Following on from the Giro d’Italia, where Team Qhubeka ASSOS had a hugely successful race by winning 3 stages, Team Qhubeka Continental will now get their chance to shine as the u23 Giro d’Italia gets underway tomorrow in Cesenatico, Italy.
10 stages will make up the u23 Giro d’Italia in 2021. This year, race orgnisers reduced team rosters to 5-riders, in order to accommodate 32 team’s from around the world. These stars of the future will cover more than 1300km & 18 000m of ascent, including 1 individual time trial, over the 10 day’s of racing.
It was a tough decision for Team Qhubeka Continental to only select 5 of our 11 talented riders, but are delighted to have South African champion Marc Pritzen headlining the team together with Antonio Puppio, Luca Coati, Kevin Bolnado and Henok Mulubrhan.
Looking back at the former Team Qhubeka continental development team riders to have raced the u23 Giro d’Italia, like Nicholas Dlamini, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Stefan de Bod, Samuele Battistella, Matteo Sobrero, Alexander Konychev & Connor Brown, it is safe to say the u23 grand tour is a pivotal stepping stone in these young riders careers.
“The u/23 Giro is a race that I’ve wanted to do since the first time I heard about it. Also, being on the feeder team to the team that has had such a successful 2021 Giro d’Italia, winning 3 stages, it definitely gives us a lot of motivation coming into this tour. We have a strong team and we will try to follow in our World Tour teams footsteps.”Marc Pritzen, South African elite & u23 road race champion