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Wiggins, Etixx, Sky all in for Dubai Tour

Bradley Wiggins will be among those lining up for the third Dubai Tour, which on Sunday announced a 2016 lineup featuring 10 WorldTour teams

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DUBAI, UAE (VN)—Bradley Wiggins will be among the riders for the third Dubai Tour, which announced a 2016 team lineup on Sunday that will feature 10 WorldTour teams, three Pro Continental squads, and two from the Continental ranks, including Team Wiggins. Defending champion Mark Cavendish and 2014 winner Taylor Phinney are also expected for the February 3 – 6 race.

“I’m really excited to be racing with my team at the 2016 Dubai Tour,” Wiggins said in comments handed out at the official announcement in Dubai. “It’s a really exciting event and we’re looking forward to competing with some of the best teams in the world.”

Those teams will include Cavendish’s Dimension Data squad, as well as his former team, Etixx-Quick Step, which was noticeably absent from the team list for the Tour of Qatar, announced earlier this month. Also absent from Qatar but on the start list for Dubai are Trek Factory Racing, Team Sky, Tinkoff, and Movistar.

Phinney won the inaugural edition of the race in 2014, and his BMC Racing team will be back for 2016, one of three U.S.-registered teams in the race, along with Trek Factory Racing and Team Novo Nordisk.

The four-day Dubai Tour, organized in conjunction with Giro d’Italia owner RCS Sport, is quickly becoming a favored early season stop for top pros due to the easy logistics. All four stages begin in Dubai, and two of them finish there, so teams can plant themselves in one place for a week of transfer-free training and racing.

Stages 1, 2, and 4 will be flat runs for the sprinters, while the 172-kilometer stage 3 will help settle the overall with a three-climb finale that includes a 200-meter uphill finish, on a stretch of road with 17-percent gradients.

UCI WORLD TEAMS
Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Etixx – Quick Step (BEL)
Lampre – Merida (ITA)
Movistar Team (ESP)
Team Giant – Alpecin (GER)
Team Sky (GBR)
Tinkoff (RUS)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)

UCI PRO CONTINENTAL TEAMS
CCC Sprandi Polkowice (POL)
One Pro Cycling (GBR)
Team Nordisk (USA)

UCI CONTINENTAL TEAMS
Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team – Al Ahli Club (UAE)
Team Wiggins (GBR)

NATIONAL SELECTION
UAE National Selection (UAE)