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Fabio Aru linked to Qhubeka-Assos as new Grand Tour leader

Fabio Aru linked to Qhubeka-Assos as new Grand Tour leader

With Assos confirmed as the new backer of NTT Pro Cycling team for 2021, the team’s management has turned their focus on completing their roster,…

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With Assos confirmed as the new backer of NTT Pro Cycling team for 2021, the team’s management has turned their focus on completing their roster, with Fabio Aru closely linked to the team as Grand Tour leader.

Cyclingnews reported on Thursday that Swiss clothing brand Assos would step in to save Doug Ryder’s team and ensure its place in the WorldTour, with the team and Assos confirming the news on Friday.

BMC are staying on as the bike sponsor for the team, with an expected total budget of around €8 million. This is low compared to Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma but with rider contracts falling significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a number of quality riders still looking for contracts, it should be enough to fund a competitive WorldTour roster.

A number of high-profile riders have already left the team after NTT ended their sponsorship, with Michael Valgren departing for EF Pro Cycling, Edvald Boasson Hagen going to Total Direct Energie, Louis Meintjes to Circus-Wanty Gobert, and Ben O’Connor leaving for AG2R Citröen. Cyclingnews understands that Max Walscheid, Domenico Pozzovivo, Andreas Stokbro, Michael Gogl, Dylan Sunderland, and Victor Campenaerts have all been given new deals until the end of 2022, while South Africans Jay Thomson, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, and Nic Dlamini are also set to stay.

European road race champion Giacomo Nizzolo is also expected to stay on but his deal has yet to be announced, while Enrico Gasparotto is likely to race one last season with the team. Belgium’s […]

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