UAE Team Emirates has announced that it will run a women’s squad at the WorldTour level from next season onwards. It is set to acquire the license of Alé BTC Ljubljana to do so. The team will also ride Colnago bikes, like the men’s UAE Emirates team, in place of the Cipollini bikes ridden by Alé BTC Ljubljana.
Team Manager Mauro Gianetti commented: “We are pleased to announce that we are working to create a female team to compete on the world stage as part of the UAE ambition to develop cycling, in support of a global project that started back in 2017. Together with the Alé BTC Ljubljana Team we have found the right opportunity and the availability we were looking for and, in collaboration with the UCI, we are preparing all the necessary documents for the completion of the acquisition of the WorldTour license starting from 1 January 2022. In the coming weeks we will have the definitive framework and we will be ready to present the project.”