Henok Mulubrhan hails from the capital of Eritea, Asmara. It’s a city rich in cycling culture, so much so that streets get closed on weekends so everyone can enjoy cycling freely, when you come home from Europe or the Tour de France, you are celebrated like an Olympic gold medalist – a hero. The response to Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus and how they celebrated after their first LeTour was inspirational and a glimpse of hope and possibilities to many young Eritrean riders, amongst them was Henok Mulubrhan who hopes to follow in their footsteps. “Cycling is my passion, it feels like I was born.
A new episode of the Team Qhubeka ASSOS podcast – Unclipped – is out now featuring the European and Italian champion, Giacomo Nizzolo. After a near-decade long wait Nizzolo won his first-ever grand tour stage in Verona at the 104th Giro d’Italia, in a moment he describes as an “explosion of emotion”. The 32-year-old also reflects on his evolution as a rider in recent years, his future goals, and why he will be doing everything to be at the 2021 World Championships in Flanders. ‘Unclipped with Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ is available via all podcasting platforms including: Apple podcasts Spotify Omny.
Nicholas Dlamini has been selected to represent Team South Africa at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in July. He will be joined by Darryl Impey, Ryan Gibbons, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and in the Carla Oberholzer in the road cycling discipline. We wish them all the best! Nic’s full reaction is below..
Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ Fabio Aru says that he’s thoroughly enjoying his steady return to form and enjoying racing with a smile on his face. The 30-year-old former Vuelta a España champion finds himself on a short racing break following his recent participation at the Tour of the Basque Country. “I’ve now done 23 race days and also some cyclo-cross racing at the start of the year and I’m just really happy to be part of this Qhubeka ASSOS family,” said Aru. “It’s a really good team and I enjoy every moment that I spend with my teammates and all of the staff. The feeling is.
Team Qhubeka rider Marc Pritzen stormed to victory at the South African Road Race championships in Swellendam, claiming both the elite title and the under 23 title. On a fantastic day for the team in the Western Cape, Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ Nic Dlamini claimed the bronze medal. 21-year-old Pritzen currently rides for our UCI Continental team based in Lucca, Italy, and this victory saw him beat a number of professionals in claiming the biggest win of his career so far. A former winner of the 947 Ride Joburg as well as a stage victor at the Tour of Good Hope in 2019, Pritzen will now.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is delighted to confirm the signings of Robert Power and Bert-Jan Lindeman, and in the process complete our roster for 2021. These signings bring our WorldTour complement to 27 which also enables us the opportunity to provide additional exposure to some of our Continental riders, where the programme allows, as part of their development process onto the WorldTour in the future. Robert Power is a very exciting addition to our squad that’s already shown his abilities on the highest level but who we see as someone whose full potential is yet to be realised. As a rider with a fast-kick who climbs.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is pleased to confirm a further two riders added to our roster for 2021 in Sander Armée and Mauro Schmid, to join Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team.h Armée joins us from Lotto Soudal where he has been since 2014 and brings invaluable experience to the team, while Schmid is one of the rising young stars of Swiss cycling with a very bright future. 34-year-old Belgian Armée is a strong general classification rider with excellent ability as a rouleur, and will provide ample support to our team in our ambitions in the season’s biggest stage races. A former teammate of Victor Campenaerts, Armée’s.
Sergio Henao will make history by becoming the first Colombian to ever ride for Team Qhubeka ASSOS, when he joins our organisation in 2021. Henao, 32, has forged a formidable career for himself at the highest level and will add a huge wealth of experience and ability to our squad. That experience includes in riding in support of Chris Froome for two of his Tour de France victories demonstrating the key role that he’s able to play in the biggest races and so brings significant depth to our stage-racing aspirations for the future. The double national champion (2017 & ’18) also won Paris-Nice in 2017.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is delighted to announce a further three riders that will take to the start line of the 2021 season for Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team. Former South African champion Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has signed a contact extension which will see him ride his 10th season for the team, having first joined in 2010. During that time he was crowned the national champion in 2017, won the Tour de Langkawi in 2016 and has also secured wins in Portugal, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands. The “Beast”, as he’s affectionately known, will be looking to once again play an invaluable part as a.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is delighted to announce contract renewals for Nicholas Dlamini and Carlos Barbero. Dlamini, 25, continues his journey with us having made the step up from our Lucca-based Continental team into Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour outfit in 2018, and subsequently firmly establishing himself as a household name. A previous King of the Mountains classification winner at the Tour Down Under as well as the Tour of Britain, the South African’s 2020 season got off to the worst possible start as he spent time recovering from a broken arm, which ruled him out of all competition prior to the season being halted due to.