UAE Tour (February 21-27)

TONY GALLOPIN : “All is going well”

“The winter has gone well and everything is fine. I trained hard and my return to racing at the Grand Prix la Marseillaise and then the Tour de la Provence went smoothly. Between covid-19 and the injuries (scaphoid fracture of the left hand on February 6, 2020 at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana then a fracture of the wrist on October 10, 2020 during the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia), 2020 was a blank season for me. I will ramp up to be in good shape in April and May with Paris-Camembert, the Ardennes and then the Giro d´Italia. I’m happy to be participating in the UAE Tour. I competed in this race in 2019, and the Tour of Qatar or the Tour of Oman in the past. This race allows us to ride in the sun and do quality work. This year there are two summit finishes and an individual time trial. So it should be a good race.”TONY GALLOPIN

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They are three riders who will all have their first race of the year at the UAE TOUR. Finland's Jaakko Hänninen, the Swiss rider Mathias Frank, and American Larry Warbasse. The latter has just completed an training camp in the Sierra Nevada with Bob Jungels.