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2019 UAE Tour – Provisional Entry List

The cycling world's top names line up for the only Middle Eastern race in the UCI WorldTour calendar. With just five days until the UAE Tour starts, the entry list is announced, with key riders’ extended biographies.

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An amazing start list for the 2019 UAE Tour, the only Middle Eastern race in the UCI WorldTour calendar.

All 18 UCI WorldTeams have accepted the invitation from the Organising Committee, with six-time Grand Tour winner including last year’s Giro d’Italia, Chris Froome; 2017 Giro d’Italia winner and former UCI World Time Trial Champion, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin; last year’s Abu Dhabi Tour winner and UCI Road World Champion, the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, the Italian all rounder Vincenzo Nibali, who boasts four Grand Tour titles so far; 2018’s most successful rider and Dubai Tour winner, the Italian sprinter Elia Viviani; the UCI Time Trial World Champion, Australian Rohan Dennis; and the double Dubai Tour overall champion and winner of stages at all three Grand Tours, the German sprinter Marcel Kittel. Alongside them, other big name riders are on the entry list.

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Alejandro Valverde (ESP – Movistar Team)

Valverde, born Las Lumbreras, Spain, 20 April 1980, is one of the most successful riders in the peloton with over 100 pro wins since his debut in 2002 with the Kelme – Costa Blanca team. His palmares includes four Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017) victories, five at La Flèche Wallonne (2006, 2014-2017), one GC at the Vuelta a España. Last year El Bala (‘The Bullet’) won the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol and the last edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

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Alejandro Valverde. Photo©UAETour

Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 May 1985, Chris Froome is the first rider after Bernard Hinault to win the Tour, La Vuelta and the Giro in a row (across 2017 and 2018). His palmares also includes six Tours de France, one Vuelta a España, and last year’s Giro d’Italia. Froome is one of only six cyclists who have won all three Grand Tours, and is starting a UAE race for the first time.

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Chris Froome. Photo©UAETour

Vincenzo Nibali (ITA – Bahrain – Merida)

Nibali, born in Messina, Italy, 14 November 1984, is one of the greatest ever all rounders, being one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours: the Vuelta a España in 2010, the Giro d’Italia in both 2013 and 2016 and the Tour de France in 2014. Lo Squalo – the Shark’s – other achievements include two editions of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, the 2016 Tour of Oman, and two editions of the Il Lombardia. Last year saw a prestigious victory for Nibali, the Milano-Sanremo, a monument race, with an amazing solo attack.

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Vincenzo Nibali. Photo©UAETour

Tom Dumoulin (NED – Team Sunweb)

Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, 11 November 1990, Dumoulin found notoriety in his early career as a time trial specialist before emerging as a great all-rounder. In 2017 he became the first Dutch cyclist ever to win the Giro d’Italia and, later that season, both the World Individual Time Trial and the World Team Time Trial Championships. His palmares features stage wins in all three Grand Tours (three at the Giro d’Italia, two each at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España), and a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Tom Dumoulin. Photo©UAETour

Rohan Dennis (AUS – Bahrain–Merida)

Born in Adelaide, Australia, 28 May 1990, last year Dennis won the Time Trial stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour, one stage at the Giro d’Italia and two at the Vuelta a España, before beating Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) at the Worlds to confirm himself as the best time trialist in the peloton. At the end of the season he moved from BMC to Bahrain–Merida