A thrilling display of attacking racing saw Team Qhubeka ASSOS draw widespread praise for their overall performance at Le Samyn on Tuesday, with Victor Campenaerts winning the prize for most attacking rider of the day for Africa’s UCI WorldTour team. Even so, there was some disappointment at the prospect of missing out on an even better result as sprinter Carlos Barbero was desperately unlucky, with a flat tyre with just over 5km to go on the high speed run in to the final. After the team played their part in reeling in the day’s early breakaway, they breathed fire into the race through a series.
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.
Giacomo Nizzolo went one better on the second day of Etoile de Besseges finishing third on a crash-marred second stage of the race. The European and Italian champion hit the front early on the uphill drag to the finish for Team Qhubeka ASSOS as a result of a slew of crashes before being beaten on the line by Timothy Dupont (Bingoal – Wallonie Bruxelles) and Pierre Barbier (Delko). Ahead of the start Andreas Stokbro wasn’t able to start as he was still suffering from the crash he went down in on stage one. Giacomo Nizzolo I feel okay, obviously I’d like to win but I.
The European and Italian champion, Giacomo Nizzolo, fought to a strong fourth place on the opening stage of Etoile de Besseges in the team’s first proud outing as Team Qhubeka ASSOS. The 32-year-old Italian benefited from excellent teamwork throughout the day with the single goal of positioning Nizzolo perfectly ahead of the final steep climb to the line in Bellegarde. It was Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) who eventually fought it out for line honours, with the former taking victory. Nizzolo showed some excellent early-season form and was just shaded by former world champion Mads Pedersen, as they were fastest among the group two seconds.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team, will have the European and Italian Giacomo Nizzolo leading our charge at our opening race of the season – Etoile de Bessèges. The selection for the race sees a raft of new faces, spearheaded by Nizzolo, who recently his 32nd birthday. Among his support will be long-term friend Matteo Pelucchi, who makes his first start for Team Qhubeka ASSOS. Lukasz Wisniowski has impressed during the team’s recent training camp in Spain and his experience will be invaluable alongside the likes of Andreas Stokbro and Sean Bennett, the American also making his debut for the team. The impressive.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is delighted to confirm the arrivals of Lukasz Wisniowski, Sean Bennett and Karel Vacek to Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team in 2021. All three riders will offer a wide variety of skills that will be crucial as part of our team’s performance ambitions in the future, alongside our continued purpose in changing lives together with the Qhubeka Charity. 28-year-old Wisniowski is a an excellent addition who will bring a wealth of experience into the team. A career highlight thus far undoubtedly was his second place finish at the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and his performances at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, where he’s twice fnished in.
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana, taking the win ahead of Gino Mader (NTT Pro Cycling). The penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana saw a return to La Covatilla, a climb well-known to our team as in 2018, it was where Ben King took the 2nd of his two Vuelta a Espana stage wins. The stage started in pretty grim conditions, cold and wet, and this saw a large breakaway group of 33 riders going clear. NTT Pro Cycling got both Stefan de Bod and Mader into that front group. The UAE-Emirates team was well represented in the break.
Jasper Philipsen (UAE Emirates) won stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana in an uphill sprint finish. Stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana was the longest of the race at 231km in length. The day was lengthened further due to the fact there was a prevailing headwind throughout the stage. With over 4000m of climbing but with no climbs categorised higher than cat 3, it seemed today would be another good chance for the breakaway. Every NTT Pro Cycling rider got involved in trying to make the break, but eventually when a group of 13 riders got up the road, we had missed the.
NTT Pro Cycling team principal Douglas Ryder remains confident that the team will be able to secure a solution to keep the team “on the road” in 2021. Speaking at a special virtual event for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, of which the team are ambassadors, Ryder was reflecting on the team’s overall journey, performances in 2020 as well as what the future may hold for Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour outfit. It was announced in early October that current title partner NTT Ltd. would not renew their sponsorship of the team; seeing Ryder in a race against time to secure the necessary funding to.
Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) won stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana which finished at the summit of the mythic Alto de l’Angliru. Stage 12 of La Vuelta was an explosive stage with 5 categorised climbs packed into just 109km, including the famous climb of Angliru. NTT Pro Cycling started the stage with the hopes of infiltrating the early break. Enrico Gasparotto, Carlos Barbero and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were visibly active the head of the bunch in the opening kilometers. Gasparotto did put some daylight between himself and the peloton but was soon caught on the first of the 5 climbs. It quickly.