Campenaerts: Qhubeka Assos need a new sponsor to stay alive in 2022

GORIZIA ITALY MAY 23 Oscar Riesebeek of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Albert Torres Barcelo of Spain and Movistar Team Victor Campenaerts of Belgium and Team Qhubeka Assos during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 15 a 147km stage from Grado to Gorizia Rain Fans Public UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 23 2021 in Gorizia Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) attacks on stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Last October, as the Giro d’Italia and the strangest season of all drew towards a close, a quiet desperation gripped the riders of the NTT team. Still without a sponsor for the 2021 season, they wondered whether these would be their final days in the professional peloton.

Victor Campenaerts’ pedigree meant that he would surely have found a home somewhere else but, like his teammates, he was still fighting for his future deep into October. In the last three days of that Giro, Campenaerts placed second as part of the break in Asti and again in the final time trial in Milan. Close, but no victory. No security, either.

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