Nizzolo leaves the Giro d’Italia with the first Grand Tour stage victory in hand
After the completion of the 14th stage of the 104th Giro d’Italia finishing at the top of Monte Zoncolan, the Qhubeka team ASSOS‘(TeamQhubeka.com) European and Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo has withdrawn from the race.
The 32-year-old won his first Grand Tour stage in a sensational fashion by winning stage 13 in Verona, ending an almost ten-year wait for victory and causing emotional scenes.
Nizzolo had specifically prepared for the Giro’s sprint opportunities in order to finally reach his goal of winning a stage. After completing a difficult stage on Monte Zoncolan, the decision was made for him to retire, so that he could rest and recover, and then, with the team, focus on his goals ahead.
He concludes an excellent race for the Italian after also finishing twice second – on stages two and five – while also wearing the leader’s jersey for the points classification, the maglia ciclamino.
Nizzolo’s victory came just two days after debutant Mauro Schmid’s victory at Montalcino, and in addition to strong individual performances from Victor Campenaerts and Max Walscheid.
Everyone knows how much I love this race and what it means to me. Finally winning a stage here was a dream come true, and the raw emotion at the finish line in Verona showed it. I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.
I entered the race in good shape, with fast legs and focused on the flat sprints, but struggled on the climbs which really took their toll. So we decided it was better for me to stop, recover, look forward to the future.
For our team, it has been an incredible Giro d’Italia so far. We’re talking about the Ubuntu spirit within our team – “I am because we are” – and I think it’s obvious to everyone to see from the way we run how tight we are. as a group and as an organization.
My victory in Verona was not only a victory for me and for those behind the scenes, but just as important, it continued to show our team’s goal of riding for something more, for the impact that the bikes have. can have in changing lives we do everyday with Qhubeka charity.
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About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
Qhubeka team ASSOS are a high-performance, purpose-driven team fighting to win on the world’s biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (Previously NTT Pro Cycling) became the first African cycling team to win a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.
We had our first big 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 list of World Tour and Continental Feeder teams. Our focus on the development of African cycling has enabled more than 55 riders from the African continent to compete on the world stage since the inception of the team.
We run to help people get on the bike 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, cycling 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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