UAE Team Emirates
|Website||Team home page|
|General manager||Giuseppe Saronni|
|Team manager(s)||Fabrizio Bontempi|
|Team name history|
UAE Abu Dhabi
UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates (UCI team code: UAD) is an Emirati road bicycle racing team. The team is a member of the UCI World Tour, and has been since the 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.
The team consists mostly of Italian riders: general manager Giuseppe Saronni was himself a famous professional cyclist and winner of 2 editions of the Giro d'Italia.
Following the tradition at Saeco, the team is well known for its publicity stunts. In the 2005 Giro d'Italia the team engaged in a press campaign Battaile d'Italia featuring their co-captains Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego. During a rest day of the Giro, the team elected to visit the Monza race track for a photo-op and some training sessions.
For the 2013 season the team will no longer be using Wilier bikes, but will now ride Merida bikes. Although Wilier had been contracted through to the end of the 2013 season, they cited that Lampre broke the terms and conditions of the contract, and terminated their technical sponsorship.
Transition from an Italian-based team
In August 2016 the team 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. In an interview with Gazetta 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. 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. 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.
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. In February 2017, the team announced that airline Emirates had signed on with the team as a naming-rights sponsor. The team will subsequently be known as: UAE Team Emirates. 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.
Belgian Road Race, Ludo Dierckxsens
South African Time Trial, Robbie Hunter Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks Latvian Road Race, Raivis Belohvoščiks
Austrian Road Race, Gerrit Glomser
Italian Time Trial, Marzio Bruseghin
Slovenian Road Race, Tadej Valjavec
World Road Race, Alessandro Ballan
Slovenian Road Race, Grega Bole Ukrainian Road Race, Oleksandr Kvachuk Ukrainian Time Trial, Oleksandr Kvachuk Italian Time Trial, Adriano Malori
Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira Portuguese Road Race, Nelson Oliveira
Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira Ethiopian Road Race, Tsgabu Grmay Ethiopian Time Trial, Tsgabu Grmay Portuguese Road Race, Rui Costa Slovenian Road Race, Luka Pibernik Taiwanese Road Race, Feng Chun-kai Taiwanese Time Trial, Feng Chun-kai
UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza Slovenian Time Trial, Jan Polanc European Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
World Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza Norwegian Road Race, Vegard Stake Laengen
- Lampre granted temporary ProTour license
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- "L'esperto Przemyslaw Niemiec rinnova il contratto con la UAE Team Emirates" [The experienced Przemyslaw Niemiec renews contract with UAE Team Emirates]. Cicloweb.it (in Italian). Cicloweb. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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