UAE Team Emirates officially confirm their Tour de France dream team around Tadej Pogacar

UAE Team Emirates have officially unveiled the eight names that'll represent the team colours in Florence, Italy at the 2024 Tour de France Grand Depart. The team's got only one goal in mind and that will be to raise the winner's trophy in Nice.

There's a big story in the making as Tadej Pogacar is closest to completing the Giro-Tour double than anyone else has been in last decades. After smashing the Giro d'Italia field into bits, winning the overall by nearly ten minutes, everyone is curious whether anyone will be strong enough to take down the Slovenian phenomenon.

The opening week of the race appears to be tailor-made for the Slovenian, with couple punchy stages from the start and first big mountain stage already on day 4. Another chance for Pogacar to wipe the floor with whoever is left in the contention for yellow jersey will be during the feared gravel stage 9 from Troyes to Troyes. But it won't be until the very last day that the final standings will be known as the organisers prepared a hard time trial to wrap up the race.

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With such ambitious goal, UAE Team Emirates couldn't send just any support team around Tadej Pogacar. Many of the riders who will sacrifice themselves for the Slovenian leader can have been podium contenders on their own merit.

In Pogacar's mountain train, we'll find third from 2022 Vuelta a Espana Juan Ayuso, third from 2023 Giro d'Italia Joao Almeida, and third at the latest Tour de France Adam Yates. Additionally, numbers 5 and 6 in the mountain train; Marc Soler, Pavel Sivakov are also former top 10 Grand Tour finishers. On flats, the team will put most of the weight on shoulders of Nils Politt and Tim Wellens who has just recently won the Belgian TT title.

UAE Team Emirates lineup for Tour de France 2024:

Tadej Pogacar
Juan Ayuso
Pavel Sivakov
Marc Soler
Nils Politt
Adam Yates
Joao Almeida
Tim Wellens

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