Nizzolo and Pozzovivo lead the Qhubeka ASSOS team at the UAE Tour


The UCI The World Tour kicks off this weekend with the United Arab Emirates Tour from February 21 to 27. The Italian duo Giacomo Nizzolo and Domenico Pozzovivo will lead the Qhubeka ASSOS team ( at the first cycling race in the Middle East.

The United Arab Emirates The tour will consist of 7 stages; including four for sprinters, two top finishes and an individual time trial. With something for every type of runner, and like the first UCI World Tour race of the season, 2021 United Arab Emirates Tour arguably attracted its strongest field of all time.

Qhubeka team ASSOS will have one of the flagship sprinters of the race at the start, the European and Italian Champion Giacomo Nizzolo, fresh out of his victory at the Clasica de Almeria last weekend. Veteran climber, Domenico Pozzovivo will aim for both climbing stages and a good overall result in the general classification for the Qhubeka team 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.

Thanks to Matome Senyolo, one of our most loyal fans for helping to announcement ( of our United Arab Emirates Tour program.

Aart Vierhouten – Sporting director
In our first WT race in 2021, the United Arab Emirates Tour, Qhubeka Team ASSOS has two objectives;
To learn from each sprint stage, work on the correct configuration of our head train for the benefit of our leader and sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo.

Besides the sprint stages, we also have two stages that end a mountain, so we have our climber Domenico Pozzovivo. We will protect him during the flat stages and help him on his way to the climbs to obtain a good result in the general classification as well.

Giacomo Nizzolo
I am really looking forward to the United Arab Emirates Tour, where the full World Tour peloton will line up for the first time this year. It’s an important race for our team, Team Qhubeka ASSOS, and a great opportunity for us to show our colors and our purpose to a global audience of cyclists.

We already have good feelings from the first races of the season and I feel confident with the team around me here, so we look forward to some fast and exciting sprints in the desert.

Domenico Pozzovivo
I can’t wait to start my season with the Qhubeka Assos team at United Arab Emirates Tour, where it will be a nice change to ride again in a hot climate. The first race is always interesting to see how the legs will react after a long training period but we will definitely give 100% every day.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Qhubeka team ASSOS.

About the Qhubeka team ASSOS:
Qhubeka team ASSOS ( are a goal-driven, high-performance team fighting to win on the world’s biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, the Qhubeka team ASSOS (Previously NTT Pro Cycling) became the first African cycling team to win a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

We had our first major victory in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France and won 7 stage victories, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

We are a multicultural and diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented in our World Tour and Continental Feeder team rosters. Our focus on the development of African cycling has enabled more than 55 riders from the African continent to be offered the opportunity to race on the world stage since the inception of the team.

We run to help people get ahead with cycling through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have helped distribute over 30,000 bikes to communities across South Africa.

About Qhubeka:
Qhubeka ( is a charity that gets people moving with bikes. People are gaining bicycles through our programs, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

A bicycle is a tool that helps people travel faster, farther, and carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bikes can change lives by helping tackle socio-economic challenges at the most basic level – helping people get to where they need to go.

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