The UAE Tour will open the 2022 WorldTour season, bike news pros

Posted on 10/28/2021 20:05

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has confirmed that the fourth edition of the UAE Tour, the only World Tour race in the Middle East, will take place on February 20-26, 2022.

The race, organized in partnership with RCS Sport, organizer of the Giro d’Italia, among others, is expected to mark the start of the 2022 UCI WorldTour racing calendar, with start and finish in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

uae tour 2020 abu dhabi© UAE Tour

The UAE Tour 2022 will traverse different landscapes Mountain, coast and desert roads as well as city streets, through its seven stages. The 2022 Tour of the United Arab Emirates will build on the success of its three previous editions, won by Primoz Roglic in 2019, Simon Yates 2020 and most recently double winner of the Tour de France Tadej Pogacar in 2021. The official Tour of the United Arab Emirates 2022 route and profiles will be presented later in January 2022.

Mountains UAE Tour 2020© UAE Tour

Since its inaugural edition in 2019, the UAE Tour has continued to grow in strength, with this year’s edition hosting the full roster of 19 UCI WorldTeams for the first time ever. Footage of the 2021 race has been shown in 200 countries, while the success of the Middle East’s only WorldTour race has had a lasting impact on cycling in the region.

Desert of UAE Tour 2021 © UAE Tour

HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, “The UAE Tour has come a long way since the post-Covid pandemic to plan the fourth edition of the UAE Tour.

“Following a challenging but successful UAE 2021 circuit amid the coronavirus pandemic, we are now looking to host the inaugural race of the UCI WorldTour 2022.”he explained.

“The 2022 edition coincides with Expo 2020 Dubai and we are very excited to be part of this global event. Obviously we are looking for a bigger event and play a bigger role in showcasing the UAE as a global place.”

RCS Sports and Events DMCC COO Fabrizio d’Amico said : “The UAE Tour has grown in strength year after year and has remained the only World Tour race in the Middle East.

“While we look forward to the 4th edition, we could not have come here without the tremendous and unwavering support of the country’s leaders who have been critical in running the race during the outbreak or pandemic earlier this year.

“We are honored to work hand in hand with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council to organize this event and thanks to their vision the race has established itself as one of the best runners and looks forward to participating.

“It is also an extremely exciting time for the UAE as they host Expo 2020 and we look forward to once again showcasing the beauty and capabilities of the UAE as a global sports organiser.”

United Arab Emirates Tower© UAE Tour

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