With Tadej Pogacar, Chris Froome, Adam Yates and top sprinters Sam Bennett and Caleb Ewan among others, the Tour of the Emirates has a very strong field of participants.

Earlier it was announced that Mathieu van der Poel would also be at the start.

The Tour of the United Arab Emirates starts on February 21.

After the cancellation of the Tour Down Under and the

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the stage race in the Middle East is the first WorldTour race of the year.

Pogacar won the Tour de France last year and finished second in the final classification of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates.

Adam Yates won the race last year and now returns to defend his title.

The organization of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates also announced Froome's participation.

The four-time Tour winner will ride his first race in the jersey of his new team Israel Start-up Nation.

World time trial champion Filippo Ganna is also on the list of participants, as are the sprinters Bennett, Ewan, Pascal Ackermann and Fernando Gaviria.

Van der Poel prepares for classics in UAE

Van der Poel announced at the beginning of this month that he prefers the Tour of the Emirates over the Belgian races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

The all-rounder of Alpecin-Fenix ​​sees the seven-day stage race as a good preparation for the spring classics.

The stage schedule of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates is not yet known.

Last year, the last two stages had to be canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19, after which some riders were in quarantine in the hotel for another two weeks.