WORLD TOUR CYCLING
King of the Mountain Nicholas Dlamini cracks mould
Dlamini becomes the first black South African to wear a leader’s jersey in cycling
Nicholas Dlamini may never forget Kersbrook Road through the delightfully named nature reserve of Humbug Scrub outside Adelaide, South Australia, after he sprinted up it to become the first black South African to wear a leader’s jersey at a World Tour race on Tuesday.Dlamini, who has moved up to Team Dimension Data’s World Tour squad for 2018, out-powered Australians Will Clarke (EF Education First) and Scott Bowden (UniSA) to take the points at the King of the Mountains hot spot on the 145km first stage of the Tour Down Under.The stage was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel.It is a long way from the humble beginnings of Capricorn township in Cape Town to Humbug Scrub. For Dlamini, who still shares a house there with his mother and siblings, the journey to riding on cycling’s grand stage has been one that has had its moments of joy and hardship, but that has never lacked in focus."This is the highest level of the sport so I am really excited to be wearing a leader’s jersey in my f...