Pogačar's Teammate Jay Vine Signs With Team UAE Through 2027
Australian racer Jay Vine has inked a long-term extension with UAE Team Emirates, keeping him with the squad through 2027.
Vine, who’s only in his first season with the team, said in a statement, “There’s no doubt in my mind, UAE is one of the best teams in the world, and to be able to extend my contract with them so soon after joining the team has been a big relief.”
The twenty-seven-year-old Vine first went pro in 2020 with Australian Continental team Nero Continental. After winning that year’s Zwift Academy, he signed and spent the next two years with Alpecin-Fenix, where his best finishes were a pair of stage wins in the 2022 Vuelta and a second overall finish in the 2021 Tour of Turkey.
Additionally, he won the mountain classification in the 2022 Étolie de Bessèges and the 2022 UCI Esports World Championships.
Equally as strong as a climber as he is a time trialist (he won the 2023 Australian national time trial championship), expect Vine not only to work in support of teammate Tadej Pogačar over the next few seasons, but to compete for general classifications as well.
The Emirati team announced his signing this morning via their website. “A lot has happened already in my first season with UAE, straight away the team fully backed me, and helped bring me to a successful start to the season at Tour Down Under and Australian National Championships,” Vine said in the statement. “I did get slowed down by my knee injury, but even through that, the team has been exceedingly supportive both on and off the bike... I’ve already learned so much under the guidance of the staff and the other riders.”
UAE Team Emirates team principal and CEO Mauro Gianetti added, “We saw a lot of potential and talent in Jay and also a margin for improvement. We have worked with a lot of detail on aspects such as his biomechanics and his training and we have seen him take steps forward. We are pleased with his progression and good attitude to being part of this team and we hope to continue to take those steps forward together in the years ahead.”
Vine is currently racing in this year’s Giro, where he sits in eighteenth place after seven stages, 2:47 down from the maglia rosa. He also raced in February's UAE Tour, which he did not finish, and he won the GC in January’s Tour Down Under.
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