UAE Team Emirates make big moves to bolster squad, signing Davide Formolo and rising stars for 2020

The WorldTour team have signed five new riders for next season

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UAE Team Emirates are making moves this transfer window, signing five new riders for 2020 including Italian champion Davide Formolo and young rising stars.

The WorldTour team is adding to its pool of talent for sprints and the general classification, with Formolo making the move from Bora-Hansgrohe on a two-year contract.

UAE have also signed Argentinian champion and lead-out veteran Maximiliano Richeze from Deceuninck – Quick-Step to be the last man for sprinter Fernando Gaviria.

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On the signing of 26-year-old Formolo, UAE general manager Joxean Matxin said: “Formolo will form an integral role in the fabric of our team.

“Davide has great qualities and great potential. He has already achieved some good results in the Classics and in the general classification of stage races and we are confident that he can reach even greater heights in the years to come. He will have the full support of the team for his objectives in the Ardennes Classics and beyond.”

Formolo, a Giro d’Italia stage winner and top-10 finisher in the Vuelta a España, is leaving German team Bora after a two year spell.

This year, Formolo finished second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and won his first national title.

He said: “I spent two wonderful years with my current team, but I felt my goals and the plan laid out by UAE Team Emirates fitted together perfectly, so I decided to join this exciting project.

“The next few years I want to mainly focus on hilly one-day Classics.”

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Formolo will race alongside his compatriot and general classification rider Fabio Aru, as well as Ireland’s Dan Martin who also thrives in the hilly Classics.

On Richeze's signing, Matxin said: "Over the years, Richeze has become increasingly important for the teams where he rides, he possesses the perfect mix of skill and strength on the bike with experience and intelligence.

"I have no doubts when I say that he is the best lead-out man in the world, and will slot into our sprint train as the last man for Gaviria, as the pair are well used to working together already [at Quick-Step]."

UAE have also signed young American prospect Brandon McNulty and the under-23 world time trial champion Mikkel Bjerg.

Italian Alessandro Covi will also join the team from continental outfit Colpack while the winner of the 2019 Baby Giro, Andres Ardila, will also make the step up to the WorldTour.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.