Elisa Longo Borghini set to join UAE Team ADQ

Multiple-year deal for the Italian Tour of Flanders winner as UAE Team ADQ bolster their roster for 2025

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Elisa Longo Borghini is leaving Lidl-Trek with a move to Team UAE ADQ on the way

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Elisa Longo Borghini is leaving Lidl-Trek with a move to Team UAE ADQ on the way

Elisa Longo Borghini is on her way to UAE Team ADQ for the 2025 season with the Tour of Flanders winner agreeing on a multiple-year deal with the team.

The move brings to an end the Italian’s long association with Lidl-Trek and sees her take on a leadership role at UAE Team ADQ.

According to several sources within the peloton, the move was agreed earlier this month with Longo Borghini impressed with the team’s plans on development and structure for the future. No comment from UAE Team ADQ was made when contacted by GCN on Thursday evening.

Longo Borghini had been in contract negotiations with Lidl-Trek earlier this spring and has enjoyed a hugely successful season, winning the Tour of Flanders for a second time and finishing third in the overall standings at the Vuelta Femenina earlier this month.

Read more: Elisa Longo Borghini happy with strong spring campaign despite slipping to third overall at Vuelta Femenina

UAE Team ADQ are revamping their team ahead of 2025 and have made significant management changes over the last six months, bringing in several new staff members with experience and know-how to their structure.

The team was born out of the Valcar squad, with UAE Team ADQ officially launching in 2023. With continued investment and a strong platform the team has looked to bolster their squad in the transfer market, with Longo Borghini set to become a leader in the Grand Tours and one-day Classics.

The team has won six races in 2024 so far but the project hopes to become the biggest women’s WorldTour squad in the world over the next few years. Several riders are on the team’s radar for 2025 as they build the project, and new arrivals are set to be announced in an official capacity in August.

There are reports that Elisa Longo Borghini will bring her long term coach to the team and according to sources the squad see the versatile Italian as a vital leader on and off the road for the next few years.

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