Qhubeka Assos signs Simon Clarke, Dimitri Claeys and Kilian Frankiny
Nov 26 2020 05:50 am CET

Qhubeka Assos signs Simon Clarke, Dimitri Claeys and Kilian Frankiny
Qhubeka Assos signs Simon Clarke, Dimitri Claeys and Kilian Frankiny
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Team Qhubeka Assos has announced the signings of Simon Clarke, Dimitri Claeys and Kilian Frankiny for 2021.

Clarke makes the move to the South African team -currently known as NTT Pro Cycling- from EF Pro Cycling where he was since 2016. The rider has a palmares that includes victories in two stages of the Vuelta a España and the Royal Bernard Drome Classic, an overall win in the Herald Sun Tour and top five places in races like the Amstel Gold Race, the Tour de la Provence and the Tour of Norway.

"I’m really thrilled to be taking on a new challenge with Team Qhubeka Assos," said the Australian. "In one way, this is a sort of homecoming in that my father is South African and I’ve always felt some sort of deeper interest and pull towards the team.

"The opportunity to find out more and contribute to the amazing work that the Qhubeka Charity does is truly unique, and the South African side of my family is already pushing me to ensure that I get the pronunciation correct – so I have some work to do!"

Claeys joins the team after spending four years in Cofidis and with the objective of being a significant player in the Classics roster. The Belgian has finished in the sixth place of the Tour of Flanders 2020 and will be part of the group that includes Giacomo Nizzolo and Max Walscheid to fight for results.

"I am very honoured to ride for Team Qhubeka Assos next season," affirmed Claeys. "2020 was a strange season for all of us but my performance at Flanders, in particular, was very pleasing for me and I look forward to reproducing more performances like that next season.

"This team has a very special history, over a relatively short period of time, which I now look forward to not only add to but to play a part in creating the next chapter of that journey."

The 26-year-old Frankiny will arrive to the team after a 2020 in which he had two top-five stage finishes in the Giro d'Italia and will be looking to take a next step up in his career and his climbing abilities will serve to support the team's general classification aspirations in the big races.

"I’m very excited to start 2021 with my new team, Team Qhubeka Assos," commented the Swiss. "I can’t wait to find out more about the Charity as I think it’s a great thing to distribute bicycles to help. I’m really looking forward to racing; a new challenge and adventures with a team that has set itself some lofty goals for the season ahead.

"It’s also very nice to have two Swiss brands on board in Assos and BMC. I know these brands already, and they are exceptional, and with me being Swiss I’m really excited to go back to these two brands. I hope to, and will, give my absolute very best to fulfil the goals of the team to achieve good results and to perform at my very best in order for us to be a great team in 2021."



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