Team Qhubeka development squad will continue in 2022

A unique ASSOS design was used for 2021 Qhubeka Assos team jerseys
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The Team Qhubeka development squad will continue to race in 2022 despite continued uncertainty over the WorldTour Qhubeka-NextHash team. The news over the future of the Continental team was confirmed by the management on Saturday evening after Cyclilngnews had learned that the team were in the process of filling spots on the roster for next season.

The news comes as a welcome relief for the organisation with time running out for team boss Doug Ryder to save the WorldTour entity with a major title sponsor still needed.

The development team has acted as a huge stepping stone for young riders, especially from Africa. The riders have used the platform to race internationally and step up to the WorldTour ranks with a number of successes over the years.

Henok Mulubrhan is the latest sensation to come through the ranks with the 21-year-old signing a two-year deal with the WorldTour team should they continue next season. Other riders who have come through the programme at the U23 level include Ryan Gibbons, Keagen Girdlestone, Stefan de Bod, Connor Brown, Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael, Alexander Konychev,  Matteo Sobrero, and Samuele Battistella.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.