UAE Development Team: 16 riders for the new team
January 21, 2023
The newborn of the UAE Team ADQ family, the UAE Development team, is glad to unveil the list of its 16 athletes for 2023 season.
The newborn of the UAE Team ADQ family, the UAE Development team, is glad to unveil the list of its 16 athletes for 2023 season. This amazing sports project has a mission: to develop the best talents in the world and give an opportunity to young athletes to make their debut in Elite Category.
We are proud of the diversity of our athletes, coming from nine Countries including UAE who have decided to come together to grow and express their full potential under the color of UAE Development team.
In fact, the UAE Development Team athletes will have plenty of time to improve their skills and grow through experience during the 2023 busy calendar races.
In addition, the strongest ones will have the opportunity to race in World Tour with UAE Team ADQ squad during the year.
"In this way we will meet the expectations and needs of both very strong athletes, but also of the majority of girls who instead need more time to grow" explained Valentino Villa, Team manager of the UAE Development Team and founder of Team Valcar, the home team of Champions Chiara Consonni and Silvia Persico.
“We will work in collaboration with the UAE Team ADQ – explains Valentino Villa – and we will train the young athletes thanks to a high-quality international staff made up of sports directors Sergey Lagutin, Andrea Mariani and Anna Badegruber, mechanics Stefano Casiraghi, Andrea Stucchi and Vitaliy Buts and by masseurs Andrea Tessaro and Eros Colombo”.
A staff that will help in the growth of a team made up of the Italians Beatrice Caudera, Carlotta Cipressi, Sara Fiorin, Federica Piergiovanni and Emma Redaelli. Together with them there will also be the Latvian Anastasia Carbonari, the Ukrainian Yuliia Biriukova, the Estonian Elisabeth Ebras (athlete who will compete in the cyclo-cross race in Benidorm, Spain), the Irish Lara Gillespie, the sisters Huda and Zahra Hussain from the United Arab Emirates, the Australian sprinter Lauren Perry, the Swiss Linda Zanetti and the Dutch climber Sophia Zwaan. Lastly, the debuts of the three-time MTB XCE World Champion Gaia Tormena and the European Team Pursuit Champion Francesca Pellegrini aroused great interest.
In the next few days we will present all the athletes on the team's official Instagram profile @uaedevo_team.
Credits ph. Manuela Heres. From the left: Rubens Bertogliati, Francesca Pellegrini, Laura Tomasi, Zahra Hussain, Camila Garcia, Safiya Alsayegh, Sophia Zwaan, Erica Magnaldi, Valentino Villa.