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World Tour: NTT becomes Qhubeka Assos

The South African cycling team NTT will continue the adventure in the World Tour next season, but under the name of Qhubeka Assos.

The South African cycling team NTT will continue the adventure in the World Tour next season, but under the name of Qhubeka Assos.

There will be a South African team in the World Tour next season. Even though the Japanese telephone brand NTT has decided to withdraw and no longer be the title sponsor, team boss Douglas Ryder has found a new sponsor, who will allow the adventure to continue among the best cycling teams in the world. .

In 2021, the team will be called Qhubeka Assos. Qhubeka is a South African charity that provides bicycles to the poorest children and adults, and had already given its name to the team between 2011 and 2015, under the name MTN-Qhubeka (MTN being a southern telecommunications group -African). Assos is a Swiss clothing brand, and has injected enough money into the South African cycling structure to allow it to be in the World Tour in 2021 and 2022.

Assos wants to “support sport during the covid-19 crisis”

“We really enjoy being part of this team. Qhubeka’s slogan that “bikes change lives” couldn’t inspire us more. We want to support sport during the covid-19 crisis by maintaining this important team in the professional peloton, ”responded Assos boss Derek Bouchard-Hall. Same story with Douglas Ryder: “Cycling continues to be a tool to change the lives of so many people for commuting, for sport, for health, for freedom and accessibility. Our team has always been about more than winning, even though we love to win. “

The boss of the South African team will now have to work to find riders, because there are only six under contract for next season, including the Belgian Victor Campenaerts, the Italian Domenico Pozzovivo or the German Max Walscheid. This season, the NTT team have won eight races, including two on the World Tour: Giacomo Nizzolo on the Tour Down Under and Ben O’Connor on the Giro.