Right here we take a look at 5 riders set to shine.
CHRIS FROOME (TEAM INEOS)
The Briton makes his lengthy-awaited return to racing since a profession-threatening crash, the first stage on his path to a possible fifth Tour de France.
The varied excessive-cadence climbs on provide round the Emirates will swimsuit his attributes, and coupled with the hovering climbs at Jebel Hafeet, ought to steer the 34-year-outdated in the proper path.
The competitors in the UAE will proceed to construct his racing sharpness and perception, however the actuality is he’s racing in opposition to the clock to enhance his physique power in order to sort out the 29 categorised ascents, six mountain-prime finishes and a mountain time-trial at this years Tour.
TADEJ POGACAR (UAE TEAM EMIRATES)
Alexander Kristoff, Fabio Aru and Fernando Gaviria could also be three of the key names on theUAE Staff Emirates roster, nevertheless Slovenian climber Tadej Pogacar has shone brightest this season.
The 21-year-outdated has began the yr in emphatic vogue, with victory at the Tour of Valencia, having received phases two and 4 of the race earlier in the week.
It’s one other main success for the Komenda man after he positioned third at the Vuelta a Espana in 2019, including to his 5 stage wins that yr.
CALEB EWAN (LOTTO SOUDAL)
If the season to this point is something to go by, then Ewan could be the quickest sprinter on tour.
The Sydney man recorded two stage wins at the Tour Down Beneath final month, demonstrating an infinite flip of tempo late on.
It’s onerous to imagine the Australian is just 25, but continues to star extra as annually passes.
In 2019, he introduced his race craft to one other degree, profitable ten races, together with 5 grand tour phases, three of which had been at the Tour de France.
His type in the UAE is robust, having received phases at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour and final yr’s UAE Tour.
DYLAN GROENEWEGEN (TEAM JUMBO-VISMA)
The Dutchman has all the instruments in his armoury to problem for a number of wins once more this season.
After two stage triumphs at the Tour of Valencia earlier this month, Groenewegen arrives in the UAE in effective fettle, with arguably the most full Staff Jumbo-Visma lead-out prepare.
The Giro dItalia and the Vuelta a Espana might be his chief targets in 2020, nevertheless flat sprints on phases one, six and seven in the UAE are achievable.
Confidence is sky excessive after reaching 15 victories final marketing campaign. A critical expertise.
SAM BENNETT (DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP)
One among the greatest sprinters in the sport, the Irishman joined Deceuninck-QuickStep in December aftersix seasons at NetAppEndura, previously BoraHansgrohe.
It didn’t take lengthy for the 29-year-outdated to open his account forhis new aspect both, with stage wins at the Tour Down Beneath and Race Torquay.
The distinction with Bennett is that he can cross onerous climbs, which means there may be extra alternative to management the race. On sprints, he can win on the flat and may also succeed with barely uphill.
After clinching victory on stage 7 of the UAE Tour final season, theCarrick-on-Suir man might be hoping for additional success when he comes up in opposition to the likes of Ewan and Groenewegen.
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