Bastianelli and Garcia join UAE ADQ team for training camp in Spain – Gallery
The 15 riders of the renamed UAE Team ADQ, formerly Ale BTC Ljubljana, reunite on the Mediterranean coast of Spain during a training camp in Altea ahead of the season-opening Vuelta CV Feminas race on Sunday.
“The women’s cycling movement is growing strongly and our girls are all very motivated. They know that they are part of an important team which represents a state and which can be a means of achieving great results in the most prestigious races in the world. This first year of the team’s life will be important to get this project off to a good start, which has a long duration and very clear objectives,” said team general manager Rubens Bertogliati.
The team retained nine riders, including Spaniard Mavi Garcia and former world champion Marta Bastianelli.
“For all of us it’s a very important project and together we’re growing a lot and all the girls are very motivated. I have a lot of expectations for the new year on a personal level and I want to try to improve even more and to achieve significant results,” said Garcia.
Bastianelli aims, once again, to be a contender for the great spring classics. “A new experience which comes at the right time to try to end my career in the best possible way. My objectives are the classics, I will try to be competitive in Amstel or Roubaix and then I would like to support the team.”
New recruits include two Italians, Erica Magnaldi and Sofia Bertizzolo, and the first woman from the United Arab Emirates to join the WorldTour, Safiya Al Sayegh, as well as Swiss rider Linda Zanetti and Russians Maria Novoloskaia and Alena Ivanchenko, world junior champion 2021 of the time trial.
“I’m really excited about this new opportunity and I can’t wait to start the race. I found in this team a good group and a very good organization. Personally, in the race I will have a different role than by the and I will be joined by another very strong climber like Mavi Garcia and I hope I can help her aspire to high level results and sometimes I try to get some personal satisfaction out of it.For me the first big ones appointment will be the Ardennes classics and then the two Grand Tours,” said Magnaldi.
The 2022 jersey is a cross-fade from blue to orange, which the team says was “inspired by the wonderful and breathtaking Emirati sunsets”.
A recent team press release highlights Melissa Moncada as head coach, while former Swiss pro Bertogliati is the team’s general manager, Fortunato Lacquaniti has been named sporting director along with Giuseppe Lanzoni, Michele Devoti and Gorazd Penko as sports directors.
Composition of the UAE ADQ team for 2022
- Safiya al Sayegh (UAE)
- Marta Bastianelli (Italy)
- Sofia Bertizzolo (Italy)
- Maaike BoogaardNed
- Eugenia Bujak (Slo)
- Mavi Garcia (Spa)
- Alena Ivanchenko (Russia)
- Erica Magnaldi (Italy)
- Maria Novoloskaya (Russia)
- Alessia Patuelli (Italy)
- Ursa Pintar (Slo)
- Laura Tomasi (Italy)
- Anna Trevisi (Italy)
- Sophie Wright (GBr)
- Linda Zanetti (Switzerland)
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