Connect with us

UCI

  •  The Qhubeka ASSOS team www TeamQhubeka com the only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team in Africa is pleased to announce that AFEX will be partnering with the team as their official global FX partner AFEX is a leader in global payments and risk management and joins the growing portfolio of premium brands that support the Qhubeka ASSOS team in its aspirations at the top of cycling We are delighted to be the official global currency partner of the Qhubeka Assos team and to help the team better manage its currency exposures said Wayne Mitchell CEO EMEA AFEX AFEX is deeply committed to sport around the world and the team s charitable mission to support the manufacture and distribution of bicycles in Africa is an inspiration We are proud to expand our lineup in the sport in this way especially in tough times We hope to achieve great things together The Qhubeka ASSOS team competes in approximately 70 races around the world spanning 270 racing days including the Tour de France the Giro d Italia and the Vuelta a Espana along with the five monuments of cycling major one day races and in stages Douglas Ryder Founder and Director of Team Qhubeka ASSOS said Having AFEX linked with us and potentially our partner network is fantastic Its personalized service dedicated account management and global presence truly help companies navigate safely through increased uncertainty and volatility in global markets We share beliefs about creating positive change through sport and the inherent power it has to do good and we hope to do it together
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS partners with AFEX
     The Qhubeka ASSOS team www TeamQhubeka com the only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team in Africa is pleased to announce that AFEX will be partnering with the team as their official global FX partner AFEX is a leader in global payments and risk management and joins the growing portfolio of premium brands that support the Qhubeka ASSOS team in its aspirations at the top of cycling We are delighted to be the official global currency partner of the Qhubeka Assos team and to help the team better manage its currency exposures said Wayne Mitchell CEO EMEA AFEX AFEX is deeply committed to sport around the world and the team s charitable mission to support the manufacture and distribution of bicycles in Africa is an inspiration We are proud to expand our lineup in the sport in this way especially in tough times We hope to achieve great things together The Qhubeka ASSOS team competes in approximately 70 races around the world spanning 270 racing days including the Tour de France the Giro d Italia and the Vuelta a Espana along with the five monuments of cycling major one day races and in stages Douglas Ryder Founder and Director of Team Qhubeka ASSOS said Having AFEX linked with us and potentially our partner network is fantastic Its personalized service dedicated account management and global presence truly help companies navigate safely through increased uncertainty and volatility in global markets We share beliefs about creating positive change through sport and the inherent power it has to do good and we hope to do it together
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS partners with AFEX
    Africa2 years ago

    Team Qhubeka ASSOS partners with AFEX


    The Qhubeka ASSOS team (www.TeamQhubeka.com), the only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team in Africa, is pleased to announce that AFEX will be partnering with the team as their official global FX partner.

    AFEX is a leader in global payments and risk management and joins the growing portfolio of premium brands that support the Qhubeka ASSOS team in its aspirations at the top of cycling.

    "We are delighted to be the official global currency partner of the Qhubeka Assos team and to help the team better manage its currency exposures," said Wayne Mitchell, CEO EMEA, AFEX.

    “AFEX is deeply committed to sport around the world and the team's charitable mission to support the manufacture and distribution of bicycles in Africa is an inspiration. We are proud to expand our lineup in the sport in this way, especially in tough times. We hope to achieve great things together. ”

    The Qhubeka ASSOS team competes in approximately 70 races around the world spanning 270 racing days, including the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana along with the five monuments of cycling, major one-day races and in stages.

    Douglas Ryder, Founder and Director of Team Qhubeka ASSOS said: “Having AFEX linked with us and potentially our partner network is fantastic. Its personalized service, dedicated account management, and global presence truly help companies navigate safely through increased uncertainty and volatility in global markets.

    “We share beliefs about creating positive change through sport and the inherent power it has to do good; and we hope to do it together. "

  •  The Qhubeka ASSOS team www TeamQhubeka com is pleased to confirm the appointment of the lead food scientist Dr Samefko Ludidi as the team s official nutrition consultant for the upcoming season Although high performance endurance sports especially cycling are often seen as something that has a lot to do with precision work and calculating food portions down to the milligram the Qhubeka ASSOS team will seek to highlight a different approach in your nutrition strategy a more humane one Under the leadership of Dr Ludidi the nutrition policy of the entire team will be optimized in the coming months Known for his realistic and humane approach to food not counting calories or nutrients and paying much more attention to the social aspects of food such as the taste and deliciousness of food Ludidi breaks with strict scientific and calculated norms Beta approach currently prevalent in many elite sports settings Douglas Ryder Team Principal The world we work in is demanding and athletes experience a lot of pressure from all sides The current food trend in cycling contributes to this Athletes are measured from A to Z both under controlled conditions in the laboratory and now also live in the field This ranges from measuring wattages to blood sugar values to the composition and amount of everything cyclists eat and drink There is so much emphasis on performance and performance optimization that sometimes we get lost in numbers and treat people almost like robots That is not always favorable for the drivers and their performance and that does not fit in with our Ubuntu philosophy which focuses very heavily on the human factor We are therefore pleased that we are now joining forces with Dr Ludidi and his team As the only UCI registered WorldTour team from Africa the collaboration with Ludidi is not entirely coincidental he has South African roots as the son of a South African In the long term joining forces will not only serve the world of professional cycling but also the cycling community at large as well as society at large Dr Ludidi With every new strategy and technology that is implemented a lot of new insights emerge We believe that it is important that the knowledge we generate and that we can prove is made accessible to the outside world We are paid to compete at the highest level in perhaps the most beautiful sport in the world so I think it is our duty to our fans that we share everything we learn there in the world of cycling with the rest of the world So that anyone can benefit from it both as an amateur or recreational athlete as well as as a person After all health is something that affects us all The arrival of Dr Ludidi to Team Qhubeka ASSOS also offers opportunities for the educational branch of Qhubeka Charity which uses the bicycle to facilitate better living learning and working conditions and health Ludidi will be assisted in his work by Daan Hoogervorst who is responsible for establishing national nutritional guidelines for sports diets in the Netherlands
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS combines nutritional science with a human touch to enable optimized performance
     The Qhubeka ASSOS team www TeamQhubeka com is pleased to confirm the appointment of the lead food scientist Dr Samefko Ludidi as the team s official nutrition consultant for the upcoming season Although high performance endurance sports especially cycling are often seen as something that has a lot to do with precision work and calculating food portions down to the milligram the Qhubeka ASSOS team will seek to highlight a different approach in your nutrition strategy a more humane one Under the leadership of Dr Ludidi the nutrition policy of the entire team will be optimized in the coming months Known for his realistic and humane approach to food not counting calories or nutrients and paying much more attention to the social aspects of food such as the taste and deliciousness of food Ludidi breaks with strict scientific and calculated norms Beta approach currently prevalent in many elite sports settings Douglas Ryder Team Principal The world we work in is demanding and athletes experience a lot of pressure from all sides The current food trend in cycling contributes to this Athletes are measured from A to Z both under controlled conditions in the laboratory and now also live in the field This ranges from measuring wattages to blood sugar values to the composition and amount of everything cyclists eat and drink There is so much emphasis on performance and performance optimization that sometimes we get lost in numbers and treat people almost like robots That is not always favorable for the drivers and their performance and that does not fit in with our Ubuntu philosophy which focuses very heavily on the human factor We are therefore pleased that we are now joining forces with Dr Ludidi and his team As the only UCI registered WorldTour team from Africa the collaboration with Ludidi is not entirely coincidental he has South African roots as the son of a South African In the long term joining forces will not only serve the world of professional cycling but also the cycling community at large as well as society at large Dr Ludidi With every new strategy and technology that is implemented a lot of new insights emerge We believe that it is important that the knowledge we generate and that we can prove is made accessible to the outside world We are paid to compete at the highest level in perhaps the most beautiful sport in the world so I think it is our duty to our fans that we share everything we learn there in the world of cycling with the rest of the world So that anyone can benefit from it both as an amateur or recreational athlete as well as as a person After all health is something that affects us all The arrival of Dr Ludidi to Team Qhubeka ASSOS also offers opportunities for the educational branch of Qhubeka Charity which uses the bicycle to facilitate better living learning and working conditions and health Ludidi will be assisted in his work by Daan Hoogervorst who is responsible for establishing national nutritional guidelines for sports diets in the Netherlands
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS combines nutritional science with a human touch to enable optimized performance
    Africa2 years ago

    Team Qhubeka ASSOS combines nutritional science with a human touch to enable optimized performance


    The Qhubeka ASSOS team (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is pleased to confirm the appointment of the lead food scientist, Dr. Samefko Ludidi, as the team's official nutrition consultant for the upcoming season.

    Although high-performance endurance sports, especially cycling, are often seen as something that has a lot to do with precision work and calculating food portions down to the milligram, the Qhubeka ASSOS team will seek to highlight a different approach in your nutrition strategy: a more humane one.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Ludidi, the nutrition policy of the entire team will be optimized in the coming months. Known for his realistic and humane approach to food (not counting calories or nutrients and paying much more attention to the social aspects of food, such as the taste and deliciousness of food), Ludidi breaks with strict scientific and calculated norms . 'Beta' approach currently prevalent in many elite sports settings.

    Douglas Ryder, Team Principal: “The world we work in is demanding and athletes experience a lot of pressure from all sides. The current food trend in cycling contributes to this. Athletes are measured from A to Z, both under controlled conditions in the laboratory, and now also "live" in the field. This ranges from measuring wattages to blood sugar values ​​to the composition and amount of everything cyclists eat and drink. There is so much emphasis on performance and performance optimization that sometimes we get lost in numbers and treat people almost like robots. That is not always favorable for the drivers and their performance and that does not fit in with our Ubuntu philosophy, which focuses very heavily on the human factor. We are therefore pleased that we are now joining forces with Dr. Ludidi and his team. "

    As the only UCI-registered WorldTour team from Africa, the collaboration with Ludidi is not entirely coincidental: he has South African roots, as the son of a South African. In the long term, joining forces will not only serve the world of professional cycling, but also the cycling community at large, as well as society at large.

    Dr. Ludidi: “With every new strategy and technology that is implemented, a lot of new insights emerge. We believe that it is important that the knowledge we generate and that we can prove is made accessible to the outside world. We are paid to compete at the highest level in perhaps the most beautiful sport in the world, so I think it is our duty to our fans that we share everything we learn there in the world of cycling with the rest of the world. So that anyone can benefit from it, both as an amateur or recreational athlete, as well as as a person. After all, health is something that affects us all ”.

    The arrival of Dr. Ludidi to Team Qhubeka ASSOS also offers opportunities for the educational branch of Qhubeka Charity, which uses the bicycle to facilitate better living, learning and working conditions and health.

    Ludidi will be assisted in his work by Daan Hoogervorst, who is responsible for establishing national nutritional guidelines for sports diets in the Netherlands.

  •  Every morning when the Ethiopian road race champion Negasi Haylu Abreha wakes up he has no idea whether his family are alive He has no way of being able to call home or message them immediately to check The 20 year old Team Qhubeka UCI Continental team rider is currently living in a shared apartment in Lucca Italy now anxiously waiting for the cycling season to come around again But he really just wants to see his family Why Negasi who in 2021 will ride his second year with the Team Qhubeka Continental team is from Mek rsquo ele the main town in the region of Tigray Ethiopia It rsquo s a region that rsquo s seen conflict arise between national government forces and the region rsquo s ruling party following an outbreak of hostilities in early November It rsquo s a situation that rsquo s continued unabated which nbsp at the time of writing has seen the United Nations declare its concern over a potential humanitarian crisis in the region This conflict arose on 4 November 2020 the exact same date that Negasi travelled from Bologna to Rome after the conclusion of racing for the season for the NTT Continental cycling team He was returning home to his family after his first full season with the team having shown tremendous promise Once in Rome he was set to catch a flight to Addis Ababa and then an onward connection to Mek rsquo ele After arriving and waiting to board his flight he received a phone call from Team Manager Kevin Campbell who had been at home scrolling through the news feed on his phone and taken note of the reported tensions arising in northern Ethiopia After further investigation and attempting to contact the Ethiopian embassy to get clarity on the current situation it was clear that the people from the region of Tigray were to be cautious as all domestic flights to the region were cancelled immediately If Negasi had boarded his flight he would have been stranded in Addis Ababa and there was major concern that his safety could be at great risk It was agreed that it would be better to wait until there was more information regarding the situation and only return home when safe to do so This decision created an immediate situation at the airport as Negasi 039 s luggage had already been loaded onto the Addis Ababa bound flight and required one of our team rsquo s staff members Martina Alessandri explaining the situation to airport officials over the phone The youngster then opted to sleep in the airport hoping to get onto the first flight back to Bologna however as the ticket office only opened after 6am he eventually was only able to return later that afternoon Negasi returned to the team house in Lucca alone as all of his teammates had already left for home and stayed until the end of the month at which point the rental agreement for the premises came to an end With the situation over a return home to Ethiopia still unclear he moved indefinitely into the apartment of another staff member Damian Murphy until there was an option for him to be hopefully be reunited with his family That has never happened so he will wait now until early March when the team house is available again to join his Continental teammates for the start of their 2021 season His hopes of a return home on hold indefinitely In his own words It is very difficult to stay in touch with my family because all the network coverage in Tigray has been shut off I am sometimes able to call my mom on a Sunday We keep the calls very very short It is usually Hello Negasi we are okay everyone is fine and we love you Ciao My mother told me to never ask more about the situation over the phone out of fear for their safety nbsp nbsp I am very scared for my family and friends I only see pictures of what might be on social media or what people send me I know the places in the pictures from my home region and I can see the death destruction and poverty happening there now nbsp For sure it 039 s difficult for me at the moment I have stress for my family but also I am very grateful and happy because I have people around me from the team that are helping me a lot The team give me a place to stay provide all my food and make sure I am always able to train I am still motivated to train because I know If I can be successful I can help my family more I am very happy to be in this team They are like family to me now Kevin Martina Oksana Damian everyone they all help me a lot The team has provided me with a big opportunity nbsp If I wasn rsquo t a bike rider I would be in Ethiopia now where it would be dangerous and a very difficult life In my region and hometown many people are dying every day Maybe it is between 500 700 people who are dying every day There is no food or water they have closed everything There are no shops and businesses open My parents can do nothing My brother is older than me he is a hairdresser but he cannot work now I have three younger sisters normally they should be in school but all the schools are closed With the help of a friend I was able to send them some money last year But for now they all do nothing they just survive
    Negasi Haylu Abreha: The rider who can't go home
     Every morning when the Ethiopian road race champion Negasi Haylu Abreha wakes up he has no idea whether his family are alive He has no way of being able to call home or message them immediately to check The 20 year old Team Qhubeka UCI Continental team rider is currently living in a shared apartment in Lucca Italy now anxiously waiting for the cycling season to come around again But he really just wants to see his family Why Negasi who in 2021 will ride his second year with the Team Qhubeka Continental team is from Mek rsquo ele the main town in the region of Tigray Ethiopia It rsquo s a region that rsquo s seen conflict arise between national government forces and the region rsquo s ruling party following an outbreak of hostilities in early November It rsquo s a situation that rsquo s continued unabated which nbsp at the time of writing has seen the United Nations declare its concern over a potential humanitarian crisis in the region This conflict arose on 4 November 2020 the exact same date that Negasi travelled from Bologna to Rome after the conclusion of racing for the season for the NTT Continental cycling team He was returning home to his family after his first full season with the team having shown tremendous promise Once in Rome he was set to catch a flight to Addis Ababa and then an onward connection to Mek rsquo ele After arriving and waiting to board his flight he received a phone call from Team Manager Kevin Campbell who had been at home scrolling through the news feed on his phone and taken note of the reported tensions arising in northern Ethiopia After further investigation and attempting to contact the Ethiopian embassy to get clarity on the current situation it was clear that the people from the region of Tigray were to be cautious as all domestic flights to the region were cancelled immediately If Negasi had boarded his flight he would have been stranded in Addis Ababa and there was major concern that his safety could be at great risk It was agreed that it would be better to wait until there was more information regarding the situation and only return home when safe to do so This decision created an immediate situation at the airport as Negasi 039 s luggage had already been loaded onto the Addis Ababa bound flight and required one of our team rsquo s staff members Martina Alessandri explaining the situation to airport officials over the phone The youngster then opted to sleep in the airport hoping to get onto the first flight back to Bologna however as the ticket office only opened after 6am he eventually was only able to return later that afternoon Negasi returned to the team house in Lucca alone as all of his teammates had already left for home and stayed until the end of the month at which point the rental agreement for the premises came to an end With the situation over a return home to Ethiopia still unclear he moved indefinitely into the apartment of another staff member Damian Murphy until there was an option for him to be hopefully be reunited with his family That has never happened so he will wait now until early March when the team house is available again to join his Continental teammates for the start of their 2021 season His hopes of a return home on hold indefinitely In his own words It is very difficult to stay in touch with my family because all the network coverage in Tigray has been shut off I am sometimes able to call my mom on a Sunday We keep the calls very very short It is usually Hello Negasi we are okay everyone is fine and we love you Ciao My mother told me to never ask more about the situation over the phone out of fear for their safety nbsp nbsp I am very scared for my family and friends I only see pictures of what might be on social media or what people send me I know the places in the pictures from my home region and I can see the death destruction and poverty happening there now nbsp For sure it 039 s difficult for me at the moment I have stress for my family but also I am very grateful and happy because I have people around me from the team that are helping me a lot The team give me a place to stay provide all my food and make sure I am always able to train I am still motivated to train because I know If I can be successful I can help my family more I am very happy to be in this team They are like family to me now Kevin Martina Oksana Damian everyone they all help me a lot The team has provided me with a big opportunity nbsp If I wasn rsquo t a bike rider I would be in Ethiopia now where it would be dangerous and a very difficult life In my region and hometown many people are dying every day Maybe it is between 500 700 people who are dying every day There is no food or water they have closed everything There are no shops and businesses open My parents can do nothing My brother is older than me he is a hairdresser but he cannot work now I have three younger sisters normally they should be in school but all the schools are closed With the help of a friend I was able to send them some money last year But for now they all do nothing they just survive
    Negasi Haylu Abreha: The rider who can't go home
    Africa2 years ago

    Negasi Haylu Abreha: The rider who can't go home


    Every morning when the Ethiopian road race champion, Negasi Haylu Abreha, wakes up he has no idea whether his family are alive. He has no way of being able to call home or message them immediately to check.

    The 20-year-old Team Qhubeka (UCI Continental team) rider is currently living in a shared apartment in Lucca, Italy, now anxiously waiting for the cycling season to come around again. But he really just wants to see his family.

    Why?

    Negasi, who in 2021 will ride his second year with the Team Qhubeka Continental team, is from Mek’ele, the main town in the region of Tigray, Ethiopia. It’s a region that’s seen conflict arise between national government forces and the region’s ruling party, following an outbreak of hostilities in early November. It’s a situation that’s continued unabated, which at the time of writing has seen the United Nations declare its concern over a potential humanitarian crisis in the region.

    This conflict arose on 4 November 2020, the exact same date that Negasi travelled from Bologna to Rome after the conclusion of racing for the season for the NTT Continental cycling team. He was returning home to his family after his first full season with the team having shown tremendous promise.

    Once in Rome he was set to catch a flight to Addis Ababa and then an onward connection to Mek’ele. After arriving and waiting to board his flight he received a phone call from Team Manager Kevin Campbell, who had been at home scrolling through the news feed on his phone and taken note of the reported tensions arising in northern Ethiopia.

    After further investigation and attempting to contact the Ethiopian embassy to get clarity on the current situation, it was clear that the people from the region of Tigray were to be cautious as all domestic flights to the region were cancelled immediately. If Negasi had boarded his flight he would have been stranded in Addis Ababa and there was major concern that his safety could be at great risk. It was agreed that it would be better to wait until there was more information regarding the situation, and only return home when safe to do so.

    This decision created an immediate situation at the airport as Negasi's luggage had already been loaded onto the Addis Ababa-bound flight and required one of our team’s staff members, Martina Alessandri, explaining the situation to airport officials over the phone. The youngster then opted to sleep in the airport, hoping to get onto the first flight back to Bologna; however, as the ticket office only opened after 6am he eventually was only able to return later that afternoon.

    Negasi returned to the team house in Lucca, alone, as all of his teammates had already left for home, and stayed until the end of the month, at which point the rental agreement for the premises came to an end. With the situation over a return home to Ethiopia still unclear he moved indefinitely into the apartment of another staff member, Damian Murphy, until there was an option for him to be hopefully be reunited with his family.

    That has never happened so he will wait now until early March when the team house is available again to join his Continental teammates for the start of their 2021 season. His hopes of a return home on hold, indefinitely.

    In his own words

    It is very difficult (to stay in touch with my family) because all the network coverage in Tigray has been shut off. I am sometimes able to call my mom on a Sunday. We keep the calls very, very short. It is usually "Hello Negasi, we are okay, everyone is fine and we love you. Ciao." My mother told me to never ask more about the situation over the phone out of fear for their safety.  

    I am very scared for my family and friends. I only see pictures of what might be on social media or what people send me. I know the places in the pictures from my home region, and I can see the death, destruction and poverty happening there now. 

    For sure it's difficult (for me at the moment). I have stress for my family but also, I am very grateful and happy because I have people around me from the team that are helping me a lot. The team give me a place to stay, provide all my food and make sure I am always able to train. I am still motivated to train because I know If I can be successful, I can help my family more.

    I am very happy to be in this team. They are like family to me now: Kevin, Martina, Oksana, Damian - everyone, they all help me a lot. The team has provided me with a big opportunity. 

    If I wasn’t a bike rider I would be in Ethiopia now where it would be dangerous and a very difficult life. In my region and hometown many people are dying every day. Maybe it is between 500 - 700 people who are dying every day.

    There is no food or water, they have closed everything. There are no shops and businesses open. My parents can do nothing. My brother is older than me, he is a hairdresser but he cannot work now. I have three younger sisters, normally they should be in school, but all the schools are closed. With the help of a friend I was able to send them some money last year.

    But for now they all do nothing, they just survive.

  •  Team Qhubeka Assos www TeamQhubeka com put in credible performance in its opening race of the season the Etoile de Besseges European champion Giacomo Nizzolo placed 4th amp 3rd on stages 1 amp 2 respectively Michael Gogl then infiltrated the race defining breakaway on stage 3 taking 9th on the stage and moved into overall GC contention Yesterday an untimely puncture for Gogl put Team Qhubeka Assos on the back foot during the 4th stage but a good team effort allowed Gogl to limit his losses and held onto 10th overall going into the final 11km time trial stage The final race against the clock had riders take on a mostly flat 8km stretch before ending with a sharp 3km climb to the top of Al egrave s Gogl the 10th last rider off put in a fine performance to stop the clock in 15 minutes and 55 seconds This result had Gogl climbing up 4 spots on the overall general classification finishing in 6th place on GC A positive result for Team Qhubeka Assos in its debut race of 2021 The Tour de la Provence is the next race on the teams calendar and will get underway this coming Thursday Michael Gogl Team Qhubeka Assos I am very happy with my performance in the TT today and moving up to 6th place in the GC It was a tough final stage with that ramp up the finish where you just needed to go as deep as you could I can take this race as a good indication that my preparations over the winter were correct and went well A big thanks to all of the riders and staff they were excellent this week and I thoroughly enjoyed being back racing Now I am looking forward to the next race Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit Getty Sport in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Michael Gogl races to strong 6th place overall at Etoile de Besseges
     Team Qhubeka Assos www TeamQhubeka com put in credible performance in its opening race of the season the Etoile de Besseges European champion Giacomo Nizzolo placed 4th amp 3rd on stages 1 amp 2 respectively Michael Gogl then infiltrated the race defining breakaway on stage 3 taking 9th on the stage and moved into overall GC contention Yesterday an untimely puncture for Gogl put Team Qhubeka Assos on the back foot during the 4th stage but a good team effort allowed Gogl to limit his losses and held onto 10th overall going into the final 11km time trial stage The final race against the clock had riders take on a mostly flat 8km stretch before ending with a sharp 3km climb to the top of Al egrave s Gogl the 10th last rider off put in a fine performance to stop the clock in 15 minutes and 55 seconds This result had Gogl climbing up 4 spots on the overall general classification finishing in 6th place on GC A positive result for Team Qhubeka Assos in its debut race of 2021 The Tour de la Provence is the next race on the teams calendar and will get underway this coming Thursday Michael Gogl Team Qhubeka Assos I am very happy with my performance in the TT today and moving up to 6th place in the GC It was a tough final stage with that ramp up the finish where you just needed to go as deep as you could I can take this race as a good indication that my preparations over the winter were correct and went well A big thanks to all of the riders and staff they were excellent this week and I thoroughly enjoyed being back racing Now I am looking forward to the next race Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit Getty Sport in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Michael Gogl races to strong 6th place overall at Etoile de Besseges
    Africa2 years ago

    Michael Gogl races to strong 6th place overall at Etoile de Besseges


    Team Qhubeka Assos (www.TeamQhubeka.com) put in credible performance in its opening race of the season, the Etoile de Besseges. European champion Giacomo Nizzolo placed 4th & 3rd on stages 1 & 2, respectively. Michael Gogl then infiltrated the race defining breakaway on stage 3, taking 9th on the stage and moved into overall GC contention.

    Yesterday, an untimely puncture for Gogl put Team Qhubeka Assos on the back foot during the 4th stage, but a good team effort allowed Gogl to limit his losses and held onto 10th overall going into the final 11km time trial stage.

    The final race against the clock had riders take on a mostly flat 8km stretch, before ending with a sharp 3km climb to the top of Alès. Gogl, the 10th last rider off, put in a fine performance to stop the clock in 15 minutes and 55 seconds.

    This result had Gogl climbing up 4 spots on the overall general classification, finishing in 6th place on GC. A positive result for Team Qhubeka Assos in its debut race of 2021.

    The Tour de la Provence is the next race on the teams calendar, and will get underway this coming Thursday.

    Michael Gogl - Team Qhubeka Assos
    I am very happy with my performance in the TT today and moving up to 6th place in the GC. It was a tough final stage with that ramp up the finish where you just needed to go as deep as you could. I can take this race as a good indication that my preparations over the winter were correct and went well.

    A big thanks to all of the riders and staff, they were excellent this week and I thoroughly enjoyed being back racing. Now I am looking forward to the next race.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    Media Contact:
    Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +27 63 4701 1710 or +31 625 739 033

    About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

    We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

    We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.

    We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.

    About Qhubeka:
    Qhubeka (www.Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

    A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

    All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit, Getty Sport, in combination to this release.


    Media files

    Download logo

  •  Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com founder and Team Principal Doug Ryder says that he was ldquo very emotional rdquo watching the team race for the first time in 2021 during the opening stages of Eacute toile de Bess egrave ges in France Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling is Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team and came very close to closing down at the end of 2020 after struggling to find a title sponsorship amidst the global Covid 19 pandemic The end of the team would have ended the main pathway for riders from Africa hoping to ride in the pro peloton and also bring the curtain down on Ryder rsquo s dream just five years after gaining access to cycling rsquo s highest level ldquo Watching the team on the road in our first race of 2021 was gratifying as there were so many times towards the end of last year and in the last three months in particular that we didn rsquo t think that we would exist in 2021 ldquo To see Team Qhubeka ASSOS standing on the team presentation podium in our black and white ASSOS strip with the neon hand and details on the kit was incredible and very emotional We rsquo ve always dreamed of having a team called ldquo Qhubeka rdquo in the peloton and to see it come to life this season is incredible and the next step in our journey Thank you to all of our partners for making that happen we are very proud rdquo The opening stage of the race saw the European and Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo fight for a strong fourth place which he then followed up with an excellent third nbsp in a crash marred second stage ldquo The team performed so well and this speaks to our value system and culture of ldquo Ubuntu rdquo ndash that we cannot exist in isolation ndash I am because we are A team of riders is made up of brilliant individuals and when they come together with a plan you can make magic happen and to see the team commit to each other and bring Giacomo to the podium already in our first race in our first race for 2021 was really beautiful to see ldquo It just shows how hard this team has worked and how committed they are to each other to Qhubeka and to our goals as a team That does bode well for the strong season that we plan to embark on this year with all the challenges that it faces from a human perspective the travelling the logistical and the events The UCI as the governing body of the sport and all of us as teams are working really hard to support each other to make it happen ldquo We believe that our team will motivate others and give hope and opportunity to people and continue to create social mobility across the African continent So the year ahead for Team Qhubeka ASSOS is exciting and we are so pleased to be on the road We thank our fans for their engagement our current partners for their involvement and we look forward to bringing many new partners into this team as we continue to make an impact that really matters to those in need rdquo Ryder concluded Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Doug Ryder: “Emotional” to see Team Qhubeka ASSOS on the start line
     Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com founder and Team Principal Doug Ryder says that he was ldquo very emotional rdquo watching the team race for the first time in 2021 during the opening stages of Eacute toile de Bess egrave ges in France Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling is Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team and came very close to closing down at the end of 2020 after struggling to find a title sponsorship amidst the global Covid 19 pandemic The end of the team would have ended the main pathway for riders from Africa hoping to ride in the pro peloton and also bring the curtain down on Ryder rsquo s dream just five years after gaining access to cycling rsquo s highest level ldquo Watching the team on the road in our first race of 2021 was gratifying as there were so many times towards the end of last year and in the last three months in particular that we didn rsquo t think that we would exist in 2021 ldquo To see Team Qhubeka ASSOS standing on the team presentation podium in our black and white ASSOS strip with the neon hand and details on the kit was incredible and very emotional We rsquo ve always dreamed of having a team called ldquo Qhubeka rdquo in the peloton and to see it come to life this season is incredible and the next step in our journey Thank you to all of our partners for making that happen we are very proud rdquo The opening stage of the race saw the European and Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo fight for a strong fourth place which he then followed up with an excellent third nbsp in a crash marred second stage ldquo The team performed so well and this speaks to our value system and culture of ldquo Ubuntu rdquo ndash that we cannot exist in isolation ndash I am because we are A team of riders is made up of brilliant individuals and when they come together with a plan you can make magic happen and to see the team commit to each other and bring Giacomo to the podium already in our first race in our first race for 2021 was really beautiful to see ldquo It just shows how hard this team has worked and how committed they are to each other to Qhubeka and to our goals as a team That does bode well for the strong season that we plan to embark on this year with all the challenges that it faces from a human perspective the travelling the logistical and the events The UCI as the governing body of the sport and all of us as teams are working really hard to support each other to make it happen ldquo We believe that our team will motivate others and give hope and opportunity to people and continue to create social mobility across the African continent So the year ahead for Team Qhubeka ASSOS is exciting and we are so pleased to be on the road We thank our fans for their engagement our current partners for their involvement and we look forward to bringing many new partners into this team as we continue to make an impact that really matters to those in need rdquo Ryder concluded Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Doug Ryder: “Emotional” to see Team Qhubeka ASSOS on the start line
    Africa2 years ago

    Doug Ryder: “Emotional” to see Team Qhubeka ASSOS on the start line


    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) founder and Team Principal, Doug Ryder, says that he was “very emotional” watching the team race for the first time in 2021, during the opening stages of Étoile de Bessèges, in France.

    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) is Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour cycling team and came very close to closing down at the end of 2020, after struggling to find a title sponsorship amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    The end of the team would have ended the main pathway for riders from Africa hoping to ride in the pro peloton, and also bring the curtain down on Ryder’s dream, just five years after gaining access to cycling’s highest level.

    “Watching the team on the road in our first race of 2021 was gratifying as there were so many times towards the end of last year, and in the last three months in particular, that we didn’t think that we would exist in 2021.

    “To see Team Qhubeka ASSOS standing on the team presentation podium in our black and white ASSOS strip with the neon hand and details on the kit was incredible, and very emotional. We’ve always dreamed of having a team called “Qhubeka” in the peloton and to see it come to life this season is incredible and the next step in our journey. Thank you to all of our partners for making that happen, we are very proud.”

    The opening stage of the race saw the European and Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo fight for a strong fourth place which he then followed up with an excellent third in a crash-marred second stage.

    “The team performed so well and this speaks to our value system and culture of “Ubuntu” – that we cannot exist in isolation – I am because we are. A team of riders is made up of brilliant individuals and when they come together with a plan you can make magic happen; and to see the team commit to each other and bring Giacomo to the podium already in our first race in our first race for 2021, was really beautiful to see.

    “It just shows how hard this team has worked and how committed they are to each other, to Qhubeka and to our goals as a team. That does bode well for the strong season that we plan to embark on this year with all the challenges that it faces from a human perspective, the travelling, the logistical and the events. The UCI as the governing body of the sport and all of us as teams are working really hard to support each other to make it happen.

    “We believe that our team will motivate others and give hope and opportunity to people and continue to create social mobility across the African continent.

    "So the year ahead for Team Qhubeka ASSOS is exciting and we are so pleased to be on the road. We thank our fans for their engagement, our current partners for their involvement and we look forward to bringing many new partners into this team as we continue to make an impact that really matters to those in need,” Ryder concluded.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    Media Contact:
    Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +27 63 4701 1710 or +31 625 739 033

    About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

    We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

    We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.

    We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.

    About Qhubeka:
    Qhubeka (www.Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

    A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

    All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release.


    Media files

    Download logo

  •  The European and Italian champion hit the front early on the uphill drag to the finish for Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com as a result of a slew of crashes before being beaten on the line by Timothy Dupont Bingoal Wallonie Bruxelles and Pierre Barbier Delko This result follows on from Nizzolo finishing fourth on the opening stage of the race and now sees him 6th on the general classification Ahead of the start of the second stage Andreas Stokbro was ruled out as he was still suffering from the crash he went down on nbsp in stage one Giacomo Nizzolo I feel okay obviously I 039 d like to win but I think perhaps we actually ended up doing the roundabout a bit too fast and then were at the front for too long and I had to start the sprint early It was a long way to the line especially as it was going slowly uphill but third place is not too bad and I think we can be confident for tomorrow Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo sprints to 3rd in chaotic stage 2 of Etoile de Besseges
     The European and Italian champion hit the front early on the uphill drag to the finish for Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com as a result of a slew of crashes before being beaten on the line by Timothy Dupont Bingoal Wallonie Bruxelles and Pierre Barbier Delko This result follows on from Nizzolo finishing fourth on the opening stage of the race and now sees him 6th on the general classification Ahead of the start of the second stage Andreas Stokbro was ruled out as he was still suffering from the crash he went down on nbsp in stage one Giacomo Nizzolo I feel okay obviously I 039 d like to win but I think perhaps we actually ended up doing the roundabout a bit too fast and then were at the front for too long and I had to start the sprint early It was a long way to the line especially as it was going slowly uphill but third place is not too bad and I think we can be confident for tomorrow Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo sprints to 3rd in chaotic stage 2 of Etoile de Besseges
    Africa2 years ago

    Nizzolo sprints to 3rd in chaotic stage 2 of Etoile de Besseges


    The European and Italian champion hit the front early on the uphill drag to the finish for Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) as a result of a slew of crashes, before being beaten on the line by Timothy Dupont (Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles) and Pierre Barbier (Delko).

    This result follows on from Nizzolo finishing fourth on the opening stage of the race and now sees him 6th on the general classification.

    Ahead of the start of the second stage Andreas Stokbro was ruled out as he was still suffering from the crash he went down on in stage one.

    Giacomo Nizzolo
    I feel okay, obviously I'd like to win but I think perhaps we actually ended up doing the roundabout a bit too fast and then were at the front for too long and I had to start the sprint early.

    It was a long way to the line, especially as it was going slowly uphill but third place is not too bad and I think we can be confident for tomorrow.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    Media Contact:
    Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +27 63 4701 1710 or +31 625 739 033

    About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

    We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

    We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.

    We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.

    About Qhubeka:
    Qhubeka (www.Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

    A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

    All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release.


    Media files

    Download logo

  •  The 32 year old Italian benefitted from excellent teamwork throughout the day with the single goal of positioning Nizzolo perfectly ahead of the final steep climb to the line in Bellegarde It was Christophe Laporte Cofidis and Nacer Bouhanni Arkea Samsic who nbsp eventually fought it out for line honours with the former taking victory Nizzolo showed some excellent early season form and was just shaded by former world champion Mads Pedersen as they were fastest among the group two seconds adrift of the winners Lukasz Wisniowski Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke were key throughout nbsp and in particular when Andreas Stokbro Matteo Pelucchi and Sean Bennett were caught up in a crash with 6km to go All three were able to ride to the finish line and were checked over by our team doctor who will continue to monitor them overnight Giacomo Nizzolo I feel good I definitely didn rsquo t think that I would have such good legs because of the preparation but in the end I was well placed and I maybe spent a little bit too much to get in place at the bottom of the climb I didn rsquo t have the confidence to go too early but in the end I manged to be top five and I rsquo m looking forward now to the coming days Gino Van Oudenhove ndash Sports Director We had a good plan for today and of course with quite a few new riders on the team nbsp to see the commitment and the work they did gives us good hope for the future Of course the nbsp 4th place for Giacomo was a big plus and motivates us in the team very much to do even better in the future Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo fights for excellent 4th as Team Qhubeka ASSOS take next step
     The 32 year old Italian benefitted from excellent teamwork throughout the day with the single goal of positioning Nizzolo perfectly ahead of the final steep climb to the line in Bellegarde It was Christophe Laporte Cofidis and Nacer Bouhanni Arkea Samsic who nbsp eventually fought it out for line honours with the former taking victory Nizzolo showed some excellent early season form and was just shaded by former world champion Mads Pedersen as they were fastest among the group two seconds adrift of the winners Lukasz Wisniowski Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke were key throughout nbsp and in particular when Andreas Stokbro Matteo Pelucchi and Sean Bennett were caught up in a crash with 6km to go All three were able to ride to the finish line and were checked over by our team doctor who will continue to monitor them overnight Giacomo Nizzolo I feel good I definitely didn rsquo t think that I would have such good legs because of the preparation but in the end I was well placed and I maybe spent a little bit too much to get in place at the bottom of the climb I didn rsquo t have the confidence to go too early but in the end I manged to be top five and I rsquo m looking forward now to the coming days Gino Van Oudenhove ndash Sports Director We had a good plan for today and of course with quite a few new riders on the team nbsp to see the commitment and the work they did gives us good hope for the future Of course the nbsp 4th place for Giacomo was a big plus and motivates us in the team very much to do even better in the future Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS Media Contact Jean Smyth nbsp Head of Communications Email jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 nbsp 625 nbsp 739 nbsp 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS www TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka www Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo fights for excellent 4th as Team Qhubeka ASSOS take next step
    Africa2 years ago

    Nizzolo fights for excellent 4th as Team Qhubeka ASSOS take next step


    The 32-year-old Italian benefitted from excellent teamwork throughout the day with the single goal of positioning Nizzolo perfectly ahead of the final steep climb to the line in Bellegarde. It was Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) who eventually fought it out for line honours, with the former taking victory.

    Nizzolo showed some excellent early-season form and was just shaded by former world champion Mads Pedersen, as they were fastest among the group two seconds adrift of the winners.

    Lukasz Wisniowski, Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke were key throughout and in particular when Andreas Stokbro, Matteo Pelucchi and Sean Bennett were caught up in a crash with 6km to go. All three were able to ride to the finish line and were checked over by our team doctor, who will continue to monitor them overnight.

    Giacomo Nizzolo
    I feel good, I definitely didn’t think that I would have such good legs because of the preparation but in the end I was well-placed and I maybe spent a little bit too much to get in place at the bottom of the climb.

    I didn’t have the confidence to go too early but in the end I manged to be top-five and I’m looking forward now to the coming days.

    Gino Van Oudenhove – Sports Director
    We had a good plan for today and of course with quite a few new riders on the team, to see the commitment and the work they did gives us good hope for the future. Of course the 4th place for Giacomo was a big plus and motivates us in the team very much to do even better in the future.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    Media Contact:
    Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +27 63 4701 1710 or +31 625 739 033

    About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

    We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

    We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.

    We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.

    About Qhubeka:
    Qhubeka (www.Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

    A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

    All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release.


    Media files

    Download logo

  •  The selection for the race sees a raft of new faces spearheaded by Nizzolo who recently his 32nd birthday Among his support will be long term friend Matteo Pelucchi who makes his first start for Team Qhubeka ASSOS TeamQhubeka com Lukasz Wisniowski has impressed during the team rsquo s recent training camp in Spain and his experience will be invaluable alongside the likes of Andreas Stokbro and Sean Bennett the American also making his debut for the team The impressive Michael Gogl will likely take on the shared role of road captain where he will be leaning heavily on new recruit Simon Clarke for support The Australian has merged seamlessly into Team Qhubeka ASSOS and promises to be a major asset for the team this season Meanwhile we have sought the assistance of our ardent fans to formally announce our team for this race and will look to continue doing that throughout the season This is something new and we are very excited about it Our team rsquo s supporters particularly in light of our recent challenges and in line with our drive for success into the future are key for us to continue to create meaningful change with the Qhubeka Charity in changing lives with bicycles The five day race gets underway on Wednesday 3 February with a 141km stage starting and finishing in Bellegarde and concludes with an 11km individual time trial in Al egrave s Giacomo Nizzolo As always for the first race of the season I rsquo m very excited and it will be interesting what is our current level We had a good camp but I don rsquo t feel at my absolute optimum as I have had an issue with my knee I feel that it rsquo s been getting better and better every day at the camp even when I wasn rsquo t able to train exactly how I rsquo d wanted to So I think we go there without pressure but obviously if there is an opportunity to score a result we will try every day where there is a chance I think that we also have some good guys for the overall too in Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke and it will be interesting to see how we can go in the sprint with the new guys Obviously with Pelucchi there is a long history but we have to as a team find our place in the bunch Simon Clarke After a really good block of training over the off season including my own mini training camp with Michael Gogl it was good to finally meet everyone at our camp in Spain It was a really good camp and now I can rsquo t wait to get started with my new team here in France We rsquo ll be looking to take what we worked on there straight into our racing so I rsquo m looking forward to the season ahead with confidence Gino Van Oudenhove Sports Director It has been a hectic run in the last two months for riders staff and management to put things together To get to this point everyone has done an amazing job and now we can start our first race well prepared and with confidence Etoile de Bess egrave ges will be an exciting race with some sprint possibilities So from the first race we can put all hands on deck in support of Giacomo Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS For further enquiries Jean Smyth Head of Communications Email nbsp jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 625 739 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo leads Team Qhubeka ASSOS at Etoile de Bessèges
     The selection for the race sees a raft of new faces spearheaded by Nizzolo who recently his 32nd birthday Among his support will be long term friend Matteo Pelucchi who makes his first start for Team Qhubeka ASSOS TeamQhubeka com Lukasz Wisniowski has impressed during the team rsquo s recent training camp in Spain and his experience will be invaluable alongside the likes of Andreas Stokbro and Sean Bennett the American also making his debut for the team The impressive Michael Gogl will likely take on the shared role of road captain where he will be leaning heavily on new recruit Simon Clarke for support The Australian has merged seamlessly into Team Qhubeka ASSOS and promises to be a major asset for the team this season Meanwhile we have sought the assistance of our ardent fans to formally announce our team for this race and will look to continue doing that throughout the season This is something new and we are very excited about it Our team rsquo s supporters particularly in light of our recent challenges and in line with our drive for success into the future are key for us to continue to create meaningful change with the Qhubeka Charity in changing lives with bicycles The five day race gets underway on Wednesday 3 February with a 141km stage starting and finishing in Bellegarde and concludes with an 11km individual time trial in Al egrave s Giacomo Nizzolo As always for the first race of the season I rsquo m very excited and it will be interesting what is our current level We had a good camp but I don rsquo t feel at my absolute optimum as I have had an issue with my knee I feel that it rsquo s been getting better and better every day at the camp even when I wasn rsquo t able to train exactly how I rsquo d wanted to So I think we go there without pressure but obviously if there is an opportunity to score a result we will try every day where there is a chance I think that we also have some good guys for the overall too in Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke and it will be interesting to see how we can go in the sprint with the new guys Obviously with Pelucchi there is a long history but we have to as a team find our place in the bunch Simon Clarke After a really good block of training over the off season including my own mini training camp with Michael Gogl it was good to finally meet everyone at our camp in Spain It was a really good camp and now I can rsquo t wait to get started with my new team here in France We rsquo ll be looking to take what we worked on there straight into our racing so I rsquo m looking forward to the season ahead with confidence Gino Van Oudenhove Sports Director It has been a hectic run in the last two months for riders staff and management to put things together To get to this point everyone has done an amazing job and now we can start our first race well prepared and with confidence Etoile de Bess egrave ges will be an exciting race with some sprint possibilities So from the first race we can put all hands on deck in support of Giacomo Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS For further enquiries Jean Smyth Head of Communications Email nbsp jean ryder co za Mobile 27 63 4701 1710 or 31 625 739 033 About Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Qhubeka ASSOS TeamQhubeka com is a purpose led high performance team fighting to win on the world 039 s biggest stage to inspire hope and create opportunity Founded in 2007 Team Qhubeka ASSOS formerly NTT Pro Cycling became the first ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license in 2016 We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan San Remo one of the five Monuments of cycling We have competed in six Tour de France rsquo s and notched up 7 stage wins with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France We are a multicultural diverse team with bases in South Africa the Netherlands and Italy There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage since the team 039 s inception We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity Through our work with Qhubeka we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa About Qhubeka Qhubeka Qhubeka org is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles nbsp People earn bicycles through our programmes improving their access to schools clinics and jobs A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and to carry more In the face of extreme and persistent poverty bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level ndash helping people to get where they need to go nbsp All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release Media filesDownload logo
    Nizzolo leads Team Qhubeka ASSOS at Etoile de Bessèges
    Africa2 years ago

    Nizzolo leads Team Qhubeka ASSOS at Etoile de Bessèges

    Team Qhubeka ASSOS

    The selection for the race sees a raft of new faces, spearheaded by Nizzolo, who recently his 32nd birthday. Among his support will be long-term friend Matteo Pelucchi, who makes his first start for Team Qhubeka ASSOS (TeamQhubeka.com).

    Lukasz Wisniowski has impressed during the team’s recent training camp in Spain and his experience will be invaluable alongside the likes of Andreas Stokbro and Sean Bennett, the American also making his debut for the team.

    The impressive Michael Gogl will likely take on the shared role of road captain where he will be leaning heavily on new recruit Simon Clarke for support. The Australian has merged seamlessly into Team Qhubeka ASSOS and promises to be a major asset for the team this season.

    Meanwhile, we have sought the assistance of our ardent fans to formally announce our team for this race and will look to continue doing that throughout the season. This is something new and we are very excited about it.

    Our team’s supporters, particularly in light of our recent challenges and in line with our drive for success into the future, are key for us to continue to create meaningful change with the Qhubeka Charity in changing lives with bicycles.

    The five-day race gets underway on Wednesday, 3 February with a 141km stage starting and finishing in Bellegarde, and concludes with an 11km individual time trial in Alès.

    Giacomo Nizzolo

    As always for the first race of the season I’m very excited and it will be interesting what is our current level. We had a good camp but I don’t feel at my absolute optimum as I have had an issue with my knee. I feel that it’s been getting better and better every day at the camp, even when I wasn’t able to train exactly how I’d wanted to.

    So I think we go there without pressure but obviously if there is an opportunity to score a result we will try every day where there is a chance. I think that we also have some good guys for the overall too in Michael Gogl and Simon Clarke and it will be interesting to see how we can go in the sprint with the new guys. Obviously with Pelucchi there is a long history but we have to, as a team, find our place in the bunch.

    Simon Clarke

    After a really good block of training over the off-season, including my own mini training camp with Michael Gogl, it was good to finally meet everyone at our camp in Spain.

    It was a really good camp and now I can’t wait to get started with my new team here in France. We’ll be looking to take what we worked on there straight into our racing, so I’m looking forward to the season ahead with confidence.

    Gino Van Oudenhove - Sports Director

    It has been a hectic run in the last two months for riders, staff and management to put things together. To get to this point everyone has done an amazing job and now we can start our first race well prepared and with confidence.

    Etoile de Bessèges will be an exciting race with some sprint possibilities. So, from the first race, we can put all hands on deck in support of Giacomo.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    For further enquiries:
    Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +27 63 4701 1710 or +31 625 739 033

    About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS (TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

    We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

    We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.

    We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.

    About Qhubeka:
    Qhubeka (Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

    A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

    All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release.


    Media files
    Team Qhubeka ASSOS
    Download logo

  •  Team Qhubeka ASSOS is pleased to confirm a further two riders added to our roster for 2021 in Sander Arm eacute e and Mauro Schmid to join Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour team Arm eacute e 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 Arm eacute e is a strong general classification rider with excellent ability as a rouleur and so will provide ample support to our team in our ambitions in the season rsquo s biggest stage races A former teammate of Victor Campenaerts Arm eacute e rsquo s palmares is an impressive one that includes a stage win at the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 victory in stage 3a of Tour Poitou Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine in 2020 and general classification top 10 finishes at the Tour of Norway Schmid joins us having spent two years at Continental level initially with the Swiss Cycling Academy and then most recently at Leopard Pro Cycling Describing himself as a punchy all rounder that time trials well complemented by a background in track cycling and cross country skiing the 21 year old is a product of the impressive Swiss development system and he counts Fabian Cancellara among his heroes Growing up the Tour de Suisse was a race that he dreamt of winning and with our team he now takes the next step toward potentially realising that dream in the future Having previously finished second on GC at the Tour of Black Sea 2018 in 2020 he was 11th on GC at the Tour of Luxembourg and finished inside the top 20 on GC at the Czech Tour at which he was also sixth on a stage This announcement sees our roster now have 25 confirmed riders for the 2021 season with our final two riders for next season to be named in due course Sander Arm eacute e I 039 m super motivated to join Team Qhubeka ASSOS nbsp next year Cycling is a passion for me and I feel the shared level of passion in the team and with their staff nbsp I rsquo ve had some personal success in the past but that won 039 t stop me from looking to improve even further and so with the passion knowledge equipment and race mentality of Team Qhubeka ASSOS I want nbsp to make this happen I want to use my experience and give the best of myself to achieve all of the team 039 s goals next year It will also be nice to team up again with Victor Campenaerts we were nbsp in nbsp the nbsp same team for nbsp two years and nbsp have also lived in the same village for a number of years too nbsp The goal of this team is not only winning bike races but the team also raises funds to change lives through bicycles and to help mobilise people For me this makes the team even more special so it 039 s an honour to be part of this nbsp Mauro Schmid I lsquo m looking incredibly forward to make the step to the WorldTour with Team Qhubeka ASSOS It was always a dream of me since I started bike racing about 10 years ago and this is absolutely a dream come true for me I look forward to help my teammates so that we can achieve the goals that the team has set for itself I am also very proud to represent the Qhubeka Charity which has a huge influence on people lsquo s lives I can rsquo t wait to find out more and meet the people directly involved to ensure that I use my talents on the bike to the best of my ability to also drive aware to such a great organisation Gino van Oudenhove Sports Director I have followed Sander since he was one of the best under 23 riders of his generation He is a super experienced professional who has spent most of his career in the service of general classification riders so we see him as being an excellent fit around Domenico Pozzovivo Sergio Henao and Fabio Aru Added to that Sander can also finish it off himself when opportunity presents itself as was the case in his latest stage win at this year 039 s Poitou Charente As a team we are always on the quest for young talented and interesting riders that could fit well into either Continental team or at WorldTour level Mauro is a talent that rsquo s been on the radar of many WorldTour teams who are well aware of the good work done by the Swiss Cycling Academy So we feel privileged to have him on board with us and to watch him develop and to assist him in the next steps to become a valuable WorldTour rider
    Armée and Schmid Blend Experience and Youth for Team Qhubeka ASSOS
     Team Qhubeka ASSOS is pleased to confirm a further two riders added to our roster for 2021 in Sander Arm eacute e and Mauro Schmid to join Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour team Arm eacute e 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 Arm eacute e is a strong general classification rider with excellent ability as a rouleur and so will provide ample support to our team in our ambitions in the season rsquo s biggest stage races A former teammate of Victor Campenaerts Arm eacute e rsquo s palmares is an impressive one that includes a stage win at the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 victory in stage 3a of Tour Poitou Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine in 2020 and general classification top 10 finishes at the Tour of Norway Schmid joins us having spent two years at Continental level initially with the Swiss Cycling Academy and then most recently at Leopard Pro Cycling Describing himself as a punchy all rounder that time trials well complemented by a background in track cycling and cross country skiing the 21 year old is a product of the impressive Swiss development system and he counts Fabian Cancellara among his heroes Growing up the Tour de Suisse was a race that he dreamt of winning and with our team he now takes the next step toward potentially realising that dream in the future Having previously finished second on GC at the Tour of Black Sea 2018 in 2020 he was 11th on GC at the Tour of Luxembourg and finished inside the top 20 on GC at the Czech Tour at which he was also sixth on a stage This announcement sees our roster now have 25 confirmed riders for the 2021 season with our final two riders for next season to be named in due course Sander Arm eacute e I 039 m super motivated to join Team Qhubeka ASSOS nbsp next year Cycling is a passion for me and I feel the shared level of passion in the team and with their staff nbsp I rsquo ve had some personal success in the past but that won 039 t stop me from looking to improve even further and so with the passion knowledge equipment and race mentality of Team Qhubeka ASSOS I want nbsp to make this happen I want to use my experience and give the best of myself to achieve all of the team 039 s goals next year It will also be nice to team up again with Victor Campenaerts we were nbsp in nbsp the nbsp same team for nbsp two years and nbsp have also lived in the same village for a number of years too nbsp The goal of this team is not only winning bike races but the team also raises funds to change lives through bicycles and to help mobilise people For me this makes the team even more special so it 039 s an honour to be part of this nbsp Mauro Schmid I lsquo m looking incredibly forward to make the step to the WorldTour with Team Qhubeka ASSOS It was always a dream of me since I started bike racing about 10 years ago and this is absolutely a dream come true for me I look forward to help my teammates so that we can achieve the goals that the team has set for itself I am also very proud to represent the Qhubeka Charity which has a huge influence on people lsquo s lives I can rsquo t wait to find out more and meet the people directly involved to ensure that I use my talents on the bike to the best of my ability to also drive aware to such a great organisation Gino van Oudenhove Sports Director I have followed Sander since he was one of the best under 23 riders of his generation He is a super experienced professional who has spent most of his career in the service of general classification riders so we see him as being an excellent fit around Domenico Pozzovivo Sergio Henao and Fabio Aru Added to that Sander can also finish it off himself when opportunity presents itself as was the case in his latest stage win at this year 039 s Poitou Charente As a team we are always on the quest for young talented and interesting riders that could fit well into either Continental team or at WorldTour level Mauro is a talent that rsquo s been on the radar of many WorldTour teams who are well aware of the good work done by the Swiss Cycling Academy So we feel privileged to have him on board with us and to watch him develop and to assist him in the next steps to become a valuable WorldTour rider
    Armée and Schmid Blend Experience and Youth for Team Qhubeka ASSOS
    Africa2 years ago

    Armée and Schmid Blend Experience and Youth for Team Qhubeka ASSOS


    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.

    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 so 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 palmares is an impressive one that includes a stage win at the Vuelta a Espana in 2017, victory in stage 3a of Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine in 2020 and general classification top-10 finishes at the Tour of Norway.

    Schmid joins us having spent two years at Continental level, initially with the Swiss Cycling Academy and then most recently at Leopard Pro Cycling. Describing himself as a punchy all-rounder that time trials well, complemented by a background in track cycling and cross-country skiing, the 21-year-old is a product of the impressive Swiss development system and he counts Fabian Cancellara among his heroes. Growing up the Tour de Suisse was a race that he dreamt of winning and with our team he now takes the next step toward potentially realising that dream in the future.

    Having previously finished second on GC at the Tour of Black Sea (2018), in 2020 he was 11th on GC at the Tour of Luxembourg and finished inside the top-20 on GC at the Czech Tour, at which he was also sixth on a stage.

    This announcement sees our roster now have 25 confirmed riders for the 2021 season with our final two riders for next season to be named in due course.

    Sander Armée
    I'm super-motivated to join Team Qhubeka ASSOS next year. Cycling is a passion for me and I feel the shared level of passion in the team, and with their staff. 

    I’ve had some personal success in the past but that won't stop me from looking to improve even further; and so with the passion, knowledge, equipment and race mentality of Team Qhubeka ASSOS - I want to make this happen.

    I want to use my experience and give the best of myself to achieve all of the team's goals next year. It will also be nice to team up again with Victor Campenaerts, we were in the same team for two years and have also lived in the same village for a number of years too. 

    The goal of this team is not only winning bike races but the team also raises funds to change lives through bicycles and to help mobilise people. For me this makes the team even more special, so it's an honour to be part of this. 

    Mauro Schmid
    I‘m looking incredibly forward to make the step to the WorldTour with Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

    It was always a dream of me since I started bike racing about 10 years ago and this is absolutely a dream come true for me. I look forward to help my teammates so that we can achieve the goals that the team has set for itself.

    I am also very proud to represent the Qhubeka Charity which has a huge influence on people‘s lives. I can’t wait to find out more and meet the people directly involved to ensure that I use my talents on the bike to the best of my ability to also drive aware to such a great organisation.

    Gino van Oudenhove - Sports Director
    I have followed Sander since he was one of the best under 23 riders of his generation. He is a super experienced professional who has spent most of his career in the service of general classification riders, so we see him as being an excellent fit around Domenico Pozzovivo, Sergio Henao and Fabio Aru. Added to that, Sander can also finish it off himself when opportunity presents itself as was the case in his latest stage win at this year's Poitou-Charente.

    As a team we are always on the quest for young, talented and interesting riders that could fit well into either Continental team or at WorldTour level. Mauro is a talent that’s been on the radar of many WorldTour teams who are well aware of the good work done by the Swiss Cycling Academy. So we feel privileged to have him on board with us and to watch him develop and to assist him in the next steps to become a valuable WorldTour rider.

  •  Team Qhubeka ASSOS Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team is delighted to announce our partnership with HUNT wheels from next season This announcement marks a first step into the WorldTour for HUNT and the next stage for them in serving riders across the globe The team will use various models and configurations of HUNT wheels for racing and training throughout the 2021 and 2022 seasons Leveraging the feedback and expertise from our riders competing on the highest level together with HUNT we can work together in developing and refining HUNT rsquo s wheels to a level that meets the demands placed on them by elite competition resulting in even better products for HUNT riders Ollie Gray HUNT Road Brand Manager On behalf of our team at HUNT we rsquo re honored to provide technical support for Team Qhubeka ASSOS The Rider Firm is made up of passionate cyclists and so there is a palpable buzz of excitement inside the company We embrace the challenge of delivering wheels to deliver at the highest level of the sport we love so dearly Beyond the program rsquo s incredible racing success over the years we were drawn to the core purpose of the team promoting the Qhubeka organization rsquo s mission to change lives through bicycles To have the opportunity to partner with a team who exist to provide a tangible positive social impact is humbling HUNT strives to constantly improve and develop our products and will utilize the input and feedback from the immensely talented riders and staff testing our wheels at the highest level of the sport in order to better serve riders around the world Douglas Ryder Team Principal ndash Team Qhubeka ASSOS I am really excited about this partnership with HUNT wheels as they emerge into the WorldTour of cycling through our team Their wheels have had excellent reviews and as a company they do everything they can to hunt for the best products to give us all the best riding experience possible As a team we are looking nbsp forward to representing the brand as we hunt for victories across the whole WorldTour season whilst providing feedback to continuously improve the product and be better together rdquo
    HUNT to partner with Team Qhubeka ASSOS
     Team Qhubeka ASSOS Africa rsquo s only UCI registered WorldTour cycling team is delighted to announce our partnership with HUNT wheels from next season This announcement marks a first step into the WorldTour for HUNT and the next stage for them in serving riders across the globe The team will use various models and configurations of HUNT wheels for racing and training throughout the 2021 and 2022 seasons Leveraging the feedback and expertise from our riders competing on the highest level together with HUNT we can work together in developing and refining HUNT rsquo s wheels to a level that meets the demands placed on them by elite competition resulting in even better products for HUNT riders Ollie Gray HUNT Road Brand Manager On behalf of our team at HUNT we rsquo re honored to provide technical support for Team Qhubeka ASSOS The Rider Firm is made up of passionate cyclists and so there is a palpable buzz of excitement inside the company We embrace the challenge of delivering wheels to deliver at the highest level of the sport we love so dearly Beyond the program rsquo s incredible racing success over the years we were drawn to the core purpose of the team promoting the Qhubeka organization rsquo s mission to change lives through bicycles To have the opportunity to partner with a team who exist to provide a tangible positive social impact is humbling HUNT strives to constantly improve and develop our products and will utilize the input and feedback from the immensely talented riders and staff testing our wheels at the highest level of the sport in order to better serve riders around the world Douglas Ryder Team Principal ndash Team Qhubeka ASSOS I am really excited about this partnership with HUNT wheels as they emerge into the WorldTour of cycling through our team Their wheels have had excellent reviews and as a company they do everything they can to hunt for the best products to give us all the best riding experience possible As a team we are looking nbsp forward to representing the brand as we hunt for victories across the whole WorldTour season whilst providing feedback to continuously improve the product and be better together rdquo
    HUNT to partner with Team Qhubeka ASSOS
    Africa2 years ago

    HUNT to partner with Team Qhubeka ASSOS


    Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour cycling team, is delighted to announce our partnership with HUNT wheels from next season.

    This announcement marks a first step into the WorldTour for HUNT and the next stage for them in serving riders across the globe. The team will use various models and configurations of HUNT wheels for racing and training throughout the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

    Leveraging the feedback and expertise from our riders competing on the highest level, together with HUNT we can work together in developing and refining HUNT’s wheels to a level that meets the demands placed on them by elite competition, resulting in even better products for HUNT riders.

    Ollie Gray (HUNT Road Brand Manager)
    On behalf of our team at HUNT, we’re honored to provide technical support for Team Qhubeka ASSOS. The Rider Firm is made up of passionate cyclists, and so there is a palpable buzz of excitement inside the company. We embrace the challenge of delivering wheels to deliver at the highest level of the sport we love so dearly.

    Beyond the program’s incredible racing success over the years, we were drawn to the core purpose of the team; promoting the Qhubeka organization’s mission to change lives through bicycles. To have the opportunity to partner with a team who exist to provide a tangible positive social impact, is humbling.

    HUNT strives to constantly improve and develop our products, and will utilize the input and feedback from the immensely talented riders and staff testing our wheels at the highest level of the sport, in order to better serve riders around the world.

    Douglas Ryder (Team Principal – Team Qhubeka ASSOS)
    I am really excited about this partnership with HUNT wheels as they emerge into the WorldTour of cycling through our team. Their wheels have had excellent reviews and as a company they do everything they can to hunt for the best products to give us all the best riding experience possible.

    As a team we are looking forward to representing the brand as we hunt for victories across the whole WorldTour season whilst providing feedback to continuously improve the product and be better together.”

naija entertainment news shop bet9ja livescore hausa new shortner Febspot downloader