Marta Bastianelli carries winning form through to a new season

73 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2022 - 3 Etapa - 3 Stage - Alicante - Alto de antenas del Maigmó - 155 km - 4/02/2022 - Marta Bastianelli (ITA - UAE Team ADQ) - Photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

After a relatively disappointing 2020, Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) bounced back at the end of last season, finishing the campaign strongly with a stage win at The Women’s Tour and a fifth place at the inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes. She has begun 2022 in a similar fashion, winning the Vuelta CV Feminas following a near-perfect lead out from her team.

“Because the final part of my season last year went well, I have started this new season pretty well. It wasn’t an easy year last year but it doesn’t always go our way, we’re not machines,” Bastianelli said from her training camp in Altea, Spain last week. 

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Issy Ronald has just graduated from the London School of Economics where she studied for an undergraduate and masters degree in History and International Relations. Since doing an internship at Procycling magazine, she has written reports for races like the Tour of Britain, Bretagne Classic and World Championships, as well as news items, recaps of the general classification at the Grand Tours and some features for Cyclingnews. Away from cycling, she enjoys reading, attempting to bake, going to the theatre and watching a probably unhealthy amount of live sport.