Marta Bastianelli’s upcoming retirement has been put on hold and she has extended her contract and will be racing with UAE Team ADQ in 2023.
The 35-year-old Italian has won seven races this year and is looking to continue her success for one more season before deciding on her future in the sport.
“I am very happy to continue with the team, we have decided together that I can bring my experience to the young and new drivers for another season. I want to end my career with another Grand Tour and a win, then we will decide the last step of my career with the team,” said Marta Bastianelli.
“In the meantime, I am proud and happy to be part of the UAE Team ADQ project again. The philosophy of the UAE Team ADQ is more in line with my values of sharing knowledge and always going further. For the final chapter of my career, as always, I will do my best and win again.”
2007 World Champion Bastianelli signed with UAE Team ADQ in his inaugural season this year after the team took over the former Ale BTC Ljubljana.
She competes in many spring classics and excels while carefully selecting stage races throughout her season. She has had career victories at the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Ronde van Drenthe, Vårgårda WestSweden and European Championships and the Giro d’Italia Donne.
Under UAE team ADQ, Bastianelli secured seven wins that year, including the team’s first win at the Vuelta CV Feminas and the overall title at the Elsy Jacobs Festival. She was also second in Stage 6 of the Tour de France Femmes in July.
“Last season, Marta proved to be a unique driver with strong skills and expertise,” said team manager Rubens Bertogliati.
“She has been a multiple winner for our team and we are very happy that she has chosen to race with UAE Team ADQ for another year. For us she is a pillar of the squad and her demeanor and experience are invaluable to the team’s youngest riders.”
Bastianelli’s extension will see their leading UAE team ADQ, who have bolstered their 15-rider roster with six signings in 2023.
As well as Silvia Persico, the revelation of the Tour de France ladies, UAE team ADQ have signed three other riders from Valcar Travel & Service; Olivia Baril, Chiara Consonni and Eleonora Gasparrini. Alena Amialiusik and Mikayla Harvey join UAE Team ADQ from Canyon-SRAM and will reinforce the team’s climbing strength.
The team has also signed Davide Arzeni from Valcar Travel & Service as the new sporting director from 2023.
“I really like the project behind the team and we will have a very strong and talented group of riders. I see the team as very balanced because we have very good climbers, sprinters and all-rounders and we are sure that we can achieve great things together on the road,” said Amialiusik.
“This is a very important but also very exciting step in my career. I have a lot of experience and I really want to share it with my new teammates and I look forward to learning from them too.
“UAE Team ADQ is a new project that goes way beyond sport and I love it! As an athlete, we can show by our own example that there are no limits and that we can do any sport, job or whatever we want without restrictions. We are showing and changing the image of women in sport.”
Bastianelli is the latest addition to UAE Team ADQ’s 15-man roster for 2023:
- Martha Bastianelli
- Silvia Persiko
- Olivia Baril
- Chaira Consonni
- Eleanor Gasparini
- Alena Amialiusik
- Mikayla Harvey
- Safiya Alsayegh
- Sofia Bertizzolo
- Erica Magnaldi
- Laura Tomas
- Anna Trevisi
- Eugenia Bujak
- Alena Ivanchenko
- Linda Zanetti