SA’s only World Tour cycling team snaps up top Italian star

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Italy Fabio Aru, the 2015 Vuelta a Espana winner, has joined South Africa’s only elite World Tour team, Qhubeka ASSOS.

Aru, 30, has raced for the UAE Emirates team since 2018, with his most successful spell coming before that with Astana.

ARU HOPING THE MOVE WITH REIGNITE HIS CAREER

The Italian, a climbing specialist, is hoping the move will reignite his career.

“Over the past few years I haven’t enjoyed the success I was hoping for,” said the Sardinian-born rider.

He is the latest new recruit snapped up by Qhubeka Assos who recently announced the arrival of Australian Simon Clarke, Belgian Dimitri Claeys, Swiss rider Kilian Frankiny and Pole Lukasz Wisniowski.

ASSOS Of Switzerland is the new headline sponsor of the team which was previously known as NTT Pro Cycling.

The last-minute deal landed by team principal Douglas Ryder saved the team its World Tour status.

The team has signed a host of new riders ahead of the new season.

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