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by Shane Stokes
January 16, 2018
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The organisers of the Dubai Tour have named the teams which will take part in next month’s event. In all 16 teams will compete, including nine WorldTour squads.
These are the Astana Pro Team, Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing Team, QuickStep Floors, Team Dimension Data, Team Katusha-Alpecin, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates. Also confirmed are five ProContinental teams, namely Aqua Blue Sport, Cofidis Solutions Credits, Rally Cycling, Team Novo Nordisk and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia, as well as the Continental squad Mitchelton-BikeExchange and the UAE national team.
The organisers haven’t yet announced a start list, but suggests a solid list of riders who either will ride or who are likely to do so. These are Miguel Ángel López (Astana), Niki Terpstra and Italian Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors), Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha), Alexander Kristoff and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Adam Blythe and Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).