'It's been an incredible journey': The story of Nic Dlamini and his first Tour de France

The South African speaks on his upbringing, racism, riding his debut Tour, and why he refused to give up on the climb to Tignes

Nic Dlamini
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The video of Nic Dlamini crossing the finish line of stage nine one hour and 24 minutes after stage winner Ben O'Connor, 40 minutes outside the time cut and as the publicity caravan began to make its way back down the mountain, gave the South African the story he deserved this Tour de France.

His journey from township to Tour is an incredible one - and we'll hear from Dlamini about it in a bit - but it was great to see the 25-year-old acknowledged solely as one of the other 177 riders in the race.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.