Nic Dlamini, you might have heard of him. If you haven’t,
his story is worth reading, because you’ll hear a lot more of him in the coming
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 1.