UAE-Team Emirates confirmed Monday the grand tour schedules for its captains for the upcoming season. The team is currently in the United Arab Emirates, and will make its season debut at the UAE Tour next month.
American rider Brandon McNulty will see co-captain duties at the Giro d’Italia, where he will race alongside Davide Formolo for a run at the GC. In his grand tour debut in 2020, McNulty rode to a solid 15th overall that included a second-place and a third-place in stages.
Newcomer Marc Hirschi will also return to the Tour, where he posted a breakout performance in 2020 that included a stage victory.
Officials also confirmed that Fernando Gaviria will target the Giro, while the team will count on Alexander Kristoff for the Tour, which includes up to eight sprints in 2021.
Team rosters and the other major season goals will be filled out in the coming weeks, officials said.
Grand tour captains for UAE-Team Emirates in 2021
Giro d’Italia: Davide Formolo, Brandon McNulty, Fernando Gaviria
Tour de France: Tadej Pogačar, Marc Hirschi, Alexander Kristoff
Vuelta España: Tadej Pogačar, Matteo Trentin, David De La Cruz