Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won the 4th stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint, beating Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) into the minor podium places. Stage 4 of the Tour de France was somewhat of a welcomed ‘relaxed’ stage, given the fact that a number of riders are nursing injury after numerous crashes in the opening three stages of the French grand tour. Today’s stage saw riders take on a flat 150km route, from Redon to Fourges. Just two riders jumped into the break of the day and so it was relatively easy for the sprinter teams to control the gap.
The current European and Italian champion, Giacomo Nizzolo, will begin his preparations for the second-half of his season with his sights now firmly fixed on the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders in September. The 32-year-old Team Qhubeka ASSOS sprinter recently took his maiden Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia, a victory he described as an “explosion of emotion” after 11 second-place stage finishes. The Italian has netted 15 top-10 finishes this year across 46 race days; only Kilian Frankiny and Bert-Jan Lindeman have raced more than him in our team this season. 2021 has seen him race at Etoile de Besseges, UAE Tour,.
Three stage victories in just five days at the 2021 Giro d’Italia proved to be the most successful in our team’s history. We take a look back at an incredible week for the team with further insights from those involved, who all played their part in putting their hands up for our purpose. In late 2020 it looked likely that the dream to exist at cycling’s highest level – the UCI WorldTour – for what is now Team Qhubeka ASSOS, could well be over. Without a major sponsor, hopes of survival looked slim with riders and staff encouraged to take up offers from elsewhere. Fast-forward.
Victor Campenaerts, the winner of stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia, has been forced to withdraw from the race due to a leg injury. The Team Qhubeka ASSOS rider experienced pain in his right knee during the cold and wet conditions on stage 16 but managed to finish in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Following extensive treatment to a tendon problem on Monday evening and then subsequently on Tuesday’s rest day, it was decided by the team’s medical staff that he should withdraw to reduce risk of further aggravating the injury. Campenaerts leaves the race having put in consistently impressive performances for the team culminating with his victory.
Guardia Sanframondi, 15 May 2021 – A brave, fighting performance from Victor Campenaerts saw the Belgian take a strong seventh position on the uphill finish to Guardia Sanframondi on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia. The stage was won by Victor Lafay (Cofidis) ahead of Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) while Attila Valter (FDJ) retained the race lead overall. On a day where the fight to get into the breakaway was particularly brutal, and saw numerous attempts by our own riders to make it, a group of eight riders eventually made their escape after approximately 55km. Campenaerts, as he’d promised prior to the start, refused to miss out.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ general classification leader Domenico Pozzovivo has sadly been forced to withdraw from the 104th Giro d’Italia following crashing twice on stage six from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno. The 38-year-old crashed twice in the opening kilometres of the race, in extremely wet conditions, but gamely fought his way to the finish line as Ascoli Piceno. Upon finishing he was immediately attended to by our team doctor and had an x-ray examination of the affected arm and ribs, which showed no sign of fracture. After an intensive night of treatment, a further assessment was conducted on Friday morning where it was deemed that.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s UCI WorldTour outfit, is delighted to announce our line-up for the 2021 Giro d’Italia. The 104th edition of the iconic event (8-30 May) will see the Italian duo of Giacomo Nizzolo and Domenico Pozzovivo spearhead our efforts in our 6th appearance at the race. Nizzolo, the current European and Italian champion, returns to his home race having last ridden in 2019, and will be looking to add another chapter to his own history with the event. Twice the winner of the points jersey – in 2015 and 2016 – the 31-year-old will be aiming for a first-ever stage victory in his ninth.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS has named its line-up for the five-stage Tour of the Alps which features a return to racing for Nicholas Dlamini, as one of two South Africans to feature in the team. Dlamini, who recently placed third at the South African road race championships, returns to European racing following earlier appearances in the season at Grote prijs Jean-Pierre Monsere, Le Samyn and Tour de la Provence. Dlamini’s ‘s joined by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Lasse Norman Hansen, who will play crucial support roles throughout. Domenico Pozzovivo and Kilian Frankiny will carry the main load of the climbing duties during the week where.
Victor Campenaerts and Dimitri Claeys lead the local charge in Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ selection for the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday. The Belgian duo will be joined by the likes of Simon Clarke and Michael Gogl, while the highly experienced Bert-Jan Lindeman will likely play a crucial support role on the day. In Emil Vinjebo and Lasse Norman Hansen we have two young Danes who will be looking to likely cover any big early moves. Back to the burbs and cobbles, and on my home roads! It’ll be my first E3 and like all of the Classics, my first experiences. I’m very excited of.
Marc Pritzen, from our continental team, raced to victory at the South African road race championship in Swellendam, South Africa. Pritzen took the win ahead of Willie Smit (Burgo- BH), with a well-timed attack in the final stretch of the 178km race. It was an impressive all-round team performance, with Nicholas Dlamini claiming the bronze medal for Team Qhubeka ASSOS. Pritzen’s road race title comes after he already claimed the u23 time trial title on Friday. With the elite and U23 categories being combined for the road race, today’s victory meant the 21-year-old from Benoni will proudly be able to show off the national jersey.