UAE Team Emirates (UAD)
After plenty of turbulences and chaos, Team Lampre-Merida has become UAE Team Emirates in 2017. The United Arab Emirates saved the Italian team, but it has done away with the trademark pink of Lampre. The team now sports black, white and red.
Portuguese racer Rui Costa has stayed true to the team. He brought in the general classification victory in the Tour de Suisse three times, from 2012 to 2014. The Portuguese racer had to sit out 2015; in 2016, he was seventh in the general classification. Kristijan Durasek of Croatia is also racing for the newly formed UAE Team Emirates. In 2015, Durasek managed to seize the lead just short of the finish during the second stage in Risch/Rotkreuz and win the stage.
Columbian native Darwin Atapuma is a new addition to the team. Last year he won the fifth mountain stage in Carì (Ticino) while riding for the BMC Racing Team.