Nizzolo aims for World Championships as next major goal
“Of course, it was an intense first part of the season, especially with the Classics, then focusing on the Giro where I was looking to be in the best possible shape for the flat sprints, I worked very hard for that . After the Giro, I had a few days off and then it was all over for Gippingen where I felt really good (Nizzolo finished 4the) then the Tour of Belgium, which was an intense race.
“The goal for the second part of the season now is the World Championships, to be in top form for this event. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I’m sure I can do it. In terms of preparation, I know that I have to be there without any regrets, to work as best I can, and then once in the race we can give everything.
The 2021 Road World Championships in Flanders will take place over 268.3 km, starting in Antwerp and ending in Leuven on September 26.
“I have run a lot in Belgium and I really like running here. It’s still very intense, it’s still very hard (racing) but very exciting. Belgians are incredibly passionate about cycling and you feel the atmosphere is incredibly unique. For my driver profile these roads and the course suit me so that’s why I like it.
The Qhubeka ASSOS team will then head to the Tour de France, where Giacomo will support his teammates from home as his preparations take shape.
“We had a great Giro this year with a great atmosphere within the team, working for each other in the true spirit of Ubuntu and that’s what allowed us to achieve the results we have. obtained. I really hope that in the Tour, the group will be able to reproduce that and that they can achieve similar successes. I will encourage and support them, keep in touch as we always do in the team and give them my full support.
“The next steps in my program will see me at high camp for a while and after which we will assess plans beyond. These, of course, will look to the European Championships, where I want to defend my title to the best of my ability, and then to the World Championships.
Nizzolo is also the most recent guest on the ‘Unclipped’ podcast; The unique content offering from the Qhubeka ASSOS team that provides better insight into the characters within our team.
All of the previous podcast episodes are available here (https://bit.ly/3xjojgh) while the series is also available through all podcast platforms including:
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About the Qhubeka ASSOS team:
The Qhubeka ASSOS team 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 ASSOS team (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first African cycling team to obtain 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 participated in six Tour de France and won 7 stage victories, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France 2016.
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.
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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