UAE Team Emirates

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UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates.png
Team information
RegisteredItaly (1991–2016)
UAE (2017–present)
Founded1990 (1990)
StatusUCI WorldTeam
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerGiuseppe Saronni
Team manager(s)Fabrizio Bontempi
Team name history
Lampre–Farnese Vini
UAE Abu Dhabi
UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates jersey
Current season

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Transition from an Italian-based team[edit]

Chinese involvement[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Team roster[edit]

As of 4 January 2018.[10][11]
Rider Date of birth
 Anass Aït El Abdia (MAR) (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 25)
 Fabio Aru (ITA) (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 28)
 Darwin Atapuma (COL) (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 30)
 Matteo Bono (ITA) (1983-11-11) 11 November 1983 (age 35)
 Sven Erik Bystrøm (NOR) (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 26)
 Simone Consonni (ITA) (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 24)
 Valerio Conti (ITA) (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 25)
 Rui Costa (POR) (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 32)
 Kristijan Đurasek (CRO) (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 31)
 Roberto Ferrari (ITA) (1983-03-09) 9 March 1983 (age 35)
 Filippo Ganna (ITA) (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 (age 22)
 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 31)
 Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR) (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 29)
Rider Date of birth
 Marco Marcato (ITA) (1984-02-11) 11 February 1984 (age 34)
 Dan Martin (IRE) (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 32)
 Yousif Mirza (UAE) (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 30)
 Manuele Mori (ITA) (1980-08-09) 9 August 1980 (age 38)
 Przemysław Niemiec (POL) (1980-04-11) 11 April 1980 (age 38)
 Simone Petilli (ITA) (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 25)
 Jan Polanc (SLO) (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 26)
 Edward Ravasi (ITA) (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 24)
 Alexandr Riabushenko (BLR) (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 23)
 Rory Sutherland (AUS) (1982-02-08) 8 February 1982 (age 36)
 Ben Swift (GBR) (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 31)
 Oliviero Troia (ITA) (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 24)
 Diego Ulissi (ITA) (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 29)

Major wins[edit]

National champions[edit]

MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race, Ludo Dierckxsens
MaillotSudáfrica.PNG South African Time Trial, Robbie Hunter
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Raivis Belohvoščiks
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Road Race, Raivis Belohvoščiks
MaillotAustria.PNG Austrian Road Race, Gerrit Glomser
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Time Trial, Marzio Bruseghin
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Road Race, Tadej Valjavec
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race, Alessandro Ballan
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Road Race, Grega Bole
MaillotUcrania.PNG Ukrainian Road Race, Oleksandr Kvachuk
MaillotUcrania.PNG Ukrainian Time Trial, Oleksandr Kvachuk
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Time Trial, Adriano Malori
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Time Trial, Nelson Oliveira
MaillotPortugal.PNG Portuguese Road Race, Nelson Oliveira
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
UAE NC.png UAE Time Trial, Yousif Mirza
UAE NC.png UAE Road Race, Yousif Mirza
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenian Time Trial, Jan Polanc
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European Track (Individual pursuit), Filippo Ganna
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


  1. ^ "Lampre granted temporary ProTour license -".
  2. ^ "Team Lampre". Zimbio. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Team Lampre". Zimbio. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  4. ^ "TJ Sport Consultation to take over Lampre-Merida's WorldTour licence". 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. ^ Farrand, Stephen (3 September 2016). "Saronni reveals details of the new Chinese WorldTour team". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ Farrand, Stephen (13 December 2016). "New sponsor set to save TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers". Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Saronni reveals how he secured UAE Abu Dhabi's WorldTour licence". 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Fly Emirates to sponsor UAE Abu Dhabi team -".
  9. ^ "UAE Team Emirates brings on new sponsor ahead of Tour de France -".
  10. ^ "UAE Team Emirates confirm 25-rider squad for 2018". Immediate Media Company. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  11. ^ "L'esperto Przemyslaw Niemiec rinnova il contratto con la UAE Team Emirates" [The experienced Przemyslaw Niemiec renews contract with UAE Team Emirates]. (in Italian). Cicloweb. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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