UAE Tour unveils 2021 route: Daily News Digest

Johan van der Velde and Joop Zoetemelk.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Hello again, CyclingTips readers,

We cross over the midpoint of the week with a route reveal from the UAE Tour, a sponsor update from the SD Worx team, and news of a rider best known for his success on the road taking on CX Worlds.

Read on for the latest from the cycling world.

Dane Cash
News Editor

What’s news?

UAE Tour route includes two summit finishes and a time trial

Organizers have unveiled the route for the 2021 UAE Tour, which is set to be the first WorldTour race of the season following the cancellation of this year’s Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

The likes of Tadej Pogacar, Mathieu van der Poel, and Chris Froome, who are among the many big names on the start list of the seven-day event, will take on a variety of challenges in the race, which starts on February 21 in Abu Dhabi.

An opening stage likely to favor the sprinters will be followed by an individual time trial on stage 2. Stage 3 will then take on the challenging Jebel Hafeet climb. Stage 4 will favor the fast finishers before stage 5 visits the lengthy Jebel Jais climb. Stages 6 and 7 will be further opportunities for the sprinters.

Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping Group will continue to sponsor SD Worx after name change

The former Boels-Dolmans team may have changed its name to SD Worx, but it will continue be sponsored by Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping Group this season.

The team announced last year that SD Worx would be taking over as title sponsor after the squad’s long stint as Boels-Dolmans. On Wednesday, the team announced that Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping Group would continue to support the team even with SD Worx in the title sponsor role. Both Boels and Dolmans are featured on the team’s recently unveiled jersey for 2021.

Haussler will race CX Worlds

Heinrich Haussler is set for a start at Cyclocross Worlds this weekend in Ostend, Belgium, Het Nieuwsblad reports.

The 36-year-old Australian has ridden a handful of pro cyclocross races over the past few seasons, but this will mark his first ever CX Worlds start.

Cavendish will get his season underway at the Clásica de Almería

As Sporza reports, Mark Cavendish will make his first start of the season at the Clásica de Almería.

The Spanish one-day, which he won back in 2015, will also make the first race start of Cavendish’s second stint with the Deceuninck-QuickStep organization. The 35-year-old Manxman spent three years with the squad from 2013 to 2015 before a four-year stint at Dimension Data and then one year with Bahrain-McLaren.

Socially Speaking

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