Could UAE Team Emirates have the strongest Tour de France team ever?

The riders supporting Tadej Pogačar on his Giro d'Italia / Tour de France double reads like a Grand Tour dream team

Adam Yates and Tadej Pogačar lead the race on stage one of the 2024 Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty Images / Bernard Papon)

Time was that Tadej Pogačar's UAE Team Emirates squad were his Achilles heel at the Tour de France – hardly rubbish, but nowhere near the strength in depth of, say, Visma-Lease a bike or Ineos Grenadiers.

That excuse is not going to fly this July, for the Middle-Eastern team has just presented an eight-man squad for the Tour with such depth of strength that you risk the bends if you click off this page too quickly.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.