POGACAR LEADS A FAMILIAR UAE TEAM AT 2022 TOUR DE FRANCE
Tadej Pogacar will begin his bid for a third straight Tour de France title later this week alongside four of the same teammates who helped him to last year’s yellow jersey. The Slovenian was unsurprisingly on Monday named in the UAE Team Emirates line-up for the race, which gets underway in Copenhagen on Friday. Switzerland’s Marc Hirschi was a notable omission, but Polish climber Rafal Majka, Mikkel Bjerg, Brandon McNulty and Vegard Stake Laengen all made the cut. New Zealander George Bennett and Spain’s Marc Soler, both signed in the off-season, are in the team, as is Italian sprinter Matteo Trentin.
“We’ve worked very hard all year as a team to prepare for this,” said 23-year-old Pogacar.
“So far this year has been positive for the team and we hope to continue this momentum.”
Pogacar is a strong favorite for the Tour after another impressive season which has seen him win the one-day Strade Bianche and two stage races.
UAE EMIRATES 2022 TOUR DE FRANCE ROSTER
Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
George Bennett (NZL) Mikkel Bjerg (DEN)
Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR)
Rafal Majka (POL)
Brandon McNulty (USA)
Marc Soler (ESP)
Matteo Trentin (ITA)
RBA/AFP Photo: Bettini