The future of Team Qhubeka NextHash is in doubt after the team announced that it wasn’t in a position to apply for a UCI WorldTour licence for next year.
The issue would appear to be sponsorship and funding, which is what numerous cycling media outlets is reporting.
The South African squad, who have been suffering financial problems in recent months, did not submit their paperwork by the ‘soft’ deadline of 15 October.
However, they have not given up hope, with Team Principal Doug Ryder adding that they were “actively engaged with potential partners and current partners” as they look to continue next season.
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Despite missing the deadline, the team will still be able to make the WorldTour for 2022. Last year they also missed the deadline but registered in November, having been saved by a sponsorship deal with clothing brand Assos.
Back in August, the team were reportedly struggling to pay riders and staff as they waited for sponsors to transfer funding, while Cyclingnews has reported that Qhubeka NextHash riders had been told they were free to seek alternative employment for next season – even if they were under contract with the team.