UAE Team Emirates have extended with riders Yousif Mirza and Manuele Mori, with the former set to stay for at least two more years and the latter for a year. The re-signing of Mirza and Mori means that the team has 29 confirmed riders for next season.
The 30-year-old Mirza turned professional with UAE Team Emirates last season and this year won the road race at the Asian Continental Championships before going on to take both the road race and time trial at the UAE national championships.
“I’m happy to be able to continue to be a part of this magnificent team that takes the name of my country around the world,” Mirza said. “It’s an honour to be a member of this team, sharing the joy of success with my mates and sharing my love for cycling with others from the UAE. I hope to inspire others to ride their bikes.
“In these first two years that I’ve been in the team, we were able to reach our goals: seeing more and more bikes on the road, people of all ages passionate for our sport and acting with my teammates as role models. The bar is continually being lifted, bringing in many other champions into this project, and, for my part, I’m going to continue giving my utmost to push it ahead.”
Mori has been with the team since its days as Lampre, joining them for the 2009 season. He has also previously ridden for Saunier-Duval, is a veteran of 14 Grand Tours and is a past winner of the Japan Cup. At 38, he will be the oldest member of the team in 2019.
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