• Amanuel Gebregziabher of NTT Pro Cycling (Getty)Source: Getty
Clothing brand Assos has reportedly stepped in as a sponsor to help WorldTour squad NTT Pro Cycling stay afloat in 2021, though there is no confirmation as yet as to what the squad will be called with NTT departing as title sponsors.
SBS Cycling Central

20 Nov 2020 - 8:48 AM 

The WorldTour squad had been preparing to roll up the team, but late interest from Assos seems set to secure the team's presence in 2021. 

The move comes after current title sponsor NTT announced that they would step down from the team at the end of 2020 in a move that was confirmed in September. 

Some of the team's stars are expected to leave, with Australian Giro d'Italia stage winner Ben O'Connor, Michael Valgren and Edvald Boasson Hagen set to depart the squad, but most of the 2020 team is expected to stay, including in-form sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo and Italian climber Domenico Pozzovivo. 

“It’s not 100 per cent but normally today or in the next day we’ll have confirmation that the team will be here next year,” Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews on Monday.

“We’re just waiting for the confirmation and if the team continues then I’ll stay. I think it will be WorldTour next year and I’m optimistic and confident in Douglas Ryder (team principal for NTT Pro Cycling). He is doing the maximum and it’s not easy to find sponsors. I don’t know exactly who the sponsor will be.”

Australian Dylan Sunderland was signed on a two-year deal last season and will stay with the squad, but the fate of compatriot Ben Dyball is less certain after a season marred by early illness never really got going.

NTT Pro Cycling had a budget estimated at €14 million by L'Equipe for 2020, though it is uncertain exactly how accurate that figure is with fluctuations due to COVID-19.