After the cancellation of the Tour Down Under because of the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE Tour is scheduled to be the primary WorldTour race of the season, as huge identify riders begin their campaigns.
Froome will probably be making his Israel Begin-Up Nation debut within the Emirates, having transferred from Ineos Grenadiers on the finish of 2020.
The UAE Tour, a seven-stage race that takes in every of the seven United Arab Emirates, runs from February 21 to February 27, and is a well-liked early season race for WorldTour execs.
Final 12 months’s version was reduce brief after a coronavirus outbreak among the many groups, the primary time the virus hit the biking world, as Adam Yates was topped winner.
The organisers have introduced that the 2021 version will characteristic Chris Froome, 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Workforce Emirates), Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).
Star sprinters may also be racing, together with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Fast-Step) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
This 12 months will probably be Froome’s second time lining up within the UAE Tour, after his debut final season.
The 2020 version was Froome’s first race after his severe crash within the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné.
He had been scheduled to race the 2019 version, however finally pulled out as a consequence of fatigue after an intense interval of racing in Colombia early within the 12 months.
This 12 months he has joined the Israeli WorldTour crew and can race alongside the likes of Dan Martin and Mike Woods.
Froome has not but launched his full schedule for 2021, saying it’s nonetheless up within the air as a consequence of coronavirus, however he has mentioned it will likely be designed to organize for this 12 months’s Tour de France, the place he hopes to make a comeback and win his fifth yellow jersey.