Nicholas Dlamini got his professional career and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's 2018 season off to an excellent start, by pulling on the King of the Mountains jersey at the end of the Tour Down Under opening 145km stage. Dlamini made the 3-man break of the day, escaping in the opening kilometer with Will Clarke (EF Education First) and Scott Bowden (UniSA).
The trio rode to a 4-minute lead over the peloton before Dlamini proved to have the superior kick for the King of the Mountain prime at kilometer 38. Dlamini and Clarke then pushed on after the climb but the peloton kept their lead in check, ensuring a sprint would decide the stage. Dlamini was back in the peloton with 25km to go but all set for his first trip to the podium at a World Tour race.
Dlamini, who hails from the township of Capricorn Park in Cape Town, South Africa, graduated from our feeder team last season to join our World Tour team in 2018. While Dlamini may come from a humble upbringing, his talent and hard work was confirmed today on the world cycling stage. Dlamini will no doubt be looking forward to tomorrow's stage, wearing the Subaru King of the Mountains Polka Dot Jersey.
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was the fastest to the line in Lyndoch, securing the stage win and the Ochre leaders jersey. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) was 2nd and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) placed 3rd. Tomorrow the Tour Down Under will make its way to Stirling from Unley, over 148km with a short kicker to the line set to play a serious role in the stage outcome.