UAE Team Emirates will start the 2018 WorldTour season at the Tour Down Under and has announced a squad led by Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi.
“For the first time in my career I’ll be participating in the Tour Down Under. I want to get to know this race, but I’m well aware that I will end up next to riders who are already in great shape, especially the Australians”, said Rui Costa.
“For me this will be the beginning of a long season; it will be interesting to see the first results of our winter workouts, hopefully we will have a good pedalling rhythm by then.”
Costa will support Ulissi who in 2014 finished on the podium at the Tour Down Under.
“As has often happened in the past, the 2018 season will also start for me in Australia, in a race where I have always encountered perfect conditions for the first competitive rides.
The competition is going to be very high calibre; the two stages with climbing arrivals will be coveted by many and will serve as a good testing ground”, said Ulissi.
UAE Team Emirates roster for the People’s Choice Classic and the Tour Down Under: Matteo Bono, Simone Consonni, Rui Costa, Roberto Ferrari, Marco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Diego Ulissi