The first race of this season’s UCI World Tour, the 2021 UAE Tour will take place between the 21st and 28th of February in the United Arab Emirates. We can find the best cyclists in the competitors from Tadej Pogacar to Chris Froome. While world-class sprinters belong to the favorites in the 2021 UAE Tour Stage 1 winner odds.
This will be the third edition of the UAE Tour which was born from the previous Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours. Two-time Vuelta winner and the runner-up of last year’s Tour de France, Primoz Roglic won the first event in 2019. While his compatriot, Tadej Pogacar was fighting for the title last year with future winner Adam Yates. This year they can go head-to-head again for the victory but several other great cyclists will also be there. As it will also be the first event of the 2021 cycling season after the cancellation of the Australian races. The tournament will start this Sunday, 21st of February with a sprint stage. Then it’s followed by six more stages including an individual time trial and two mountain days. We should see an exciting start after so many top sprinters in the starting list. So let’s see the biggest favorites now.
2021 UAE Tour Stage 1 winner odds favor Bennett and Ewan
Sam Bennett has won the green jersey in the 2020 Tour de France after winning two stages in the tournament. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider also won a stage in last year’s Vuelta and fought for the victory with Pascal Ackermann on two more occasions. The Irish cyclist has also competed in the previous two UAE Tours and won one the last stage in 2019. Now online sportsbooks in Ireland offer the odds of 4.00 for his victory in the first stage.
Where he is likely to race head-to-head with Australian Caleb Ewan who won the points classification in the 2020 UAE Tour. The Lotto-Soudal rider also got two stage wins in last year’s Tour de France and also in his home tournament, Tour Down Under. This will be his third UAE Tour so he knows the route and conditions well just like Bennett. Ewan won one stage each year and has the odds of 4.32 at the 22Bet Sportsbook to start with a win according to the 2021 UAE Tour Stage 1 winner odds.
Other top sprinters who can get the victory
Pascal Ackermann also belongs to the best sprinters right now. He won the points classification in the 2019 Giro d’Italia and became the first German rider to do so. Ackermann also won two stages in last year’s Vuelta where he fought big battles with Bennett. He also got the bronze medal European Road Championships in 2020 beside winning the points classification in the Tirreno-Adriatico. Not a bad year from the Bora rider who also won the first stage in the 2020 UAE Tour. Now his odds to do it again is 6.95 on 22Bet.
Online gambling sites in Ireland also mention Fernando Gaviria in the favorites. The two-time track world champion got his breakthrough in 2017 when he won the points classification in the 2017 Giro d’Italia. Since then he has won two stages in the Tour de France and also crossed the finish line first in Stage 2 in the 2019 UAE Tour. Now the Columbian sprinter who is riding for the UAE Team Emirates has the odds of 13.00 to win again.