Martin and Kristoff lead UAE Team Emirates for the Tour de France

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

Dan Martin has been confirmed as team leader for UAE Team Emirates at the Tour de France with European champion Alexander Kristoff targeting the sprint finishes. As a result, the eight-rider UAE Team Emirates lie-up includes riders to help Kristoff in the first part of the three-week Grand Tour, and riders to back Martin’s overall bid. Named in the Tour de France team are Marco Marcato, Rory Sutherland and Roberto Ferrari, young rouleur Oliviero Troia, and climbers Darwin Atapuma and Kristijan Durasek. Former world champion, Rui Costa is not in the squad after being slowed by a knee injury. Fabio Aru had already confirmed he will not ride the Tour de France after quitting the Giro d’Italia. He is expected to return for the Vuelta a Espana. Martin finished sixth overall in the 2017 Tour de France, while riding with Quick-Step Floors, despite riding for 12 stages. The Irishman moved ...

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