The UAE Team Emirates announced their full team list on Monday, days behind Jumbo-Visma. Tadej Pogačar will be seen as the team leader in the Tour de France. The roster revealed on June 27th includes a blend of climbers and all-rounders. This fusion is perfect to face the challenges presented at The Tour.
Pogačar will be targeting the win. If he succeeds to do so, it will be his third consecutive win. The 23 year will have Vegard Stake Laengen, Matteo Trentin, Brandon McNulty, Mikkel Bjerg, George Bennett, Marc Soler and Rafal Majka. The decision came after the team lost Alexys Brunel.
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Tadej Pogačar could not contain his excitement for the Tour as he said:
It’s already my third time coming to the Tour, and I’m really excited about it.we’ve worked really hard all year as a team to prepare for this, and we hope we can give everyone watching 3 weeks of exciting racing
The Team Emirates has had to face many challenges this year so far. Their riders were struck by Covid-19 during the Tour of Slovenian and Tour de Suisse. But the ream has now recovered. Especially, Mikkel Bjerg, whose quick recovery has provided the team a perfect balance to face the flat and mountainous stages of the Tour.
We’re excited to reveal our lineup for #TDF2022, with the big race kicking off on Friday:
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— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamEmiratesUAE) June 27, 2022
The management team trusts their selected stars to deliver what they promise. They are well aware of the tough challenges ahead, but they feel ready as ever. Joxean Matxin Fernandez, the manager of the team, expressed his feelings to the press:
Every year the challenge to win the Tour gets harder, all we can do is prepare as best we can and trust our team to produce their best as a group
Their plan is to win the title with Pogačar, and they have built their team around him, as their manager said:
Our ambition is to win the overall title with Pogačar, and we have built a strong team around him. Last year we had a great group and the base of the team is similar to last year with a few strong additions in key areas
We have studied the route, and it’s far from an easy parcours. Also, the level of our competitors is really high, but we are confident and know that a big result is well within the capabilities of Tadej and the team.
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