“We are thrilled to announce our line-up for the Santos Tour Down Under, the opening WorldTour race of the 2020 season, that features and exciting blend of youth and experience.”
It sees a debut at this level for two of our new riders in the form of the under 23 World Champion Samuele Battistella, who steps up from our Continental team, and Australia’s Dylan Sunderland. Both will be looking to the race in a supporting role along with gaining invaluable experience in the process.
Norwegian Rasmus Tiller, who had a strong debut season in 2019, as well as top South African Stefan de Bod will slot in alongside the experienced head of Danilo Wyss in the 6-stage race.
Our sprint hopes will rest upon the shoulders of Italian Giacomo Nizzolo and South Africa’s Ryan Gibbons. The former scored two top-10 stage finishes during his last outing Down Under in 2016 while for the latter, it’s a race that he excelled at in 2018 taking two top-10 stage finishes as well as a very impressive finish at Wilunga Hill, that saw him finish 11th on the GC.
Lars Michaelsen – Head Sports Director
We are excited to start the 2020 season and showing our new NTT Pro Cycling jersey in race action.
We have been preparing well and will confront the Tour Down Under with eagerness but like every year it’s with an unknown factor of where we actually are compared to our opponents.
The total of six stages will normally see four sprint finishes and here we will support our two fast riders Ryan Gibbons and Giacomo Nizzolo. For the two uphill finishes in Paracombe and on Willunga Hill we will know after the first 2 stages who of our NTT riders has the legs to support them.
I’m thoroughly looking forward to kicking off the season here in Australia. After a promising performance last year and another season of experience I’m excited to see what we can achieve in 2020.
The team is highly motivated and want to take every opportunity we can, I’m confident it will be a promising start to 2020 for NTT Pro Cycling.
About NTT Pro Cycling
Founded in 2007, NTT Pro Cycling (formerly Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. With the support of our headline sponsor and technology innovation partner, NTT, we are the most purpose-driven, performance-led, and technology-enabled team in pro cycling today.
Our ambition is to continue to race at the highest levels in world cycling, to develop riders to realise their full potential and to inspire and motivate people across the African continent to ride bicycles.
We have bases in South Africa, Denmark the Netherlands and Italy.
We also ride to raise awareness for Qhubeka, a global charity operating in South Africa, through our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.
The hands on the back of the team race jersey are a reminder that every Qhubeka bicycle is a helping hand up to a beneficiary, which are provided through Qhubeka’s learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes