Tadej Pogačar to make his season debut at UAE Tour; Adam Yates and Tom Dumoulin will be his GC rivals

Pogačar has overcome a bout of Covid and will be fit enough to defend his title

Tadej Pogačar winning Il Lombardia 2021
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Tadej Pogačar has been confirmed on the startlist of the UAE Tour, the first men's WorldTour event of the season.

The defending champion - who recently returned to training after contracting Covid-19 - will lead UAE-Team Emirates in what is a home race his team, Pogačar aiming to win the race for the second successive year alongside a support crew that will include João Almeida. The Portuguese rider is set to make his debut for the team having joined over the winter from Quick Step - Alpha Vinyl.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.