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.
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.
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.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS has announced its seven-rider line-up for the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, which will see our team lean on the road leadership qualities of Simon Clarke in what promises to be a very tough race. The 34-year-old Australian recently made a strong debut for the team at Étoile de Bessèges, where Michael Gogl finished sixth overall and Giacomo Nizzolo performed excellently in the sprints, and he now takes to the start line of a race that looks to provide an intense early-season test for all of the competitors. Clarke will be joined by 25-year-old compatriot Robert Power; as the highly-rated.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is excited to announce that Fabio Aru will be one of six debutants in our seven rider line-up for Tour de la Provence, starting on Thursday. The four-day stage race opens up with an undulating 173km from Aubagne to Six-Fours-les-Plages, but all eyes will likely already be cast to stage three and the mountain-top finish at Mont Ventoux. Aru, the 2015 Vuelta a España champion, expressed his anticipation in finally getting his road-racing season underway for his new team, and he’ll be joined by an exciting selection, of varying experience, out on the roads of southern France. South Africa’s Nicholas Dlamini opens.
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.
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, Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour cycling team, has concluded preparations for the 2021 season after completing a successful final pre-season training camp in Spain. 25 riders, together with a full complement of staff, spent nearly two weeks in Spain following an intensive training schedule while also finalising plans and preparations for the season ahead. In 2021, Team Qhubeka ASSOS had 17 new riders joined the team including the likes of former Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru, Simon Clarke, Kilian Frankiny, Robert Power and Sean Bennett. The European and Italian National champion – Giacomo Nizzolo – together with Victor Campenaerts and Nicholas Dlamini.
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.