All you want to know about the UAE Team Emirates Cycling 2023 is on this page.
This page serves as a hub linking to each rider’s bike size that I will eventually review over the racing season.
Brief Introduction of a Long History
UAE Team Emirates is a professional road cycling team based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The current team was founded in 2005 and was known as the Italian Lampre-Merida team until the UAE rescued the team by purchasing its WorldTour license in 2017. Since then the Italian team is known as the UAE Team Emirates cycling and its official address is in the UAE.
Being part of the WorldTour the UAE Team Emirates competes in all the major cycling races around the world, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España.
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A Stronger Team
For 2023, UAE Team Emirates strengthened its squad even further with inbound transfers of seven top-class riders, replacing the eight departing riders.
The seven new UAE Team Emirates riders are Sjoerd Bax, Felix Großschartner, Domen Novak, Jay Vine, Michael Vink, Tim Wellems, and Adam Yates.
With these additions the team management is clearly showing its commitment to winning multiple stage races, and most precisely the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a Espana with the very talented Juan Ayuso.
To describe the UAE Team Emirates 2023 is difficult because each rider is one of the best athletes in the pro peloton. It is like the best of the best cycling professional cyclist racing for the same team.
Each UAE Team Emirates rider has the level to win WorldTour races, but will mostly do teamwork and sacrifice for his team leader a priority.
In my opinion, on paper, the UAE Team Emirates is the strongest team among the 2023 ProTour peloton.
UAE Team Emirates 2023 Plans
Tadej Pogacar will keep on his quest to win more monuments and classics such as the Milan-San-Remo, A Travers La Flandre, Tour des Flandres, La Fleche Wallone, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the Tour de France 2023.
The UAE Team Emirates starts its 2023 racing season on the Santos Tour Down Under with Jay Vine, George Bennett, Marc Hirschi, Sjoerd Bax, Alessandro Covi, Michael Vink, and Fin Fisher-Black.
LAENGEN Vegard Stake, GIBBONS Ryan, BJERG Mikkel, BAX Sjoerd, ACKERMANN Pascal, TRENTIN Matteo, and OLIVEIRA Rui are riding the Paris-Roubaix 2023.
ALMEIDA João, ACKERMANN Pascal, COVI Alessandro, FORMOLO Davide, GIBBONS Ryan, MCNULTY Brandon, ULISSI Diego, and VINE Jay are racing the Giro d’Italia 2023 and will try to win the Maglia Rosa.
Tadej Pogacar and Domen Novak are riding the Tour de France 2023 to reclaim the Maillot Jaune.
João Almeida, Jan Polanc, and Juan Ayuso are racing the Vuelta a Espana 2023. Ayuso was a revelation in the previous edition of La Vuelta by finishing third in the General Classification behind Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas.
New Colnago V4Rs Setup
Since 2017, the UAE Team Emirates has been racing on Colnago bicycles.
It is not a coincidence the Italian bike brand has become the property of a UAE-based investment firm since 2020.
The love affair between the Colnago bikes and the UAE Team Emirates is going to last as long as these two entities remain.
For 2023, the UAE Team Emirates races with the new Colnago V4Rs.
The new frame has been tested by the team throughout the 2022 season to find the ideal ratio between lightweight, rigidity, and comfort.
Besides the new Colnago model, almost the entire bike’s components are different from the previous season.
The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 12-speed groupset with integrated Shimano Power Meter replaces the Campagnolo Super Record groupset.
The Enve SES carbon wheels replace the Campagnolo ones.
The Pirelli tires are replaced by the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S.
The Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-R9100 is replacing the Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals.
Even the Garmin GPS cycling computer is being replaced with the Wahoo Elemnt head unit.
Only the Prologo saddles and the Deda Elementi bar/stem remain unchanged components on the 2023 Colnago bikes of the UAE Team Emirates.
The riders of UAE Team Emirates wear Met helmets, Pissei “Ultralight and breathable” cycling jerseys and bib-shorts, and Scion sunglasses.
The riders are free to use the shoes that fit them as there is no sponsor at the team level.
Although, some riders have a personal contract like Tadej Pogacar with DMT shoes.
UAE Team Emirates 2023 Roster
ACKERMANN Pascal (1m80)
ALMEIDA João (1m78)
AYUSO Juan (1m83)
BAX Sjoerd (1m85)
BENNETT George (1m80)
BJERG Mikkel (1m91)
COVI Alessandro (1m76)
FISHER-BLACK Finn (1m89)
FORMOLO Davide (1m81)
GIBBONS Ryan (1m81)
GROß Felix (1m84)
GROßSCHARTNER Felix (1m84)
HIRSCHI Marc (1m74)
HODEG Álvaro José (1m86)
LAENGEN Vegard Stake (1m95)
MAJKA Rafał (1m73)
MCNULTY Brandon (1m83)
MOLANO Juan Sebastián (1m80)
NOVAK Domen (1m81)
OLIVEIRA Ivo (1m85)
OLIVEIRA Rui (1m83)
POGAČAR Tadej (1m76)
POLANC Jan (1m72)
SOLER Marc (1m86)
TRENTIN Matteo (1m79)
ULISSI Diego (1m75)
VINE Jay (1m84)
VINK Michael (1m90)
WELLENS Tim (1m82)
YATES Adam (1m73)
General managers: Jose Antonio Fernandez and Rubens Bertogliati
Directeur Sportif: Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas
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