Nicholas Dlamini takes Tour Down Under Mountains Jersey on professional debut
Jan 16 2018 01:54 pm CET

Nicholas Dlamini takes Tour Down Under Mountains Jersey on professional debut
Nicholas Dlamini takes Tour Down Under Mountains Jersey on professional debut
Photo of Nicholas Dlamini (c) Stiehl Photography

South African Nicholas Dlamini of Dimension Data has begun his professional career in an impressive manner by taking the Tour Down Under King of the Mountains Jersey on the opening day.

Dlamini attacked along with two other riders and won the mountain sprint after 38 kilometers to ensure his top position in the climbing standings, even though he and his companions were caught by the peloton later on.

"The day started off really well with a relaxed start because the peloton just let us go when we attacked," Dlamini explained.

"There was one experienced rider in the move, Will Clarke, so I had to keep an eye on him, but he was actually a really good guy to ride alongside. In our stage tactical meeting the plan was always for me to make the break and take the Mountains jersey. In that type of situation, I have the best kick in the team so I am happy it all went according to plan.

"We have some bigger objectives for the race with Tom and the GC, so we'll have to see what happens about keeping the jersey but it is great to have it for now. This is the highest level of the sport so I am really excited to be wearing a leader’s jersey in my first race, I hope for more of the same during the rest of the season."

Dlamini made the move from the Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Dimension Data's development team, following a convincing performance in the Girobio (Baby Giro), where he ended up winning the mountains classification. He also finished fifth in the Tour de Hongrie.




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