Spain’s Carlos Barbero will feature in a strong lineup named for Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ challenge at Le Samyn (203.7km) on Tuesday. Barbero will be joined by Victor Campenaerts and Dimitri Claeys, who both put in very strong performances during the course of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, in looking to play active roles in what promises to be another exciting day of racing. The South African duo of Nicholas Dlamini and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will play important supporting roles too, alongside that of Lukasz Wisniowski and Andreas Stokbro who complete our seven-rider roster. Le Samyn lineup [squad numbers]: Victor Campenaerts  Dimitri Claeys .
Andrea Bagioli (DQS) won the 9th Royal Bernard Drome Classic finishing eleven seconds ahead of the bunch. Defending champion, Simon Clarke placed in 5th place for Team Qhubeka ASSOS, riding strongly in the race. It was a team effort throughout, with multiple appearances on the front of the peloton, keeping the break at a controlled distance. Once the break was caught, there were plenty of attacks off the reduced peloton, with Bagioli staying away to secure the win. The reduced bunch sprint saw Darryl Impey (ISN) placing second and Mikkel Frølich Honoré (DQS) third. Simon Clarke “It was a good race, I was really motivated.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) won the final stage of the UAE Tour, sprinting to victory ahead of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious). Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) won the race overall. The final stage of the UAE Tour was a 145km loop around Abu Dhabi, with a flat final run towards Abu Dhabi Breakwater. Team Qhubeka ASSOS were rallying around Giacomo Nizzolo for the final dash to the line. Some of the early racing saw crosswinds split the race with around 60km to go. Max Walscheid made the front split of 20-odd riders for Team Qhubeka ASSOS, but with a change in direction, the race all.
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won stage 6 of the UAE Tour, sprinting to the victory on the famous Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. Team Qhubeka ASSOS sprint ace, Giacomo Nizzolo placed 6th on stage 6 of the UAE Tour. The European champion found himself at the front of the sprinting pack a few meters too soon, as the 165km stage came down to a mass sprint finish. The UAE Tour will reach its conclusion tomorrow, as the final stage will be contested over a 147km route around Abu Dhabi. Another mass sprint will be expected, with a flat run to the line finishing outside Abu Dhabi.
Simon Clarke will lead Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ charge in two races in France this weekend, which will include a strong defence of his title at the Royal Bernard Drome Classic on Sunday. The Australian rode to a sensational win beating Warren Barguil and Vincenzo Nibali, in very tough conditions in 2020, and says that he feels preparations have gone well as he looks to the upcoming 179km race. That will be preceded by the Faun-Ardèche Classic (171.1km) on Saturday, a race that includes nearly 3000m of elevation and has Remi Cavagna as the defending champion. Clarke’s experience will be complemented by the inclusion of Fabio.
Jonas Vingegaard (Team Jumbo-Visma) won stage 5 of the UAE Tour ahead of race leader Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), with Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) placing 3rd. Stage 5 of the UAE Tour was the last chance for the climbers at this year’s race, as the 170km stage ended at the top of the UAE’s highest point, Jebel Jais. Team Qhubeka ASSOS were looking to Domenico Pozzovivo for a top stage placing today while the rest of the team would follow any moves at the beggining of the stage, just in case a strong break was allowed clear. Giacomo Nizzolo was in a few of the.
Victor Campenaerts, Dimitri Claeys and Sander Armée will lead the local charge for Team Qhubeka ASSOS for cycling’s iconic “Opening Weekend” of racing in Belgium. The trio will be taking to their home roads on Saturday for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (200.6km), with Campenaerts and Claeys then also set to compete in Sunday’s Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (199.2km). In Saturday’s race, in which Jasper Stuyven is the defending champion, they will be supported by Dane Emil Vinjebo, Lukasz Wisniowski from Poland, the USA’s Sean Bennett and Austrian road captain Michael Gogl. At this point, there is one change slated for Sunday’s line-up with Spain’s Carlos Barbero set to come.
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won the 4th stage of the UAE Tour, which ended in a mass sprint on Al Marjan Island. Stage 4 of the UAE Tour was the longest of the race, measuring in at 204km. The stage was always going to come down to a mass sprint as very little elevation gain and wind had to be dealt with. Team Qhubeka ASSOS ensured Giacomo Nizzolo was well placed throughout the stage as they worked to deliver the European and Italian champion to the line. The team did a great job to bring Nizzolo into the final kilometer right up near the head of.
Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) won the stage 2 individual time trial of the UAE Tour. Team Qhubeka ASSOS had Max Walscheid finish in an impressive 7th place on the stage. Stage 2 of the UAE Tour saw riders take on a flat and fast 13km time trial course on Al Hudayriat Island. The open and exposed course meant the main factor for riders to deal with today, would be the wind. As one of the earlier starters, Walscheid set a solid time of 14’28” and was provisionally in 4th place. With still the majority of the field to go though, it was quite a wait.
The UCI World Tour gets underway this weekend with the UAE Tour taking place between 21-27 February. The Italian duo of Giacomo Nizzolo and Domenico Pozzovivo will lead Team Qhubeka ASSOS at the middle-east’s premier cycling race. The UAE Tour will consist of 7 stages; four of which suit the sprinters, two summit finishes and an individual time trial. With something for every type of rider, and as the debut UCI World Tour race of the season, the 2021 UAE Tour has attracted arguably it’s strongest peloton ever. Team Qhubeka ASSOS will have one of the race’s headline sprinters at the start, European and Italian.