Victor Campenaerts put in a stunning performance on the final stage on a fast and flat 15.7km individual time trial, which saw him in the race ‘hot seat’ for some time before World Champion, Filippo Ganna (INS), unseated him in impressive fashion.
The Belgian, who has put in some superb performances during the race, capped it off in superb fashion in the perfect way to round off an important race for the team
Domenico Pozzovivo epitomised grit and determination throughout, producing multiple strong and important performances for our team. An untimely mechanical on stage 20 cost him valuable time, but he still managed to finish 11th on the general classification, after an excellent time trial and narrowly missing out on 10th position.
NTT Pro Cycling finished 6th on the overall team classification, secured one incredible stage win through Ben O’Connor as well as three second places, to go with nine top-10 stage finishes.
The team also spent the majority of the race in top-10 on the general classification, also a first for our outfit, and in the process drew significant added exposure to our team’s purpose in raising awareness for the Qhubeka Charity.
Douglas Ryder- Team Principal
The 103rd Giro came to a close on Sunday and it was the best Giro d’Italia that our team has ever ridden. A stage win and three second places, and we were also 6th place in the team competition, it was very impressive.
But I think the most important element out of all of this was that every single one of the selected riders realised their full potential in this race. Everybody gave everything that they could every single day and that was absolutely brilliant.
If you think that we had two neo-pros and they made it all the way to the finish – that was spectacular – and then the team racing as a unit, fighting for the general classification, which had it’s up’s and down’s. But in the end everybody involved committed with every ounce to the plan and to each other to try and make it a success. It was inspiring to watch, it was just amazing to see how the riders grew in confidence over the three weeks.
This has really helped us with the conversations that we’re having with potential partners into this team. This performance has continued to grow the team’s visibility around the world and it’s been an amazing three weeks.
It’s unbelievable (to be finishing the Giro after his crash in 2019) and I think this has been the most important three weeks of my life. To think that I could recover and be in the fight for the GC at the Giro, is actually unbelievable. And now I have done it, with the full support of the team and now we can look forward to what’s to come.
This was a very important ride, to be back in good shape in a Grand Tour and also fighting for the GC. This was a very important for me, my family but also very much for the team.
The Giro was almost the epitome of my journey at NTT, it was really up and down with some big successes and some lows. During the first week I really struggled and was lucky to get through. Then things gradually got better and I was feeling confident and we had some brilliant team performances.
This has been the best Grand Tour that I’ve done so far; to have my first WorldTour stage win and for it to be at the Giro is pretty remarkable, particularly in how this year has been.
I’m very happy as it was a really nice race for me and the team. I had my crash early on but managed to recover and the team did a fantastic result overall. It was amazing compared to last year as we had such a great race with winning a stage, being in the GC fight but most importantly also riding so well together.
The vibe has been really good in the team and personally it was a great experience to race the Giro after such a crazy year. We had some brilliant days of racing, it’s also the first one that I have finished so that was nice.
Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
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About NTT Pro Cycling:
Founded in 2007, NTT Pro Cycling (formerly Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) (www.NTTProCycling.com) 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
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.
About NTT Ltd. :
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Campenaerts completes best-ever Giro d’Italia for NTT Pro Cycling