The third edition of the Saudi Tour cycling competition is set to take place in AlUla from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. According to a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Sports, the tournament will be held in conjunction with the Saudi Cycling Federation and the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The 851-kilometer event will be conducted in five stages with 211 competitors split into 16 teams representing various nations. Starting on Monday, the first segment will go 180.5 kilometers to Khaybar from AlUla International Airport. Cyclists will then go 184 miles on stage two from Winter Park to the Sijilat waterfall’s rocks, 159.2 km on stage three to Abu Rakah, 163.4 km on stage four to Harrat Awirid, and 142.9 km on stage five from AlUla’s historic center to the Maraya music venue.
But who are the teams competing? The seven licensed UCI world teams competing in the event will be composed of Team Astana Kazakhstan, Team Bahrain Victorious, the French Team Cofidis, Spain’s Team Movistar, Team Jayco AlUla of Australia, the Dutch Team DSM, and Team UAE.
As for the six professional teams taking part, they will be composed of the Bingoal WB Team of Belgium, Team Euskaltel-Euskadi representing Spain, the US’ Human Power Health Team, Team Q 36.5 Professional from Switzerland, Norway’s Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, and the Italian Team Corratec.
Finally, the three invitational teams that will compete will be the Saudi Cycling Federation Team, the Terengganu Polygon Team of Malaysia, and Japan’s JCL Team Ukyo.