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Nizzolo & Pozzovivo lead Team Qhubeka ASSOS at UAE Tour

The UCI World Tour gets underway this weekend with the UAE Tour taking place between 21-27 February. The Italian duo of Giacomo Nizzolo and Domenico Pozzovivo will lead Team Qhubeka ASSOS at the middle-east’s premier cycling race.

The UAE Tour will consist of 7 stages; four of which suit the sprinters, two summit finishes and an individual time trial. With something for every type of rider, and as the debut UCI World Tour race of the season, the 2021 UAE Tour has attracted arguably its strongest peloton ever.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS will have one of the race’s headline sprinters at the start, European and Italian Champion Giacomo Nizzolo, fresh off his victory at Clasica de Almeria this past weekend. Veteran climber, Domenico Pozzovivo will be taking aim at the two climbing stages and a strong overall GC result for Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

Support for our co-leaders will come in the form of Max Walscheid, Lasse Norman Hansen, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Harry Tanfield and Matteo Pelucchi.

Aart Vierhouten – Sport Director
At our first WT race in 2021 the UAE Tour, Team Qhubeka ASSOS has two goals;
To learn from each sprint stage, working on the right setup of our lead-out train for the benefit of our leader and sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo.

Besides the sprint stages we have also two stages which finish up a mountain, therefore we have our climber Domenico Pozzovivo. We will protect him during the flat stages and help him on his way towards the climbs to achieve a good result on the GC as well.

Giacomo Nizzolo
I am really looking forward to the UAE Tour, where the complete World Tour peloton will line up for the first time this year. It is an important race for our team, Team Qhubeka ASSOS, and a great opportunity for us to show our colours and our purpose to a global cycling audience.
We have some good feelings from the first races of the season already and I am feeling confident with the team around me here, so we look forward to some fast and exciting sprints in the desert.

Domenico Pozzovivo
I am looking forward to starting my season with Team Qhubeka Assos at the UAE Tour, where it will be a nice change to ride in a warm climate once again. The first race is always interesting to see how the legs will respond after a long period of training but for sure we will give 100% every day.
@Qhubeka Assos

Clasica de Almeria 2021

Puebla de Vicár – Roquetas de Mar (183 km)

1 NIZZOLO, Giacomo (TEAM QHUBEKA ASSOS) 4:18:44
2 SENECHAL, Florian (DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP) 0:00:00
3 LAAS, Martin (BORA – HANSGROHE) 0:00:00
4 ABERASTURI, Jon (CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA) 0:00:00
5 DUPONT, Timothy (BINGOAL WB) 0:00:00
6 VAN POPPEL, Danny (INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRI) 0:00:00
7 CULLAIGH, Gabriel (MOVISTAR TEAM) 0:00:00
8 THEUNS, Edward (TREK – SEGAFREDO) 0:00:00
9 SARREAU, Marc (AG2R CITROEN TEAM) 0:00:00
10 CIMA, Damiano (GAZPROM-RUSVELO) 0:00:00
11 CANOLA, Marco (GAZPROM-RUSVELO) 0:00:00
12 JANSEN, Amund G. (TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE) 0:00:00
13 MANZIN, Lorrenzo (TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE) 0:00:00
14 WARLOP, Jordi (SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE) 0:00:00
15 VAN LERBERGHE, Bert (DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP) 0:00:00

Martin Laas sprintet bei der Clásica de Almería auf den dritten Platz

Die 36. Auflage der Clásica de Almería führte über 183,3 Kilometer von Pueblo de Vicar nach Roquetas de Mar. Nachdem sich direkt nach dem Start eine Fluchtgruppe lösen könnte, wurde diese kurz darauf vom Hauptfeld wieder eingeholt. Auch ein zweiter Fluchtversuch einer vier Mann Spitzengruppe hatte bei mäßigem Wind entlang der andalusischen Küste nur wenig Erfolg, sodass ein geschlossenes Hauptfeld das Finale in Angriff nahm. Auf den gut 6 Kilometer langen Schlussrunden, welche zweimal zu absolvieren waren, positionierten sich die BORA-hansgrohe Fahrer geschlossen im vordersten Teil des Pelotons. Durch die hektische Fahrweise kam es immer wieder zu Stürzen. In einem davon wurde auch Jordi Meeus verwickelt, der sich einen tieferen Schnitt an der Hand zuzog, jedoch ohne schwerwiegende Verletzungen das Rennen beenden konnte. Durch eine geschlossen starke Teamleistung und gute Vorarbeit konnte Martin Laas den finalen Sprint in aussichtsreicher Position eröffnen und beim Sieg vom amtierenden Europameister Giacomo Nizzolo den 3. Platz sichern.

Reaktionen im Ziel
Mit einem 3.Platz im ersten Rennen der Saison kann ich ziemlich zufrieden sein. Eigentlich haben wir geplant den Sprint für Jordi zu fahren, der aber in einen Sturz verwickelt war bei welchem ich auch beinahe zu Fall gekommen wäre. Da er leider nicht mehr zurückkam stellten wir schnell auf mich um und das Team machte einen tollen Job, um mich vorne zu halten und in Position zu bringen. In der letzten Kurve hatte ich mit Nizzolo das perfekte Hinterrad wurde aber durch einen anderen Fahrer etwas aus der Ruhe gebracht und war leicht eingeklemmt. Dennoch fühlte ich mich immer noch stark genug um meinen Sprint durchzuziehen und konnte mir den 3.Platz sichern. – Martin Laas

Heute war das Glück sicher nicht immer auf unserer Seite, aber wir sind nicht unzufrieden. Anfangs haben wir geplant den Sprint für Jordi vorzubereiten. Leider war er 15 Kilometer vor dem Ziel in einen Sturz verwickelt und wir mussten sehr schnell auf Martin wechseln. Das Team arbeitete gut zusammen und hielt sich immer vorne auf, um Attacken kontern zu können und Martin in eine gute Position zu bringen. Leider haben wir durch zwei Defekte in den letzten Kilometern unsere starken Anfahrer Pösti und Bodi verloren, weshalb auch die Sprintvorbereitung nicht ideal lief. Dennoch konnte Martin einen starken Sprint fahren und sich den 3. Platz sichern.- Jean-Pierre Heydnderickx, Sportlicher Leiter
@BORA – hansgrohe

Giacomo Nizzolo won the Clasica de Almeria in a fantastic sprint finish finale, the first win of the season for the Italian & European Champion and Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

The 183km Clasica de Almeria took place today under a beautiful blue Spanish sky. A strong peloton of 154 riders set off from Pueblo de Vicar on an out, around and back route, finishing in Rocquetas de Mar.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS sent a strong line up to the Spanish UCI 1.Pro race, with Giacomo Nizzolo leading the 7-rider roster that also included Max Walscheid, Victor Campenaerts, Matteo Pelucchi, Carlos Barbero, Emil Vinjebo and Sean Bennett.
With most of the climbing taking place in the opening 100km, followed by a flatter final 80km, the race was expected to end in a bunch sprint. A few early breakaway attempts came to nothing, and it was a packed peloton racing into the final 50km, all together.
It was a nervy run in to the line and the fight for position resulted in numerous crashes, splitting and whittling down the peloton regularly. After protection from his teammates, Nizzolo made it to the final kilometer well placed but still with a fair bit to do in the technical finish.
The European Champion went around the outside in the final right hand bend and powered away from his challengers with a superior turn of speed. Florian Senechel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) would cross the line 2nd and Martin Laas (Bora-Hansgrohe) rounded out the podium.

Nizzolo’s win is his first of the 2021 cycling season and also the first for Team Qhubeka ASSOS!

Giacomo Nizzolo
I am really happy about today’s victory and the great job the team did today. From the start we tried to control the race, but the race was a bit strange, kind of on-and-off a few times because of the wind. The final was quite tricky but we managed to have a good position for the sprint, so I am really happy for the team and we look forward to the next one.

Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
I am so excited about winning today in Spain, just our third event of the year. We were on the podium in Besseges and our climbers were beginning to show themselves in Provence, and now our Italian and European Champion, Giacomo Nizzolo goes and wins in the south of Spain, in Almeria.
We had such a good training camp just outside Girona, bringing this team together under one culture of Ubuntu, I am because we are. It was such a cool thing to see, 27 riders of 16 different nationalities pulling together, so to win today was just, wow, an incredible performance and brilliant showing from the team there. Our first win as Team Qhubeka ASSOS is something special.
And we are delighted for Giacomo, to continue his incredible form from last season, we are so happy that he is part of Team Qhubeka ASSOS so the future is looking good.
@ Qhubeka Assos