Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) has confirmed that Gabriele Missaglia and Aart Vierhouten will take on directeur sportif roles' for the upcoming season, and in the process complete the makeup of our performance team.
Former professional, Missaglia (50), rode for 14 years and immediately made the enormously successful switch to the car in the role of Sports Director. His riding career included stage wins at Pais Vasco, Giro d'Italia, Tour de Suisse, Volta Catalunya, Grand Prix Hamburgo World Cup, the Tour de Langkawi GC, Tour of Quinghai Lake GC as well as placing third at the Amstel Gold Race ('99).
His most recent role saw him spend nine years with the CCC team playing a crucial part in the development phase of the team right up to WorldTour level.
Vierhouten (50) brings a unique skill set that includes the role of Sports Director as well as an exceptional ability as a coach.
A prominent career on the road for the Dutchman with among others Rabobank, Skil-Shimano and Lotto, saw him feature as a leadout man for Robbie McEwen for a large portion. His role as road captain at the Spring Classics as well as multiple participations at all the Grand Tours are testament to his leadership abilities that will be crucially important to our goals in 2021.
For me, working with Team Qhubeka Assos will be fantastic, and I'm so grateful for this new opportunity. So for this, I want to express my thanks to Doug and all of the team management.
I look forward to finding a new family with whom to share many beautiful things in a project that I believe in. I'm sure we'll be the surprise team next season!
Of course, experience tells me that there will be difficult moments but I'm prepared and ready for anything.
When I have free time I love to ride my bike for many kilometers just like when I was rider but now, of course, with different goals!
I am really looking forward to being on the road again and to help young sportsmen to fulfil their dreams, even through the tough times with Team Qhubeka ASSOS.
I am excited to share my experience as a former race captain with the aim; to build a strong, committed team where passion and "Go-For-It" are the keywords. Together with the Qhubeka Charity,we also have a story to tell! I would like to contribute to this 100%.
I still love to ride my bike and every year I have a + 400 km ride with some friends and former professionals. It is called 'the Longest Day ride' - normally around June 21st- so I'll have to ask the team for that day off!
In Gabriele we have someone who has a wealth of experience both from his career as a rider together with that as a sports director. I think he has a great approach and way of thinking and he will be an important part of our setup with his experience across the board including the ability to lead us at Grand Tours.
Aart will bring a very varied skill set that will be very valuable for our squad. His coaching expertise and guidance on offer to some of the young signings this year including the likes of Karel Vacek and Mauro Schmid will be very important. That, together with his upcoming ability as a director, is something that we are excited about to go with his wider experience and great network within the sport.
About Team Qhubeka ASSOS:
Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) is a purpose-led, high-performance team, fighting to win on the world's biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.
We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France's and notched up 7 stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.
We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our World Tour and continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent be given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team's inception.
We race to help people to move forward with bicycles through our relationship with Qhubeka Charity. Through our work with Qhubeka, we have contributed to the distribution of over 30 000 bicycles in communities in South Africa.
Qhubeka (www.Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles.People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.
A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level helping people to get where they need to go.
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