Spanish champion Mavi Garcia had been a favorite for the race but she is among those to have contracted coronavirus.
The 20-year-old is currently balancing life as a graphic design student and the challenges of a fledgling professional cycling career.
Team boss Rubens Bertogliati says the new women's team is not about sportswashing but about inspiring more people in the UAE to ride bikes.
The Swiss time trialist has quickly risen through the ranks since racing for the World Cycling Center in 2019 and will ride for SD Worx next season.
Team of Tadej Pogačar to acquire women's WorldTour license from Alè BTC Ljubljana as it looks to continue developing cycling in the UAE.
Marlen Reusser is still coming to terms with her swift rise in cycling but she's not ready to stop achieving and she wants a rainbow jersey to add to her collection.
The Swiss champion rode away from her breakaway companions, which included Coryn Rivera, in impressive style to give herself a substantial lead overall.
The Italian squad will not have its pre-race COVID-19 control results in sufficient time to prepare for the race