The UAE Tour race organisers, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Dubai Sports Council and RCS Sport announced the first round of riders set to compete in the third edition of the race.
The start and finish locations of the first World Tour race of the season have also been confirmed, as ratified by the sports world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The list features some of the greatest riders in the sport of cycling, with strong battles expected for the leader’s Red Jersey, sprinter’s Green Jersey and individual stage victories when the tour will get under way from Feb.21.
Boosting hopes of winning the title, the UAE Emirates star Tadej Pogacar claimed the victory atop Jebel Hafeet on Stage 3 - the Strata Stage - beating Ineos Grenadiers’s Adam in a two-man sprint while Colombian national champion Sergio Higuita
The third edition of the UAE Tour, the one and only World Tour race in the Middle East, will start on Sunday from Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi.
Friday's penultimate stage is a 168-kilometre charge from Dubai to the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah.
Reigning Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar won season-opening UAE Tour as Australian Caleb Ewan claimed Saturday’s seventh stage sprinting honours in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
UAE Team Emirates Principal Mauro Gianetti said, "As a UAE team we are enormously proud of the efforts the nation and its leadership have taken at every level to both, combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to be a leader in the efforts to bring life back to normal."
A 16-year student of an Indian school in Dubai has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The infection was contracted from the student’s parent who had travelled overseas.