Team Qhubeka (https://TeamQhubeka.com/) will compete in the 2022 Tour of Sicily led by South African Nicholas Dlamini as he makes his debut in the 2022 European season.
The four-stage race, which begins on Tuesday 12 April, opens with an opportunity for the fastest men over 199km from Milazzo to Bagheria, while all eyes will be on the grand finale on Easter Friday, with three HC climbs on the road to Ragalna and finish on top of the iconic Mount Etna.
Dlamini makes his European bow after recently finishing his maiden Epic Cap d’Absa end of March. The 26-year-old leads an exciting young team including Alessandro Iacchi (Italy), Luca Coati (Italy), Efrem Gebrehiwet Araya (Eritrea), Travis Stedman (South Africa), Jacopo Meneghotto (Italy) and Negasi Haylu Abreha (Ethiopia) .
For Cap Tonian, who impressed in his very first mountain bike race, he is now looking forward to running in more familiar territory: “I’m really looking forward to starting my season in Europe, with my new team-mates. I was really looking forward to getting to Europe and getting back to racing here.
“I looked at the starting list and there are very good teams on the pitch. I know Domenico Pozzovivo is here as well as Louis Meintjes – two former teammates – so it will be tough four days. I just try to take it day by day; Luckily the first stage is flat, so I can ride myself, because it will be a big difference coming from South Africa directly in a race like this.
“After completing the Absa Cape Epic I am in good physical condition, but now I need some speed in my legs which may take a few days. More than anything, I’m just excited to race with the team. Everyone is extremely motivated, especially the youngsters, so we can’t wait to get out there and race hard. We’re going to go out and do our thing working together, and in doing so, we can then hope for a good result this week.
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About the Qhubeka team:
Team Qhubeka is a purpose-driven, high performance team fighting to win on the biggest stage in the world, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, the Qhubeka team became the very first African cycling team to obtain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.
We got our first big win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of cycling’s five landmarks. We’ve taken part in six Tour de France and won 7 stage victories, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.
2022 has seen us return to UCI Continental status as we take the next step in our journey which will see us rebuild, with the intention of returning to the highest level and representing Africa again at the Tour de France.
We are a multicultural and diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. Our focus on developing African cycling has given over 55 riders from the African continent the opportunity to race on the world stage.
We race to help people get ahead with bikes through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have helped distribute over 35,000 bicycles to communities in South Africa.
Qhubeka is a charity that gets people going with bicycles. People earn bikes through our programs, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.
A bicycle is a tool that helps people travel faster and farther, and carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socio-economic challenges at the most basic level – helping people get where they need to go.
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