The UAE Team ADQ team said it had made its last transfer in October but now has announced the signing of British rider Lizzie Holden. The 25-year-old represented Le Col Wahoo this season but has signed a one-year deal for her new team. Originally linked with the new B&B Hotels women’s team, it’s a further sign that maybe that project isn’t going to take off in 2023.
UAE Team ADQ has said that Holden will be their last signing for the 2023 season. The Brit started her career in 2017 with the Drops team before heading to Spain to join Bizkaia Durango and eventually rejoining the Drops outfit under their new name – Le Col Wahoo. She has repeatedly come close to a professional victory but hasn’t reached the top step yet. At the start of 2020, Holden was 2nd to Lizbeth Yareli Salazar in a 2-up break at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana.
In the last year, Holden has finished 9th at the Bloeizone Fryslan Tour, 7th at the Thüringen Ladies Tour and 4th in the Lotto Belgium Tour. On home roads, she was 3rd in the British National Championships Time Trial and 5th in the Commonwealth Games TT held in Wolverhampton.
“I always wanted to come out at WorldTour level. I’m really super excited to start a new adventure. I still have a lot to learn and would like to make even more progress. I also want to contribute to the success of my new team.”Lizzie Holden
UAE Team ADQ will ride with 16 riders nxt year. Joining Holden as a new rider are Alena Amialiusik, Olivia Baril, Chiara Consonni, Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini, Mikayla Harvey and Silvia Persico. Riders leaving the team are Maaike Boogaard (AG Insurance NXTG), Mavi Garcia (Liv Racing Xstra), Maria Novolodskaya, Alessia Patuelli, Urska Pintar and Sophie Wright (Plantur Pura).