“I am super excited to start racing – especially here in the United Arab Emirates”, says Sportive Director Dror Pekatch. “As an Israeli and a sportsman, it feels great to be in the UAE.”

Pekatch is the first Israeli DS in the WorldTour, launching his 2021-season with a special one: the UAE Tour.

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“We were welcomed warmly by the locals and we feel comfortable moving around here. I feel proud to represent my country in both my role in this team and in this country. In the end it has been less than half a year since Israel signed the peace agreement with the UAE”, he says.

Pekatch continues: “We’ve had a long preparation and the whole team feels it is now time to show ourselves. The team’s atmosphere is great. Everyone worked hard towards this race and is still working hard to achieve good results in the UAE.”

“It is a strong field in the UAE Tour and we love that. As an Israeli in an Israeli team, it feels great to be part of this event this week. I am looking forward to the action.”