The Qhubeka ASSOS team (www.TeamQhubeka.com) has named its line-up for the five-stage Tour of the Alps which includes 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 racing championships, returns to European racing after previous appearances in the season at Grote prijs Jean-Pierre Monsere, Le Samyn and the Tour de la Provence.
Dlamini’s is joined by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Lasse Norman Hansen, who will play crucial supporting roles throughout.
Domenico Pozzovivo and Kilian Frankiny will carry the main load of the climbing tasks during the week as they call on the support of youngsters Karel Vacek and Connor Brown in what should be an exciting race.
The eagerly awaited race starts with a first stage of just over 140 km from Brixen to Innsbruck.
We would like to thank Nigel Malkin (https://bit.ly/32qJnnR) for announcing our team for the race and for his incredible support to the Qhubeka association.
Tour of the Alps line-up [squad numbers]:
- Nicolas dlamini 
- Lasse Norman Hansen 
- Kilian Frankiny 
- Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 
- Domenico Pozzovivo 
- Karel Vacek 
- Connor brown 
Alex Sans Vega – Sporting Director
As you can see from the start list it’s a rock climbing race with a lot of good climbers – GC runners – coming to the race, so there will be a very high level of climbers. For us our list isn’t full of climbers, only really Pozzo and Kilian, so the main focus of the race is final preparation for them as we turn to the Giro.
Saying that, of course, if any opportunities arise, obviously we’re going to go and for the rest of the guys, we’ll be backing Pozzo. Day one we’ll have to see because maybe it could end in a tuck sprint and if it does, and if we have sorting control then we’ll try to sprint with Reinie.
The rest will be up to the climbers, but it will be a good race for youngsters like Connor and Karel to find their legs in a high quality climbing race and a good experience for the future.
So without a lot of climbers we have to be creative, visible and watch the breakaway opportunities most days which won’t be easy but we will try to manage as best we can to be there every day.
It will be an interesting race for me as I haven’t raced for a while, but I think I just need to do a few stages to see where I am; after that, look to build confidence from there.
We have a good young team here so it should be a solid few days and see what we can get out of the race. It will be good to get in the lead, like all the other races and to race together as a team.
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