NTT Pro Cycling has welcomed today’s announcement by the organisers of the Tour de France (A.S.O.) that the iconic race is to take place from 29 August – 20 September.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our team have cast our attention to supporting and expressing our solidarity to those all affected around the world and formulated the ‘Be Moved’ initiative.
At the same time, our performance team have been working hard with our riders in following carefully structured programmes, using a variety of formats, to ensure that we are as well prepared as possible once racing does resume.
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal
We are really, really excited about the announcement in the news today. Our team has worked this year incredibly hard in the pre-season to build up to 2020 and we started really well, and now through this pandemic, which has been incredibly sad and taken the world by storm, our team is still working incredibly hard.
The riders are motivated and training; and very focused on getting back into the season once it starts, which we hope will be sooner rather than later. It’s fantastic to have the Tour de France reveal their dates. It gives us a massive amount of motivation and a goal to aim for.
This will be NTT Pro Cycling’s sixth Tour de France; we’ve won seven stages in the previous five Tours starting with the iconic Mandela Day stage win on the 18th of July 2015 with Steve Cummings. We as a team are incredibly proud and looking forward to racing the world’s biggest cycling event, albeit a bit later.
We are very excited about what this means for cycling, our team and our partners going forward into the second part of the season.
Our team does use it’s success to do good, to motivate and try and get people onto bicycles through the Qhubeka Charity. That’s even more critical now in terms of our partners supporting Qhubeka so that we can mobilise healthcare workers and spotters to cover more ground and test as many people as possible in communities (in South Africa) so that we can flatten the curve of this pandemic.
It’s quite exciting what we’re doing with Qhubeka and we look forward to doing many more things with them. The Tour de France is a massive platform for us to showcase what this team is all about and that we are moving this continent and South Africa forward on Qhubeka bicycles.
Edvald Boasson Hagen
It’s great that the A.S.O. has confirmed the dates for the Tour, it’s nice now to have a specific target to train for.
I’ve been training very well in preparing for the races to come but now it makes even more sense and I’m looking forward to some racing.