South African trending cyclist Nic Dlamini, If you haven’t, his story is worth reading, because there is a possibility that the limelight will be on him in the comig years.
Born in Capricorn Park in Cape Town, Dlamini has been making waves (or is that spokes?) on the cycling circuit for a few years now.
He once described his training rides as being something loaded with fear. Because of the prevalence of gang violence, he’d worry that if he were to run into criminals it was “him or the bike”.
He made it, though, and is currently part of Team Dimension Data Riding for Qhubeka. The team is currently racing in the Tour de Yorkshire.
Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles) replicated the opening stage of the 2018 version of the Tour de Yorkshire by winning from the breakaway in the first stage of the 2019 version.
Mark Cavendish finished eighth, among the front group of the bunch, as one of five of our riders all on the same time.
In very cold and wet conditions over the duration of the course from Doncaster to Selby; Nic Dlamini, Rasmus Tiller and Tom-Jelte Slagter all took turns on the front of the group, along with other teams, to try and reel in the four-man breakaway.
They were left agonizingly close though as Asselman managed to hold out with the rest of the group being caught on the finish line.
But sometimes, it’s not the result that steals the show, it’s the journey. And Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire was no different.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Dalmini said:
“We came really close (to catching the break) but unfortunately the timing in the end was bad. We tried but there weren’t a lot of teams (looking at) controlling so it was basically up to us and Ineos for the whole day.
“We’re looking forward to tomorrow (Friday), making that count and then on to the rest of the weekend.”
But sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words so, we’d like to present you simply with this epic shot from Stage