NTT Pro Cycling had another fantastic day at the Virtual Tour de France, where after stage 2, our South African team kept the yellow jersey, green jersey, team competition lead and also took over the young rider white jersey.   Stage 2 of the Virtual Tour de France was a 29.5km mountain stage taking place in Watopia, on the Zwift virtual cycling platform. NTT Pro Cycling started the stage with Louis Meintjes in the yellow jersey and Stefan de Bod in the green, after yesterday’s fine team performance on stage 1 where Ryan Gibbons took the stage win. With the top 25 finishing places allRead More →

Ryan Gibbons and NTT Pro Cycling made a bit of Tour de France history today when the South African champion sprinted to the stage 1 victory of the first ever Virtual Tour de France. Racing on the the Zwift virtual cycling platform, 23 of the worlds best cycling teams lined up for the first ever virtual Tour de France today. NTT Pro Cycling’s 4-rider lineup included, Gibbons, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Rasmus Tiller. Stage 1 was an undulating 36.4km over 4 laps of Zwift’s Watopia virtual world. Each lap contained an intermediate sprint and a category 3 climb, meaning the fightRead More →

The NTT Continental Cycling Team is the u23 feeder team to our World Tour outfit. The team is based out of Lucca, Italy, but with COVID-19 bringing all cycling competition to a halt, their season has also been greatly affected. We caught up with team manager, Kevin Campbell, to get an update on the teams situation. Going back to the beginning of the year, can you provide a general update of how the continental team’s season began? The year started well for our team and the African riders in our squad. While competing for their respective national team our Eritrean and Ethiopian riders competed inRead More →

The Digital Swiss 5 is a series of five virtual races taking place over sections of the 2020 Tour de Suisse parcours. It featured a large number of the world’s top teams and ridden on the Rouvy platform. An exciting event, saw our squad deliver overall some very strong performances. Below is a rolling report of how the event unfolded for our team. Race 5: Sunday 25 April Ben O’Connor once again showed his ability to suffer in delivering another strong performance in the final race of the Digital Swiss 5 finishing 7th. Teammates Domenico Pozzovivo and Gino Mader both showed their mettle too capping off a very strong week for the team overall. Watch O’Connor’s video report below forRead More →

Giacomo Nizzolo powered to victory on stage 2 of Paris-Nice ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), to secure his second WorldTour victory of 2020 for NTT Pro Cycling. As expected the second stage, 165.5km from Chevreuse to Châlette-sur-Loing, saw cross-winds play a crucial role in the final 32 kilometres and the in-form Italian make his move, as he joined a reduced group of eleven riders that found themselves in front for the final 10km. Together with Nizzolo, the group included recent winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Jasper Stuyven, three riders from Bora- Hansgrohe and Nils Politt. Nizzolo timed his sprint perfectly, to stormRead More →

Giacomo Nizzolo claimed his 4th podium of 2020 after winning the bunch sprint for second place at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. A superb solo effort from Kasper Asgreen (DQT) saw the Dane hold off the peleton bearing down on him to take the win in Kuurne. For the Italian it was reward for an excellent day out as he covered all of the differing moves throughout, climbing well and taking advantage of the fact that some of his rivals had raced on Saturday, to finish in scintillating fashion. That result brought an end to the ‘Opening Weekend’ in Belgium and set the tone for what promisesRead More →

This weekend we will be in France for a UCI 1.Pro double header, taking on the Faun Ardeche Classic on Saturday and Royal Bernard Drome Classic on Sunday. The French classics take place in the respective hilly regions of south-east France and so the punchy type climbers are expected to go head-to-head for top honours. NTT Pro Cycling will have a few options over the weekend, with a versatile climbing group taking on both races. Carlos Barbero, Roman Kreuziger and Ben King will lead our younger climbing talents of Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Gino Mader and Matteo Sobrero. Completing our team will be our newly crowned SouthRead More →

Max Walscheid (NTT Pro Cycling) produced a powerful sprint to win the final stage of the Tour de Langkawi, and in doing so, he also rode away with the green points jersey. The final stage of the Tour de Langkawi took place on the island of Langkawi, over a 108km route which also included 6 local laps on a 9km circuit. NTT Pro Cycling wanted to end the UCI 2.HC event on a high note by securing the green jersey on the shoulders of Walscheid and also taking aim at the final stage win. It would not be a straight forward sprint stage though asRead More →

Ben O’ Connor soloed to an impressive victory on stage 4 of Etoile de Bessèges for NTT Pro Cycling. It was an inspired team performance that set Ben O’Connor up for the win on stage 4 of the Etoile de Bessèges. Initially, O’Connor made it into the early break of the day with 6 other riders but with 55km to go of the 138km stage, NTT Pro Cycling looked to shake up proceedings by relentlessly attacking from the peloton. First, Andreas Stokbro made a move but he was brought back by the main group. Then Michael Gogl jumped clear and he got a slight gapRead More →

Taj Jones (ARA Pro Racing) won stage 2 of the Tour de Langkawi, beating Max Walscheid (NTT Pro Cycling) and Jeremy Lecroq (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept) in the mass sprint. Stage 2 of the Tour de Langkawi was a long but mostly flat 175km route along the Eastern coast. A break of 5 riders animated the early part of the stage but the yellow jersey team of Vino-Astana Motors held them in check. NTT Pro Cycling came to the fore in the final 40km to ensure a bunch sprint would decide the stage, as Walscheid was targeting the stage win. The team worked reallyRead More →