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This year’s race will cross a diverse mixture of landscapes – mountains, coastal and desert roads, as well as city streets, across its seven stages. The 2022 UAE Tour will build on the success of its previous three editions – won by world-class riders Primoz Roglic (2019), Simon Yates (2020) and most recently two-time Tour de France-winner Tadej Pogacar (2021).
Since its first edition in 2019, the UAE Tour continues to go from strength to strength, with this year’s edition hosting the full roster of 19 UCI WorldTeams for the very first time. Images from 2021’s race were broadcast across 200 countries, while domestically, the success of the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle-East has had an enduring effect on the sport of cycling in the region.
This year’s race coincides with another significant event for the nation – Expo 2020 Dubai – a world expo running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the UAE Tour has come a long way from the post Covid pandemic to plan for the fourth edition of the UAE Tour.
Further details of the 2022 UAE Tour teams and riders will be announced in the coming weeks, closely followed by the announcement of the race route. Details of the strict COVID-19 protocols designed to ensure the safety of all riders, staff and everyone involved in the race will also be shared.