sport with involvement from a number of Chinese companies including Alibaba, and that its aim was to develop Chinese cycling and riders.[3] However, when the UCI awarded 17 WorldTour licences to teams in November, it announced that TJ Sport's application was "under review" by its Licensing Commission.[4] According to Saronni, the reason for the delay was that the head of the TJ Sport project, Li Zhiqiang, had fallen seriously ill, which prevented funding for the project from being confirmed.

Emirati rescue[edit]

As a result, the team looked elsewhere for sponsorship, securing funding from the United Arab Emirates and changing its name to UAE Abu Dhabi. The UCI confirmed the team's WorldTour licence on 20 December.[5] In February 2017, the team announced that airline Emirates had signed on with the team as a naming-rights sponsor. The team was subsequently known as UAE Team Emirates.[6] In June 2017, two days before the 2017 Tour de France the team announced it would also be sponsored by the First Abu Dhabi Bank, an amalgamation of the First Gulf Bank and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, with their logo being added to the chest and side of the team's jersey.[7]

Team roster[edit]

As of 21 July 2021.[8][9]
Rider Date of birth
 Andrés Ardila (COL) (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 22)
 Juan Ayuso (ESP) (2002-09-16) 16 September 2002 (age 19)
 Mikkel Bjerg (DEN) (1998-11-03) 3 November 1998 (age 22)
 Sven Erik Bystrøm (NOR) (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 29)
 Valerio Conti (ITA) (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 28)
 Rui Costa (POR) (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 35)
 Alessandro Covi (ITA) (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 23)
 David de la Cruz (ESP) (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 32)
 Joe Dombrowski (USA) (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 30)
 Finn Fisher-Black (NZL) (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 19)
 Davide Formolo (ITA) (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 28)
 Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 27)
 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 27)
 Marc Hirschi (SUI) (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 23)
 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 34)
 Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR) (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 32)
Rider Date of birth
 Rafał Majka (POL) (1989-09-12) 12 September 1989 (age 32)
 Marco Marcato (ITA) (1984-02-11) 11 February 1984 (age 37)
 Brandon McNulty (USA) (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 23)
 Yousif Mirza (UAE) (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 33)
 Juan Sebastián Molano (COL) (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 26)
 Cristian Camilo Muñoz (COL) (1996-03-20) 20 March 1996 (age 25)
 Ivo Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 25)
 Rui Oliveira (POR) (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 25)
 Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 23)
 Jan Polanc (SLO) (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 29)
 Alexandr Riabushenko (BLR) (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 26)
 Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 38)
 Matteo Trentin (ITA) (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 32)
 Oliviero Troia (ITA) (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 27)
 Diego Ulissi (ITA) (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 32)

Major wins[edit]

National, continental, and world champions[edit]

1999
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race, Ludo Dierckxsens
2000
MaillotSudáfrica.PNG South African Time Trial, Robbie Hunter
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
2001
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
2002
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Road Race, Raivis Belohvoščiks
2005
MaillotAustria.PNG Austrian Road Race, Gerrit Glomser
2006
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian Time Trial, Marzio Bruseghin
2007
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Road Race, Tadej Valjavec
2008
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race, Alessandro Ballan
2011
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Road Race, Grega Bole
MaillotUcrania.PNG Ukrainian Road Race, Oleksandr Kvachuk
MaillotUcrania.PNG Ukrainian Time Trial, Oleksandr Kvachuk
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian Time Trial, Adriano Malori
2014
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Road Race, Nelson Oliveira
2015
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira
Maillot ethiopia.png Ethiopian Road Race, Tsgabu Grmay
Maillot ethiopia.png Ethiopian Time Trial, Tsgabu Grmay
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Road Race, Rui Costa
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Road Race, Luka Pibernik
NC Taipei Taiwan.jpg Taiwanese Road Race, Feng Chun-kai
NC Taipei Taiwan.jpg Taiwanese Time Trial, Feng Chun-kai
2017
UAE NC.png UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
UAE NC.png UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Time Trial, Jan Polanc
European champion jersey 2016.svg European Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
2018
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
UAE NC.png UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
UAE NC.png UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Road Race, Vegard Stake Laengen
2019
UAE NC.png UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
UAE NC.png UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Time Trial, Tadej Pogačar
2020
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Time Trial, Tadej Pogačar
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Time Trial, Ivo Oliveira
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Road Race, Rui Costa
MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Road Race, Sven Erik Bystrøm
European champion jersey 2016.svg European Track (Individual pursuit), Ivo Oliveira
2021
African Continental Champion Jersey.png African Time Trial, Ryan Gibbons
UAE NC.png UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
UAE NC.png UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
African Continental Champion Jersey.png African Road Race, Ryan Gibbons
MaillotSudáfrica.PNG South Africa Time Trial, Ryan Gibbons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lampre granted temporary ProTour license - Cyclingnews.com". cyclingnews.com.
  2. ^ "TJ Sport Consultation to take over Lampre-Merida's WorldTour licence". cyclingnews.com. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. ^ Farrand, Stephen (3 September 2016). "Saronni reveals details of the new Chinese WorldTour team". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (13 December 2016). "New sponsor set to save TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Saronni reveals how he secured UAE Abu Dhabi's WorldTour licence". cyclingnews.com. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Fly Emirates to sponsor UAE Abu Dhabi team - Cyclingnews.com". cyclingnews.com.
  7. ^ "UAE Team Emirates brings on new sponsor ahead of Tour de France - Cyclingnews.com". cyclingnews.com.
  8. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (9 January 2021). "Marc Hirschi joins UAE Team Emirates". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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